Filing opens for 2018 elections

By Sarah Pridgeon

The filing dates for those wishing to run for office at the municipal, county or state level will be open from May 17 to June for the primary election this year. These dates apply to most county and state elected positions, although special district and school board applications will not be accepted until later in the year.

As well as two county commissioner positions, interested parties should file with the County Clerk between those dates to run for county offices including County Coroner, Attorney, Sheriff, Clerk, Treasurer, Assessor and Clerk of District Court.

Each county officer is elected for a four-year term. Applicants will be asked to complete an application form to confirm their details and eligibility and must pay the appropriate filing fee.

All applicants for office must be qualified electors, although there is no waiting time between registering as a voter and filing an application to run for office.

To qualify, applicants for county assessor must also own real property in the county, while the county attorney must be a member of the bar of Wyoming.

Candidates for committee precinct seats must reside within the precinct they are seeking to represent. There is no fee to file an application for this office.

To run for a mayoral or council member seat in the City of Sundance or the Towns of Moorcroft or Pine Haven, visit the municipal clerks in the appropriate municipality. The mayoral and two council member seats in each municipality are open for election, each to serve a four-year term.

Candidates for municipal seats may not hold an office or employment that conflicts or is incompatible with the office for which they are filing and must have been a registered voter and resident of the municipality and ward for at least one year preceding the elections.

For Crook County’s district, a four-year term for the Wyoming State Senate and a two-year term for the Wyoming House of Representatives are both up for election. Four-year terms are also up for election for the Governor, Secretary of State, Auditor, Treasurer and Superintendent of Public Instruction.

All applications should be filed with the Secretary of State before June 1.

The County Clerk will be accepting filings for the Crook County School District Board of Trustees, as well as for the medical services district, museum district and natural resource district, later in the year. These officers are chosen at the general election.