Sarah Penn is the next Wyoming House of Representatives delegate for the Wind River Indian Reservation.
Penn defeated two-term incumbent Democrat Rep. Andi LeBeau of Ethete by about 200 votes, or 10%.
When Cowboy State Daily informed Penn of her win Tuesday night, the candidate was delighted.
“We’ve worked hard and we’ve just been hoping for the best and hopefully that means we can do great things for the district and the state,” said Penn. “I’m pretty excited.”
She said she was grateful for the support she received.
“Everyone’s been really great,” she said. “It’s been quite an opportunity to meet a lot of people and step into a world that I really haven’t been much a part of before, but it’s been awesome.”
Penn is a nurse practitioner and a mother. Her husband works in a school on the reservation.
She said she felt she connected well with voters because she’s “not a politician.”
“I feel like I’m just a citizen, I’m just a person who cares – I feel like I see things from the perspective of the people, and I’m doing this because I’ve seen a need, and I guess I understand what people are feeling and hoping for and wanting,” said Penn.
Penn was endorsed by the Gun Owners of America. She said during her campaign that she is pro-life and believes in parental autonomy.
On Monday before the general election date, Penn said she had been in prayer and was content with however the race ended.