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Wyoming GOP announces candidates for state schools superintendent appointment

The restored Wyoming State Capitol building is seen at night on Feb. 11, 2020, in Cheyenne. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City File)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Republican Party has announced that 12 candidates have submitted application materials to be considered for the State Superintendent of Public Instruction position in Wyoming.

The candidates will present their credentials before the Wyoming Republican Party State Central Committee in Douglas on Saturday.

Former superintendent Jillian Balow announced her resignation earlier this month to take a similar position in Virginia. Wyoming Department of Education Chief Policy Educator Kari Eakins is currently serving as interim superintendent.

A Republican successor will be appointed by Governor Mark Gordon to fill the position until the November election.

According to state statute (22-18-111), the State Central Committee will pick three candidates for the governor’s consideration. Gordon will interview those candidates and select a successor within five days. He is expected to make an appointment on February 1.

The candidates are as follows:

  • Michelle Aldrich
  • Megan Degenfelder
  • Reagan Kaufman 
  • Thomas Kelly 
  • Jayme Lien
  • David Northrup 
  • Joseph Heywood
  • Joshua Valk 
  • Marti Halverson 
  • Brian Schroeder, Sr.
  • Keith Goodenough

WyoFile reported Friday that Campbell County Republican Party chair Tom Lubnau is challenging the state party’s selection process as unconstitutional. Lubnau is contesting the process that he has been told will involve giving each county three votes as opposed to a process that reflects population.

Contact information for the candidates is available on the state GOP website.