Cowboy State Daily Declares Curt Meier Victor In Wyo State Treasurer Race

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By Leo Wolfson, Cowboy State Daily

State Treasurer Curt Meier has won the Republican nomination for a second term in office.

Meier ran a mostly unopposed campaign, with his lone Republican opponent Bill Gallop declining to show up to most political forums. 

Meier earned an endorsement from former President Donald Trump in early August.

Prior to being elected treasurer, Meier was a state senator for Goshen, Niobrara and Weston counties for 23 years.

The treasurer of Wyoming oversees managing the state’s investments. During Meier’s tenure, the state’s investments grew from $20 billion to more than $25 billion.

Gallop said the state should have had a much greater rate of growth during this time. From 2019-2022, the U.S. stock market grew by 103%. 

“Meier couldn’t even catch fish when fish were jumping into the boat,” Gallop wrote on his blog.

Investment funds inside the Wyoming Retirement System also grew from $5 billion to nearly $9 billion.

During the Wyoming Legislature’s 2022 budget session, Meier graded his office’s accounting performance as subpar, giving his department a C- grade.

In early 2022, Meier’s office was unable to account for roughly $106 million in state funds, which delayed the release of the State Auditor’s Office’s Annual Comprehensive Financial Report for six months.

Gallop is a former Wyoming Retirement System employee who lives in Cheyenne. 

In 2018, Meier secured a win in the Republican primary with 50.2% of the vote, beating his leading challenger Leland Christensen by about 5% of the vote. He then beat Democrat Chris Lowry by 45% of the vote in the general election.

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