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Gov. Matt Mead applauds during his State of the State address on the opening day of the 2018 Legislative session.

CHEYENNE — The Wyoming Republican Party has sent Gov. Matt Mead three nominees to fill the vacant secretary of state position.

The nominees are Ed Buchanan of Torrington, Darin Smith of Cheyenne and Richard George of Cody.

The three were selected over the weekend from eight applicants for the job.

Mead will appoint the new secretary of state who will serve out Ed Murray’s remaining term.

The job opened when Murray abruptly resigned on Feb. 9 after two women accused him of sexual misconduct that they said occurred more than 30 years ago. One allegation he denied, the other he said he could not recall.

Other candidates who applied for the spot include former Secretary of State Max Maxfield, Wyoming Auditor Cynthia Cloud, former state Rep. Pete Illoway and Hot Springs County Clerk Nina Webber.

Buchanan, a Laramie County prosecutor and former Wyoming Speaker of the House, talked about voter fraud issues during his questions and answer session Saturday, according to the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle.

“This is something we’ve seen a lot in the news lately, and I can tell you that it’s happened in a lot of states,” Buchanan said.

George, a Cody farmer and Republican National Committeeman for Wyoming, said he felt God was pushing him toward the vacant seat in the Secretary of State’s office, the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle wrote.

“We need to have people in the Secretary of State’s office who care about elections and we’ve got to have conservatives filling these seats,” he said.

A Cheyenne attorney and former Christian Broadcasting Network executive, Smith said he would bring Wyoming into the future by trying to attract technology businesses.

“Because of weather and energy needs, Wyoming is an ideal place for data centers and crypto-currency miners,” he said. “There are literally thousands of companies that could and should have their data centers in Wyoming.”

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