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August 18, 2008 1:22 pm

Big decisions made in primary

Written by Tribune Staff

Today (Tuesday) is Wyoming's primary. It's important not to discount this election.
Voters, both Republicans and Democrats, have some tough choices to make.
Republicans will choose between Mark Gordon, Michael Holland, Cynthia Lummis and Bill Winney to challenge Democrat Gary Trauner for Barbara Cubin's seat in the U.S. House.
Democrats, too, have some decisions to make. Wyoming's two U.S. Senate seats currently are occupied by Senators Mike Enzi and John Barasso — both Republicans. Democrats Al Hamburg and Chris Rothfuss are squaring off to run for Enzi's spot, while Nick Carter and Keith Goodenough each hope to challenge Barasso in the general election.
On the county level, Republicans also will select the two candidates, of six, who will move on to the general election in the race for Park County Commission.
Of Judy Allshouse, Dave Burke, Terry Hinkle, Hank Whitelock, Margaret Wilde and incumbent Bucky Hall, who will best serve the people of Park County?
Voters better be ready to make that decision in the primary, since the two who survive — barring a strong write-in candidacy — will go on to fill the two open seats. No Democrat is running.
Though voters can only cast ballots based on their party affiliation, voting in the primary is an important step in the democratic process.
It allows each party the chance to decide who will best represent them in the general. In the case of the County Commission, for all practical purposes, it is the election.
Anyone who says the primary election doesn't matter should reconsider.