By Matt Murphy, Wyoming Tribune Eagle
CHEYENNE – Kym Zwonitzer has filed a petition to run as an independent candidate in Senate District 6, challenging Anthony Bouchard, who won the Republican primary for the seat.
Zwonitzer was the only independent candidate from a Laramie County district to file a petition by the Monday deadline.
The Wyoming Secretary of State’s office must still certify that Zwonitzer has enough registered voters who have signed the petition before she is placed on the ballot.
Zwonitzer is the wife of current Rep. Dave Zwonitzer.
Dave Zwonitzer also ran as a Republican for the Senate District 6 seat, but while he won in Laramie County, he lost the portion of the district that lies in Goshen County, causing him to lose to Bouchard by four votes.
Lindi Kirkbride was the other Republican candidate in that race.
Three other candidates filed petitions to run as independents in the state: Joseph Porambo in House District 58, Sandra Newsome in House District 24 and Cindy Baldwin in Senate District 18.
Three presidential candidates also could be added to the ballot if their petitions are certified to have enough registered voter signatures – 3,302 in all.
Supporters of Dr. Jill Stein, a Green Party candidate, turned in what they said was almost 12,000 signatures.
A press release from the Wyoming Green Party said if Stein is placed on the ballot, it would be the first time a Green Party presidential candidate would appear on the statewide ballot in Wyoming.
Stein would technically be an independent candidate on the ballot, however, as the Green Party does not currently have full ballot access in Wyoming.
Evan McMullin, an independent presidential candidate, may also appear on the ballot.
McMullin is a conservative who is running as an alternative to Donald Trump and is appealing to Republican voters who do not support Trump.
Supporters of his campaign filed their signatures Monday afternoon.
Finally, the campaign of Rocky De La Fuente also filed for him to run as an independent candidate.
De La Fuente sought the Democratic Party’s nomination earlier this year, but did not succeed.
With the petitions filed, the Secretary of State’s office now has to verify at least 3,302 signatures for each petition.
The office will run names through the state’s voter database until it is determined that the number of required signatures has been reached.
“We need to verify they meet the threshold,” said State Election Director Kai Schon.
Once a petition has been certified, the Secretary of State’s office will issue a press release announcing the candidate will appear on the general election ballot.
The office has until Sept. 8 to complete the task.
Author: Matt Murphy
Publisher: Wyoming Tribune Eagle
Date: August 30, 2016