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Sheridan picks 2 GOP commissioners
First-time voter Heather Heiling of Sheridan registers to vote at precinct 5-1 at the Sheridan tourist information center while her son, Tristan, eyes the candy corn.

SHERIDAN - Sheridan County voters chose Republicans Mike Nickel and Tom Ringley to fill two new four-year positions on the Sheridan County Commission and incumbent Mayor Dave Kinskey to serve four more years.

Nickel and Ringley were the top two vote getters in the three-person race that also included Democrat Vicki Taylor; Nickel received 8,937 votes, Ringley 8,591 votes and Taylor 5,062 votes. Nickel and Ringley will join Republican commissioners Bob Rolston, Steve Maier and Terry Cram, who was re-elected to a two-year term during yesterday's election.

"I'm ready to roll up my sleeves and get going," Nickel said after unofficial results were posted on the Sheridan County Web site. "I'm looking forward to getting up to speed."

Ringley said he had been quietly optimistic.

"I'm very pleased and grateful for all the support," he said. "I'm looking forward to serving on the board with Mike Nickel and the three other commissioners."

Nickel and his wife own and operate Ultimate Electric in Sheridan. He is a member of the Northern Wyoming Community College Board of Trustees. Ringley is the executive director of the Sheridan Memorial Hospital Foundation and is a board member of the Sheridan WYO Rodeo.

Kinskey narrowly 4,258 defeated retired police officer Glen Wright 4,258 to 4,077.

For the three City Council seats up for election, Ryan Mulholland defeated incumbent Kathy Kennedy for the Ward I seat, incumbent John Bigelow defeated George Carter for the Ward II seat, and Steve Brantz beat incumbent Mona Hansen for Ward III.

Election judges at several of the county's 29 precincts reported steady voter traffic during the day. Even precinct 5-1, which keeps only 175 ballots on hand, had a five-minute wait several times during the day.

"Everybody's happy and wanting to do this," said election judge Jan Sterbenz. "They seem happy to wait in line."

At the Sheridan County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall, which was the polling site for four precincts, voters were lined up as soon as the polls opened at 7 a.m.

Bill Rader, one of four election judges registering new voters and those with address changes at the exhibit hall, said that there were as many as 20 people in line at a time.

"They only had to wait about 10 minutes, though," he said. "We're pretty efficient. But I've never gone through so many pads of paper before," he added, referring to the pads of registration forms.

Head election judge at the exhibit hall Jimmy Dunlap said he was surprised at the number of young voters.

"They're taking a lot of time to finish the ballot," noted Fachon Wilson, another election judge, "They are really going through it."

Election Supervisor Brenda Miech said that the election ran really smoothly despite the number of voters.

"Some of the (election) runners said that it was busier than they've ever seen," Miech said. "But everything worked out great."