Casper native Megan Degenfelder wins election to serve as Wyoming’s next superintendent

From left: Brian Schroeder, Jennifer Zerba and Megan Degenfelder, candidates for Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction. (Greg Hirst, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — Republican Megan Degenfelder has won the 2022 General Election race for Wyoming superintendent of public instruction.

Degenfelder, a Casper native and graduate of Natrona County High School and the University of Wyoming, secured 142,511 votes to defeat Democratic challenger Sergio Maldonado Sr. with 43,251 votes in all 23 counties reporting just after midnight, according to preliminary unofficial results from the Wyoming Secretary of State’s Office.

After announcing her bid to become superintendent in April, Degenfelder secured 40.8% of the vote in the Republican Primary, narrowly besting current Superintendent Brian Schroeder by less than 5,000 votes. Other candidates in the crowded Republican primary included Jennifer Zerba, Thomas Kelly and Robert J. White III.

Degenfelder will take over for Schroeder as Wyoming’s next superintendent after being sworn in in January 2023. Schroeder was appointed as superintendent after former Superintendent Jillian Balow resigned in January to become superintendent for the State of Virginia.

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