Posted by: Scott | Friday, July 7, 2006

Park County, WY Candidate Forums

The Yellowstone League of Women Voters has announced two candidate forums in Cody and Powell on Wed. Aug. 16 and Thurs. Aug. 17 in advance of the Tues. Aug. 22 primary election.

Each town will have two forums: one for the county commission candidates and the other for candidates seeking the offices of county sheriff, county clerk, and also for the town’s contested city council seats.

  • Cody forums:
    • 6:30 PM, Cody City Hall
      • Aug. 16: County Commission
      • Aug. 17:
        • County Sheriff
        • County Clerk
        • Cody City Council Ward 3 (Tia Brown, Wes Icenogle, Bob Hooper)
    • Moderated by Mayor Roger Sedam
  • Powell Forums
    • 6:30 PM, Powell City Hall
      • Aug. 16:
        • County Sheriff
        • County Clerk
        • Powell City Council
          • Ward 1: Josh Shorb, Rodney Castle
          • Ward 2: John Wetzel, Robert Smith
          • Ward 3: John Sides, Rex Sanders
      • Aug. 17: County Comission
    • Moderated by Deb Bush (Park County Clerk’s Office)

You can mail in your county-issue questions to the county commission candidates in advance to:

Rita Lewis
PO Box 902
Cody, WY 82414

Questions must be received by Aug. 7. Questions will also be taken from the floor or from people  calling in the evening of the forums.

The County Commission forums were separated due to the large number of candidates in the race. In the 2004 election, Park County voters approved increasing the county commission from three seats to five, thus a high-interest race was born in 2006. Candidates seeking four-year terms are:

  • Cody Republicans:
    • Bill Brewer
    • Terry Hinkle
    • Max Mulford
    • Jim Vanaman
    • Jill Shockley-Siggins
  • Powell Republicans
    • Malcom Adams
    • Dennis Decker
    • Tim French (Inc.)
    • Klodette Stroh
  • Meteetsee Republican
    • Ed Farmer
  • Cody Democrat
    • Kim Capron
  • Powell Democrat
    • Tom Whitson

Candidates seeking the two-year term are Frank Child, Marie Fontaine (Inc.), and Mike McCue, all Republicans of Cody.

David Brown, a Powell Republican, is challenging Sheriff Scott Steward (also a Powell Republican), who is filling in the remainder of Dave Doyle’s term, in the County Sheriff’s race. In related news, the Scott Steward for Sheriff Committee has launched a website, which you can view here.

Karen Carter is seeking re-election to the County Clerk, but not without competition from Cheryle Hancock and Jeri Gams-Torczon, all Republicans.

So, if you are a Park County resident and just as curious and confused about these candidates as I am, make plans to attend the candidate forums this August.

(HT: Carole Cloudwalker; July 3, 2006 Cody Enterprise, page A-6)



  1. […] I still have some state-level offices to decide up as well as some county-level offices. If you are sill in that decision process, contact Wyoming Public TV for the rerun schedule of the state office debates. Here in Park County, there will be four Meet the Candidates forums hosted by the Yellowstone League of Women Voters (two in Cody, two in Powell). The Cody Forums will be broadcast live on KODI this Wednesday and Thursday night. […]

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