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Mark Gordon

Wyoming Treasurer Mark Gordon prepares to enter the joint session of the Wyoming Legislature on Feb. 12 at the Jonah Business Center in Cheyenne. Gordon said Monday that he plans to run for governor in the upcoming election. 

CHEYENNE — State Treasurer Mark Gordon said he intends to run for Wyoming governor this year, confirming widespread speculation that he had decided to seek the state’s top office after months of deliberation.

“I fully intend to,” Gordon said in a brief interview Monday. Gordon said he was waiting to make a formal announcement until after the Legislature and some other budgeting projects at the treasurer’s office that he hoped to keep from being politicized.

Gordon has presided over notable investment returns as state treasurer.

Gordon will become the first statewide elected official to the enter the Republican primary field, which so far has been relatively devoid of big names. Wyoming Secretary of State Ed Murray was expected to run until his sudden resignation earlier this month following two allegations of sexual misconduct, one of which he denied and the other which he said he did not recall.

Cheyenne attorney Harriet Hageman entered the race last month and shares the field with Sheridan businessman Bill Dahlin and perennial candidates Taylor Haynes and Rex Rammell.

A rancher and businessman from Buffalo, Gordon would be the most moderate candidate in the field as it stands now.

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“He’s a good man,” said Rep. Eric Barlow, R-Gillette, who said he planned to endorse Gordon. “That translates to what he does with the job he has now and the job that he could have as governor of the state.”

Gov. Matt Mead, who is termed out, appointed Gordon treasurer in 2012, and he was reelected with little opposition two years later.

Wyoming Department of Health Director Tom Forslund, a longtime Casper city manager before his appointment to the agency, said last week that he was considering running for governor as well. House Speaker Steve Harshman, R-Casper, has also said he is mulling a bid.

Former state legislator Mary Throne of Cheyenne is the only Democratic candidate and appears to have consolidated support within her party.

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Arno Rosenfeld covers state politics.

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