CASPER, Wyo. — The race for Wyoming secretary of state is crowded, but that’s not intimidating Cheyenne businessman Ed Murray, the latest to announce his candidacy.
“Not everyone is qualified,” said Murray, 56, without naming any of the other candidates: Rep. Dan Zwonitzer, R-Cheyenne; Rock Springs attorney and Republican Clark Stith; Wyoming Constitution Party Chairwoman Jennifer Young; former House Speaker Ed Buchanan of Torrington, a Republican; and former House member Pete Illoway, a Republican of Cheyenne.
Murray believes he stands out because he hasn’t been in government.
Murray has 30 years of business experience. He is a developer and real estate investor. His umbrella company is called Murray Investment and Development. Beneath that are about 16 entities, he said.
Secretary of State Max Maxfield announced March 14 he was not seeking another term to spend more time with his wife.
Murray believes the Secretary of State’s Office was well-run under Maxfield. He believes his business background will be an asset on the boards the secretary of state sits on, which include the State Loan and Investment Board, the State Board of Land Commissioners, the State Building Commission and some investment committees with the Wyoming State Treasurer’s Office, he said.
Those boards make important decisions about the state, its property and its money, he said.
Among his development projects, Murray is most proud of a planned community called Harmony in south Cheyenne that encompasses seven neighborhoods and lots of open space, he said. There are schools in the area, new shopping, hotels and a Boys and Girls Club.
“That project transformed south Cheyenne,” he said.