Sen. Mike Gierau

Mike Gierau (D-Jackson) returned to Cheyenne this year as a state senator after serving one term in the state house of representatives.

Teton County candidates for Wyoming Legislature raised significant amounts of cash heading into Tuesday’s general election. The race for Senate District 17 netted more money than any other Senate contest.

Democrat Mike Gierau raised $25,480 to Republican Kate Mead’s $17,700. While Republicans generally raised more money than their Democratic opponents in Wyoming, Gierau outraised all candidates for a state Senate seat. Mead raised the fourth-most, Wyoming Secretary of State reports show.

Gierau’s top donors included $1,500 each from Pete Jorgensen and Tom Evans. He also took funds from political action committees: the Wyoming Rural Electric Association PAC ($250), Wyoming Education Association PAC ($200), Cigna PAC ($250), United Transportation PAC ($500), Wyoming Hospital Association PAC ($500), Wyoming Public Employees Association PAC ($1,000), Lawyers Active in Wyoming PAC ($500) and Federated Firefighters of Wyoming PAC ($500).

Mead’s top donors included $1,500 each from Virginia Elkins, Neal Manne and Nancy McGregor, and $1,000 each from Dunham F. Jewett and Muffy Ferro. She also received funds from PACs including Pfizer PAC ($100), Common Values PAC ($250), Wyoming Realtors ($500), Wyoming Stock Growers Ag PAC ($200) and Wyoming State Senate Republican Conference PAC ($500).

In the race for House District 22, the candidates raised competing funds from the Gore-Tex and Patagonia families. Read the full story in the Jackson Hole Daily.  

Contact Allie Gross at 732-7063, county@jhnewsandguide.com or @JHNGcounty.

Allie Gross covers Teton County government. Originally from the Chicago area, she joined the News&Guide in 2017 after studying politics and Spanish at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

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