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Leah Juarez defeats Seth Coleman in race for mayor of Mills; challengers gain council seats

Leah Juarez is running for Mills City Mayor. (Courtesy Leah Juarez)

CASPER, Wyo. — The City of Mills will be getting a new mayor starting in January after Leah Juarez defeated incumbent Seth Coleman in the General Election.

Juarez, owner of the Fox Spa, defeated Coleman with 60.43% of the vote, according to the Natrona County Clerk’s Office. Results are unofficial until certified by local and state officials. A total of 844 votes were cast.

Mills City Council challengers Timothy Sutherland and Cherie Butcher also outpolled current councilmember Darla Ives for two open seats.

The City of Mills is different from the City of Casper in that the mayor serves as the city administrator. In Casper, the city manager is an unelected position appointed by elected members of the Casper City Council. Casper’s mayor is selected by City Council members from among City Council members.

In Mills, the elections for mayor and for City Council are separate. In the race for two seats on the Mills City Council, unofficial results in the General Election were as follows:

Mills City Council (four-year terms, two available):

  • Timothy Sutherland (28.51%)
  • Cherie Butcher (26.56%)
  • Darla R. Ives* (22.36%)
  • Franklin A. Bever (21.76%)