Secretary Of State

Wyoming now has four major political parties. That’s according to the Secretary of State’s office. The Libertarian and Constitution parties received more than ten percent of the vote in the Secretary of State race during the 2014 midterms, which means they are now considered major parties by the Wyoming Government.

Ed Murray for Wyoming (campaign)

Last night Ed Murray emerged with the GOP nomination for Secretary of State after running a close race against Ed Buchanan.

Buchanan was in the lead from when the polls closed at 7pm until almost 11, when results from Laramie County, the state’s largest, tipped the race decisively towards Ed Murray.

“I felt it was going to be a close race from the get go,” said Murray from Cheyenne. “We worked hard every day in anticipation that it would be close.

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Candidates disagreed about how much political lobbyists should have to disclose during last night’s Republican Primary Debate for Secretary of State.

The Center for Public Integrity ranks Wyoming as having the second to least rigorous reporting requirements for lobbyists. Ed Buchanan said he would consider tweaking the requirements, but he says there isn’t a problem.

“We really don’t have an issue with lobbyists in Wyoming doing anything that is unethical.”

Ed Murray is the last of four Republican candidates for Secretary of State. Murray is a long time Cheyenne businessman who says he is new blood with a lot of passion.

Ed Buchanan is one of four people running on the Republican Ballot for Secretary of State. Buchanan served in the Wyoming House of Representatives for a decade and served as Speaker of the House. He’s a former officer in the Air Force and is currently an attorney. He speaks with Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck.

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The State of Wyoming will not oppose third party candidates raising money during the primary season.

Current state law says those candidates cannot raise money until after the primary.

That law was challenged in federal court last month by Jennifer Young, Secretary of State Candidate for the Constitution party.

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Pete Illoway has a background in working for both the U-S and State Department of Agriculture, Wycon Chemical Company, Coastal Chem, Inc. and the economic development operation Cheyenne Leads. He is currently a consultant and lobbyist. Illoway was a state representative from 1998 to 2012. 

During that time he chaired a committee that worked closely with the Secretary of State’s office. He joins Bob Beck.

Learn more about Pete Illoway.

Rock Springs Republican Clark Stith is one of four candidates seeking the Republican nomination for Secretary of State.  Stith practices business law and is on the Rock Springs City Council.  He is also the former chairman of the Sweetwater County Republican Party.  Stith tells Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck that one thing he’d like to do is streamline the office.

A Cheyenne businessman is the fifth Republican to announce his candidacy for Secretary of State.  Ed Murray owns a real estate and investment company and wants to use his business experience to update the office of Secretary of State.  Among his goals are to make the position more business friendly.                      

Two former legislators have announced that they will seek the Republican nomination to become Wyoming's Secretary of State.  Incumbent Max Maxfield is not seeking re-election. 

Former House Corporations Committee Chairman Pete Illoway  says he actually considered running for the office several years ago.  His committee worked closely with the Secretary of State to modernize the post.  Illoway wants to continue making it business friendly.

Two Republicans plan to run for Wyoming’s soon-to-be-open Secretary of State seat.  Current Secretary Max Maxfield announced that he would not seek re-election.

The two candidates are State Representative Dan Zwonitzer of Cheyenne, and Clark Stith, a lawyer from Rock Springs.

Stith says he wants to make government smaller and more transparent.

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.

A woman who served Wyoming as Secretary of State for 24 years has died.  Thyra Thomson died Tuesday at the age of 96.

She was elected to the office in 1962, just two years after her husband Congressman and U-S Senator-elect Keith Thomson  died of a heart attack.  Thyra Thomson served until 1987.  Thomson was an advocate for comparable worth, equal pay for women and affordable day care.  During a 1993 interview for the state archive’s she noted that wage disparity was a serious issue and tried to work on it.

The Wyoming Secretary of State’s office says a petition drive to repeal a law removing powers from the State Superintendent has fallen short. 

State Elections Director Peggy Nighswonger says she notified the Wyoming Constitution Party that the referendum will not be placed on the ballot.

“The petition filed on May 28th did not have the number of signatures required by Wyoming’s Constitution in Article 3 section 52,” Nighswonger said.

Maxfield warns of Business identity theft

Apr 17, 2012

       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.” 

The Wyoming Senate is working on a pair of bills intended to give the Secretary of State more power and authority to deal with shell corporations. 

Those are companies without active business operations or significant assets and sometimes viewed as tax havens. 

Senator Cale Case says there are a number of loose ends the state is trying to tie up.