Orr, Surdam Win Cheyenne Mayoral Primary
The two female candidates for mayor of Cheyenne will square off in the November general election after winning the primary election on Tuesday.
Marian Orr, a long-time lobbyist, took first place in the balloting with roughly 29 percent of the vote. Amy Surdam, President of the Cheyenne Downtown Development Authority and the President of the Board of the Children's Museum of Cheyenne, edged former state legislator Pete Illoway for second place.
Cheyenne City Councilman Richard Johnson, who has mounted a write-in campaign for mayor, has said he will remain in the race in November as well.
In the Republican primary for the Laramie County Commission the two incumbents, Amber Ash and Keith "Buck" Holmes, were the winners. Cheyenne firefighter Kevin Tighe finished third and former commissioner M. Lee Hasenauer, attempting a political comeback, was fourth with just under 20 percent of the vote.
In the Republican primary for State Senate District 4, Tara Nethercott defeated David Pope by a margin of 46 percent to 35 percent. Nethercott will face Representative Ken Esquibel in November. Esquibel was unopposed for the Democratic nomination.
A couple of cliffhangers in local legislative races could trigger recounts. In House District 41 Bill Henderson edged Patrick Fitzgerald by a single vote 583 tp 582. And in Senate District 6 Anthony Bouchard edged Dave Zwonitzer by 4 votes 1,137 to 1,133.
All of the results are unofficial until they are certified by the state canvassing board.