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Challenger Tony Locke defeats incumbent Rep. Joe MacGuire in Republican Primary race for Wyoming House District 35 seat

House District 35 candidate Tony Locke at a Politics in the Park event this summer. (Gregory Hirst, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — Challenger Tony Locke has defeated incumbent Rep. Joe MacGuire in the Republican Primary race for the House District 35 seat in the Wyoming Legislature, according to preliminary results from the Natrona County Clerk’s Office. Results are unofficial until certified by state and local officials.

Locke secured 58.43% of the vote while MacGuire garnered 42.36% of the vote. No Democratic Party candidates filed to run for the House District 35 seat. Independent candidates have until Monday, Aug. 29 to file for placement on the General Election ballot.

Locke served six years in the Air Force and has worked in areas like cybersecurity and computer network management, according to his campaign website. He questioned the conservative bona fides of Republican members of the Wyoming Legislature and said he would work to reduce taxes and spending.

In a message on his campaign website, Locke said he is one of the “true conservatives” and aims to “keep Wyoming red.”

MacGuire was first appointed to the Wyoming Legislature in 2017 after the resignation of Rep. Kendell Kroeker. A Casper native, MacGuire owns his own business and works as a business broker. In his responses to an Oil City News candidate questionnaire, MacGuire said the legislature needs to work to support economic diversification in Wyoming.

“We need to develop our work force offering more opportunities for people to return to college for additional education, training, and career development,” he wrote.

The General Election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Absentee voting for the General Election will begin on Sept. 23 and run through Nov. 7.

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