By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
With only one day left in Wyoming’s candidate filing period for the August primary election, not one person had filed to run for Laramie County District Attorney, including the incumbent.
According to Laramie County election filings, no one had filed to run for Laramie County DA as of Thursday afternoon. The filing period ends at 5 p.m. on Friday.
Laramie County Clerk Debra Lee told Cowboy State Daily on Thursday that if no one files to run for the position by the end of the filing period, then voters will have the option of writing in a candidate during the primary.
“So we look at the names and see if any of them have sufficient votes to bring them forward to the general election,” she said.
The current DA, Leigh Anne Manlove, has faced many issues during her one term in office. Earlier this year, she was found to have failed to competently perform the duties of her office by the Wyoming State Bar’s Board of Professional Responsibility, the group that oversees the behavior of attorneys.
The charges against Manlove, elected to office in 2018, included allegations she exaggerated the impact of budget cuts on her office to dismiss hundreds of cases from Laramie County courts.
The Board of Professional Responsibility recommended to the Wyoming Supreme Court that Manlove be barred from the practice of law The Supreme Court will make the final decision on the recommendation.
Manlove cannot be removed from her elected post.