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Jeannette Ward wins race for House District 57 seat in Wyoming Legislature

Jeanette Ward at a Politics in the Park event in Casper this summer. (Gregory Hirst, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — Jeanette Ward (R) defeated Robert Johnson (D) in the General Election race for the House District 57 seat in the Wyoming Legislature, according to unofficial results from the Natrona County Clerk’s Office.

Ward secured 69.63% of the vote to Johnson’s 29.63%.

Ward, who previously served on a school board in Illinois before moving to Wyoming, defeated Thomas Myler in the Republican Primary race for the House District 57 seat.

The race for the House District 57 seat was the only contested General Election race for a seat in the Wyoming Legislature representing Natrona County. The other 10 House of Representatives and Senate seats representing Natrona County were effectively decided during the Republican Primary, with no Democrats or third-party candidates filing.

Those uncontested races included:

  • Senate District 29:
    • Bob Ide (R) ran uncontested.
    • During the Republican Primary, Ide defeated incumbent Sen. Drew Perkins, who was first elected in 2006.
  • House District 62:
    • Forrest Chadwick (R) ran uncontested.
    • Chadwick defeated Stan Mitchum during the Republican Primary.
    • The House District 62 seat is a new seat in the Wyoming Legislature, created in the redistricting process that was completed in spring 2022.
  • House District 58:
    • Bill Allemand (R) ran uncontested.
    • Allemand defeated incumbent Rep. Pat Sweeney during the Republican Primary. Sweeney first won election to the Wyoming Legislature in 2016.
  • House District 59: 
    • Rep. Kevin C. O’Hearn (R) ran uncontested.
    • In his bid for reelection to a second term in the legislature, O’Hearn defeated challenger John Gudger in the Republican Primary.
  • House District 37: 
    • Rep. Steve Harshman (R) ran uncontested.
    • Harshman, who was first elected to the legislature in 2002, defeated challenger Steve Bray in the Republican Primary.
  • House District 36: 
    • Rep. Art Washut (R) ran uncontested.
    • Washut, who was first elected to the legislature in 2018, defeated challenger Debra Cheatham during the Republican Primary.
  • House District 35: 
    • Tony Locke (R) ran uncontested.
    • Locke defeated incumbent Rep. Joe MacGuire during the Republican Primary. MacGuire was first appointed to the legislature in 2017 after the resignation of Rep. Kendell Kroeker.


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