The gubernatorial race features primary elections for both parties, with four Democrats and six Republicans.
Voters in the primary election will select a nominee for each party to compete in the general election Nov. 6.
A military veteran and businessman from Elk Mountain, Ken Casner has run for various offices from the town to state level since 2002.
Most recently he ran for House District 47 in 2016 but lost to the incumbent by a wide margin.
Michael Allen Green
A Wyoming native and Rock Springs resident, Michael Allen Green is running to push for more and diverse jobs.
“The economy is basically not too sound,” said Green, who has worked in retail. “It’s very hard to find good, full-time work in this state. We’ve got to diversify the economy.”
Mary Throne served for a decade as Wyoming state representative for District 11, from 2007 to 2017, and was minority leader for the last four years.
The phrase the attorney uses to describe her political philosophy is “common sense,” and she doesn’t concern herself with party lines. The key to the state’s success, she said, is a budget overhaul.
“It’s really about putting Wyoming first and not getting caught up in the national hoopla,” she said in an interview with the News&Guide. “Our politics in Wyoming the last several years have become too nationalized, and we really lost focus on what matters in Wyoming.”
A military veteran and carpenter from Cheyenne, Rex Wilde is largely running on a single issue: legalization of medical and recreational marijuana.
He argues marijuana could be a boon to the state’s healthcare and economy. He advocates putting it to a vote.
“We need to make it legal,” he told the Wyoming Tribune Eagle. “Which in this state is going to turn some heads, but I really don’t care.”
In his first run at public office Sheridan businessman Bill Dahlin has made economic diversification the central tenet of his campaign.
Dahlin left Wyoming to make his career in the railroad industry in the Midwest before returning to his home state.
“I left this beautiful state to seek personal opportunity I could not find in Wyoming at the time,” he said. “It is time we strengthen and stabilize our economy in Wyoming for our future generations.”
As a successful businessman with a wealth of political contacts, Foster Friess sees himself as an ideal leader for Wyoming in a crucial transition period.
The Jackson billionaire made his fortune running a mutual fund. He has donated millions to political action committees, gaining him significant influence and access in Washington, D.C.
“One of the things I bring to the governorship,” Friess said, “is all these national contacts.”
Harriet M. Hageman
The Cheyenne water rights attorney made her first run for office out of frustration with federal overreaching.
Especially when it comes to water and energy regulations, Harriet Hageman believes governors should take a more active stance in fighting back against federal policies.
“I’ve just reached the conclusion that somebody needs to address this,” Hageman told the Casper Star Tribune. “We need a leader who is willing to stand up and try to right this wrong.”
Mark Gordon was first appointed Wyoming treasurer in 2012 by Governor Matt Mead, who cited Gordon’s financial prowess as his deciding factor. In 2014 Gordon was re-elected to his position, winning 88 percent of the vote. In total, the state’s portfolio under Gordon’s leadership grew from $15 billion to nearly $21 billion. As Wyoming struggles with a $900 million deficit, he is running on his knowledge of the state’s finances.
“My experience and time as the treasurer,” he said, “has given me a great perspective on how to solve some of the fiscal challenges we have and get Wyoming back to living within its means.”
A Cheyenne entrepreneur with extensive business experience, Sam Galeotos has developed and operated several multibillion-dollar international companies.
Though he does not have personal political experience, he said he became well acquainted with that world at a young age traveling the state with his father, who worked in the administrations of two governors.
“First and foremost we need economic growth,” he said. “I’ve been leading companies, organizations and people in pursuit of solving large, complex problems and taking advantage of large opportunities. I have the skill to put Wyoming on the right path.”
Retired urologist and rancher Taylor Haynes says he’s the first person to advocate establishing a “constitutional” relationship with the federal government.
“I have a broad and deep experience in our free enterprise system,” he states on his campaign website, “my success as an entrepreneur, business owner and leader positions me uniquely to provide Wyoming the vision to lead her to a prosperous and free future.”
State officials, including Secretary of State Ed Buchanan, asked a Wyoming judge to declare Haynes ineligible to run for governor after documents suggested he may reside in Colorado. However, Laramie County District Judge Thomas Campbell ruled Haynes could continue to run.