Word has come that Governor Mead has notified the Wyoming Republican Party State Central Committee of a vacant position. The vacant position is a result of the resignation of Representative Jon Botten. It was effective September 10th. Republican committee personnel are required to hold a meeting within 15 days, or in other words, by October 2nd. At the meeting, the precinct committee will select three persons qualified to fill the vacancy. Those vacancies will be forwarded to the Sheridan County Commissioners, who will then pick one of the three to fill the seat in House District 30.
It is not clear whether the precinct has enough time to select an individual. If the Commissioners can not act, the law provides for a qualified elector in Sheridan County to file a petition with the Clerk of District Court, to ask the Judge of the court to fill the vacancy by electing a qualified person.
According to a release, if the Court determines that the Precinct Committeemen and Precinct Committeewomen are unable to act or the Court cannot otherwise provide the construction under these circumstances, Jesus Rios, as chairman of the Sheridan County Republican Party and a qualified elector in Sheridan County, requests that the Court proceed to appoint Kathy Coleman, the Republican nominee for the November general election for Representative for House District 30, who is unopposed in the general election in November.
The Petition filed with the District Court is non-adversarial in nature and the Wyoming Republican Party and the Sheridan County Republican Party and the affected Precinct Committeeman and Precinct Committeewoman are seeking only to make sure that they properly carry out their statutorily mandated responsibilities in filling the vacancy. Some of the information in this report is courtesy a press release from Jesus Rios, Chairman of the Sheridan County Republican Party.