Goshen County native Ed Buchanan elected Secretary of State

Edward Buchanan speaks at the Goshen County Republicans forum on July 24. Buchanan won his bid for Wyoming secretary of state on Nov. 6.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Lingle native Ed Buchanan secured his position as Wyoming secretary of state in the Nov. 6 general election.

Buchanan was appointed to the office by Gov. Matt Mead in March, taking over the remainder of Ed Murray’s term. While winning the election won’t change his view of the job, Buchanan said he appreciated winning the position.

“It’ll be nice to have an affirmation by Wyoming citizens,” he said. “That’s always nice to have.”

Buchanan, an attorney in Torrington, had previous experience running for public office. He also ran for secretary of state in 2014, ending up as a runner-up to Murray in the primary.

“I’ve had the privilege of serving the folks in Goshen County for 10 years in the legislature and to be at the next level is great to represent my home county,” he said. “It’s a little different now, because one of my campaign themes, one of my goals, is to be an ambassador for all the citizens of Wyoming, especially for those in all the 22 counties outside of Cheyenne.”

Buchanan hopes to continue his work on building the economy by cutting away regulations.

“We’ve loosened some of the regulations and gotten some exemptions from the Securities and Exchange Commission at the federal level to allow us, here in Wyoming, to partner up with private investors and small private companies,” he said. “We’re working to facilitate capital infusion into small businesses in an effort to stimulate the economy. That includes a program that specifically targets small investors, matching them up with small companies.”

He also plans to modernize the state’s election code.

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