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.
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.
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.
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.”