Casper, Wy – Three have been chosen.
The state Republican Central Committee has selected Tom
Sansonetti, John Barrasso and Cynthia Lummis as the finalists to
fill Wyoming's vacant seat in the U-S Senate. In the final vote, two people were eliminated from consideration
-- former Wyoming U-S Attorney Matt Mead and former state
Department of Agriculture Director Ron Micheli.
Sansonetti is a former Interior Department attorney. Barrasso is
a surgeon and State Senator from Casper and Lummis is a former state treasurer and legislator. The seat has been open since the death of Senator Craig Thomas
on June 4.
Governor Dave Freudenthal plans to meet with each of the candidates before making a final selection. Freudenthal now has five days to pick the person who will
temporarily fill the Senate seat.
The new senator will serve through 2008. A special election in November 2008 will determine who completes Thomas' term, which runs