- Associated Press - Friday, May 27, 2016

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Liz Cheney, the oldest daughter for former Vice President Dick Cheney, faces a crowded field as she runs for the Wyoming’s lone U.S. House seat - a post once held by her father.

Wyoming Republican Rep. Cynthia Lummis announced last year that she wouldn’t seek re-election and is now wrapping up her fourth term. The rare shot at an open congressional seat has attracted not only Liz Cheney, but a dozen other contenders as well.

According to federal elections records, Cheney, 49, had raised over $759,000 in the first three months of this year, many times what her nearest competitors have raised. Friday was the deadline to file for the race.

Here are the candidates:

- Cheney is bouncing back from her failed U.S. Senate campaign in Wyoming two years ago. She had challenged senior Republican Sen. Mike Enzi, but dropped out of the race, citing family health issues, after failing to gain traction with prominent Republicans in the state.

Cheney and her husband have five children and, since 2012, have lived in Jackson Hole, a wealthy resort area near Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.

Cheney, a lawyer who has worked as a political commentator, appears ready in the current House race to campaign primarily against the energy- and environmental policies of President Barack Obama.

Wyoming, the nation’s leading coal-producing state, has seen thousands of coal industry lay-offs so far this year. The Obama Administration recently announced a moratorium on new coal leases on federal land and the coal industry faults administration policies it says target coal-fired power plants.

“Our natural resources are national treasures, and Barack Obama’s unconstitutional federal overreach and war on fossil fuels are devastating Wyoming communities and destroying the livelihoods of our neighbors,” Cheney said this week.

The following other Republican candidates also have registered in the race:

- Heath Beaudry, 43, of Evanston. A community banker, Beaudry said he’s running to change the political culture of Washington, D.C.

- Leland Christensen, 57, of Alta. A former law enforcement officer, Christensen has served six years in the Wyoming State Senate and works as an auctioneer. He said the biggest issues facing Wyoming are jobs, bringing education back under state control and getting the state out from under federal regulations.

- Mike Konsmo of Powell. An assistant professor of English at Northwest College, Konsmo told the Powell Tribune that he’s running because he wants to see Wyoming citizens control the decisions that affect them.

- Paul Paad, 62, of Casper. Paad works as safety director at a trucking company. As someone who works with federal regulations every day, he said he’s personally familiar with federal overreach. He said Congress is stagnant and needs change.

- Rex Rammell, 55, of Gillette. A veterinarian and rancher, Rammell moved to Wyoming in 2012 from Idaho. Rammell said he’s running to support the movement to transfer federal lands to state control - a move that he said would liberate Wyoming from environmental regulations.

- Jason Senteney, 38, of Yoder. Senteney works as a correctional officer at the state prison in Torrington and also is a volunteer firefighter. Senteney, a former U.S. Marine, ran for the office in 2014 and said he’s running again because he senses the country is going in the wrong direction. He said the country needs to repeal the federal income tax and implement a national sales tax while also setting term limits for Congress.

- Darin Smith, 42, of Cheyenne. Trained as a lawyer, Smith said he works on humanitarian issues for the Christian Broadcasting Network, Smith said he’s running because he wants his children to inherit an America as good as the one he grew up in.

- Tim Stubson, 44, of Casper. A lawyer, Stubson was first elected to the Wyoming House in 2008. He said he’s running for Congress because he says it’s clear the state needs a representative who knows Wyoming issues. He said he intends to work to roll back environmental regulations that are hurting the state’s coal industry.

The following Democratic candidates have filed:

- Charlie Hardy, 77, of Cheyenne. A former Catholic priest, he has held positions around Wyoming and in South America. Hardy said he’s running because he’s concerned about the loss of jobs in the state and around the country. He said he’s also concerned about discrimination against immigrants, the poor and others.

- Ryan Greene, 33, of Rock Springs. The Casper Star-Tribune reported that he’s operations director at a family energy services company.


- Libertarian candidate Lawrence Struempf, 46 of Laramie. A computer science professor at Laramie County Community College, Struempf said that if elected to Congress, he said he plans to work for less government and more individual liberty.

- Constitution Party Candidate Daniel Clyde Cummings of Casper. Cummings, a Casper physician, ran unsuccessfully for the office in 2012. An attempt to reach him for comment about his campaign wasn’t immediately successful.


This story has been corrected to change the spelling of the name of Democratic candidate Ryan Greene.

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