Wyoming Secretary of State Max Maxfield says he will not run for a third term even though he won a lawsuit before the state supreme court last year that affirms his right to do so.
Maxfield offered no explanation in making that announcement today to about a dozen people in the state Capitol. He said only that in retirement he plans to focus on his wife, Gayla, who was standing next to him.
Maxfield says he was thinking about running as recently as last week.
Wyoming Secretary of State Max Maxfield has won a year-long law suit to remove term limits for most statewide elected officials. Nearly a decade ago, the Wyoming Supreme Court overturned a voter initiative that instituted term limits – but the reversal only applied to state legislators. Secretary of State Max Maxfield says he believed that term limits were also unconstitutional when it came to his own office, and those of other statewide elected officials. So, he waited until he was in this – his final term – to file suit as an individual.
The state of Wyoming says Secretary of State Max Maxfield has no legal basis to file a lawsuit over term limits for state elected officials.
In a recent filing with the state Supreme Court, Wyoming Attorney General Greg Phillips argued that because Maxfield has not said whether he will seek a third term he hasn't been harmed by the term limit law.
The Wyoming Supreme Court has agreed to decide Secretary of State Max Maxfield's lawsuit challenging term limits for statewide elected officials. Chief Justice Marilyn S. Kite on Tuesday signed a notice that the court will decide whether the state law setting term limits for statewide elected officials is constitutional and enforceable. District Judge Thomas C. Campbell of Cheyenne earlier asked the high court to resolve the question. Maxfield is now in his second four-year term as secretary of
Wyoming Secretary of State Max Maxfield is joining a nationwide effort to warn business owners about what is known as business identity theft.
Maxfield says thieves have been able to take on the identity of a business by taking over businesses that are either recently dissolved or about to be dissolved. He says thieves get the company reinstated and then change key information so that they have control of the business.
“Charging huge accounts to that business and basically causing financial ruins to the owners of the businesses.”