Pine Bluffs Post - Serving all of Eastern Laramie County since 1908

By Jimmie Earls
Pine Bluffs Post Editor 

Voters make their choice


Becky Christofferson/Pine Bluffs Post

Kyle Zerck, left, and Kay Dersham carefully look over their respective ballots while voting in the 2016 general election at the Pine Bluffs Community Center Tuesday morning. Laramie County Clerk Debra Lee said voter turnout was heavy and consistent throughout the day with wait times varying from 30 to 60 minutes.

After all the posturing and politicing, the 2016 election season has come to a close and the unofficial results are in.

On the national scene, Republican Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton, earning 66 percent of the vote. In the battle for U.S. Representative, Republican Liz Cheney easily defeated Democrat challenger Ryan Greene with 64 percent of the vote.

In statewide races, Republican Anthony Bouchard squeaked by Kym Zwonitzer by just a 31-vote margin for the District 8 state senate seat.

Republican John Eklund was elected to another two-year term as state representative in House District 10, beating Democrat Matthew Porras, 1348 votes to 224.

For State Supreme Court Justice, incumbents Catherine M. Fox, William U. Hill and Keith G. Kautz were retained in office.

For Judge A of the District Court of the First Judicial District, Judge Thomas Campbell was retained in office.

For Judge C of the District Court of the First Judicial District, Judge Catherine R. Rogers was retained in office.

For First Judicial District Circuit Court Judge, both Judge Antoinette Williams Healy and Judge Thomas Lee were retained in office.

For Laramie County Commissioner, both Amber Ash (5,596 votes) and K.N. "Buck" Holmes (5,369 votes) were re-elected.

For Laramie County Community College Board of Trustees, the top four vote-getters were elected, those being Don Erickson (2,837), Wendy Soto (2,499), Jess E. Ketcham (2,474) and Bob Salazar (1,990).

For Laramie County School District #2 Board of Trustees, in Area C, Esther Davison defeated Brain R. Blosmo, 735-504.

In Area D, Lee May beat Billie J. Wilson, 661-579.

Todd Fornstrom won in Area E, defeating Julianne Randall, 1,057-884.

In Area F, Mike Olson edged Neal Butler by just six votes, 591-585.

Among voters in Laramie County, Proposed Constitutional Amendment A, which would allow the state to use public employee retirement systems funds and permanent state funds in equities, such as stock and shares of private or public companies, passed by a margin of 4,593-3,197.

On county issues, voters elected to continue the conservation district tax for another four years, with 4,938 for and 2,891 votes against.

Concerning the tax for the Children's Museum of Cheyenne, which would impose a one-quarter of one cent sales tax for economic development, voters choose not to allow the tax by a margin of 4,459 against and 3,619 for.

Out of 38,052 registered voters in Laramie County, just 8,237 ballot were cast for a 21.65 percent voter turnout.

Laramie County Clerk Debra Lee said the official results will not be available until Friday afternoon.

"The official results will not be available until our canvassing board meets on Friday," Lee said.

Complete unofficial results can be found on the Laramie County Clerk's Web site at


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