BY AARON LECLAIR / LBEDIT7@LARAMIEBOOMERANG.COM • SATURDAY, AUGUST 21, 2010
The Albany County Canvassing Board certified Friday the unofficial results for the 2010 primary election.
The official results show that voter turnout was 6,580, with Democrats casting 2,727 votes (41.4 percent) and Republicans casting 3,679 (55.9 percent).
Write-in candidates have emerged in the county assessor, State House District 14 and State Senate District 9 races.
Democrat Craig C. Cook received 42 write-in votes and has accepted the nomination to run against Republican Kermit C. Brown for HD 14.
In the county assessor’s race, Cheri Frank received enough write-in votes from Republicans to challenge Democrat Grant C. Showacre if she accepts the nomination.
In an e-mail, Frank said she would not comment until the official results are posted and she is “notified officially of what the process involves.”
For SD 9, Republican Matthew L. Lundberg received more than the 25 write-in votes necessary to challenge Democrat Chris Rothfuss, who defeated Jodi Guerin in his party’s primary election.
Republican voters spelled Lundberg’s name six different ways on their ballots, which all added up to 29 write-in votes.
If the Wyoming Secretary of State’s Office certifies his write-in candidacy, Lundberg said he would accept the Republican nomination for SD 9.
Lundberg said he agreed to a write-in campaign for SD 9 after dismissing a plan to run for House District 45 after Republican Matt Greene had filed for the seat.
“Some folks knew that I was thinking of running and knew that Senate District 9 would be unopposed, and asked if I’d be willing to run a write-in campaign,” he said. “I agreed to do that.”
A political newcomer, Lundberg said he is looking forward to campaigning and showing the voters that he is the best candidate for SD 9.
“It’s going to be a challenge, and I’m looking forward to the challenge,” he said. “I don’t know a lot about Chris Rothfuss, but I’m looking forward to debating issues with him.”
Lundberg said he is a building materials salesperson and lifelong Laramie resident.