LAGRANGE – Marlo Ward of La Grange will serve as Goshen County chairwoman for former Wyoming Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis’ (R) campaign for United States Senate.
Lummis served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2009-2017, and if voted into the Senate this fall, she will serve as Wyoming’s first female U.S. Senator. For Ward, Lummis’ gender is not what makes her an able leader.
“I back her because of the history she has,” Ward said. “I know her integrity, I know she means what she says.”
Ward and Lummis were neighbors in Cheyenne where they both grew up. The two women share conservative ideologies and a background in agriculture, Ward said.
Ward and her husband have been ranchers in Lagrange together for 30 years. Her position with the Lummis campaign isn’t something she expected to do, Ward said, but she is very glad to do it.
“She’s got a long history,” Ward said. “It’s not hard to find what she believes and what she would be doing to work for Wyoming on a national basis.”
Ward has been putting out campaign signs and working to plan events, which is not an easy feat amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal is to plan gatherings where Goshen County voters can meet with Lummis face to face.
Previously running unopposed, Lummis now faces opposition from nine other candidates in the Republican party. According to Ward, a conservative county like Goshen will be important in what she describes as an important election year.
“We’re going to have to present her strengths more and help people determine that she will be the best person to have [representing Wyoming] during these troublesome times we have in this nation,” Ward said.
“It’s not about me being the campaign manager, it’s about Cynthia getting to Washington.”
Wyoming’s Republican primary will be held Aug. 18, followed by the state’s general election on Nov. 3.