Gov. Matt Mead on Thursday selected a former Wyoming secretary of state candidate and Laramie County prosecutor as the next secretary of state. Ed Buchanan will serve the remainder of Ed Murray’s term as the state’s election and business registration authority after Murray stepped down in early February over allegations of sexual misconduct. Mead said in a news release that Buchanan’s experience in the Legislature, military career and job as an attorney and prosecutor made him a good choice for the office. “Ed (Buchanan) is committed to Wyoming and to the responsibilities of the office,” Mead said in a news release.
Buchanan, who will be sworn in Monday, was picked over two other candidates selected by the Wyoming Republican Party, Cheyenne attorney Darin Smith and Park County farmer Richard George.
Buchanan ran for secretary of state in 2014, but was narrowly defeated by Murray in the Republican primary. Buchanan confirmed that he would be running for secretary of state in this year’s elections, but said that will come secondary to his new position.