CHEYENNE – Republicans won big Tuesday night in the law enforcement races in Laramie County.
Republican Leigh Anne Manlove topped Democrat Lynn Boak to be the next Laramie County district attorney with 67.1 percent, or 21,083 votes, over Boak’s 32.7 percent, or 10,272 votes.
Manlove was celebrating Tuesday night at a watch party with supporters as the results came in.
“I’m very appreciative of all the support we had from all over the county, and I intend to live up to the trust that people placed in me,” she said in an interview.
“I am really excited to get to work.”
Manlove, a former assistant district attorney and criminal defense attorney, will replace current District Attorney Jeremiah Sandburg, who decided not to seek re-election after his first and only term.
Manlove has campaigned on promises to improve charging practices and preparedness in the DA’s office.
She has touted her ability to form relationships with law enforcement officers and experience on both sides of criminal law as strengths.
The Laramie County resident will be the first woman to hold the office of district attorney locally.
“It’s exciting to think that Cheyenne will have a little piece of history in this election,” she said.
And she’ll continue a family tradition: Both her father and uncle worked as prosecutors in Laramie County.
“There’s some history there, and I want to make them proud,” she said.
Incumbent Laramie County Sheriff Danny Glick was easily able to hold onto his seat with 64 percent of the vote, or 20,293 votes.
The Republican first took office in 2003, and has won every election since.
He said Tuesday that he was honored to be selected again by voters for a fifth term.
“After this amount of time, the support that I’ve gotten and the sheriff’s office has gotten over five terms now, it’s an honor,” he said. “I want to thank everybody for their support.”
He beat Jess Fresquez, a Democrat and former Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper, who earned 11,285 votes, or 35.6 percent.