(Gillette, Wyo.) Two state legislators who were unopposed in Tuesday’s Primary Election may have some competition in the General Election.
David Hardesty has already filed his petition with the state and been approved to have his name on the ballot in November as an Independent candidate for House District 31, the seat currently held by Rep. Scott Clem.
Chad Trebby has also decided to run as an Independent in House District 32 against Rep. Tim Hallinan. Right now, he’s racing the clock to get his petition in to the Secretary of State’s office in Cheyenne by the filing deadline, which is Monday, Aug. 27.
Wyoming Statute allows for Independent Candidates to petition to run in the general election if they can collect the requisite number of signatures from registered voters. In the case of the state legislature that number is 2 percent of the total number of votes cast for that office in the last general election.
For Trebby, that magic number is 76 certified signatures. The Secretary of State’s office must then verify each person on the petition is a registered voter in the district for which the candidate is running.
Trebby said he believes every elected position should be contested at every election to maintain an open dialogue between elected officials and their constituents.
“So, while I was expressing my frustration on the lack of involvement, I had the realization that I should be the change I want to see and put my money where my mouth is and step up and be that choice,” said Trebby.
He said by the time he realized his representative was running unopposed, it was too late to get his name on the ballot for the primary. The only option left was to petition to run as an Independent candidate in the General Election.
“Although I consider myself a moderate republican, I have also been a little disappointed in the leadership from the local republican party, not all the candidates just to be clear on that, just some of the leadership in the party,” Trebby explained about his political leanings.
Trebby said at the moment he’s focused on getting his name on the ballot. After his petition has been verified by the Secretary of State, he will work on forming a committee to help spread the word regarding his political views.