A former Laramie County School District#1 school board member has announced she is running for the Wyoming Senate in District 8.

Marguerite Herman is running as a Democrat. The district is represented by Republican Affie Ellis, who is not running for reflection. Rep. Jared Olsen has announced that he is giving up his State House seat to run as a Republican in the District 8 Senate race. No candidates other than Herman and Olsen have filed to run for the seat.

Herman has lived in Cheyenne since coming to the city in 1980 to work as a reporter for the Associated Press. She has long been active in local affairs, including the League of Women Voters, for whom she has served as a lobbyist. She has also been involved with groups including the Wyoming State Board of Nursing, the Wyoming Children’s Trust Fund, Cheyenne Schools Foundation, COMEA (homeless shelter), Wyoming Breastfeeding Coalition, Wyoming Girls State, Wyoming High School Mock Trial, St. Mary’s Cathedral music and the Hispanic Organization for Progress and Education (HOPE).

She holds master's degrees in journalism and education, and in 2006 wrote a 400-page guide to government called A Look At Wyoming Government.

Herman Promises To Listen If She Is Elected

Her release says that if elected, ''she promises to listen to and advocate for all of her district’s residents. Her knowledge and experience make her a strong voice for healthy families and public schools in Senate District 8 and the state.'' 

You can learn more about her campaign at her campaign Facebook page.

Wyoming's Primary election is slated for August 20, and the General Election will be held on November 5.

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