The Wyoming Republican Party named Cody resident Brian Schroeder Sr. AS one of the top three finalists to be the next state Superintendent of Public Instruction on Saturday.
Schroeder is the school principal at Veritas Academy, a position he has held since June 2020. He holds a master’s degree in professional counseling and a bachelor’s degree in pastoral studies, theology, and discourse.
The other two finalists are Thomas Kelly from Sheridan and Marti Halverson from Etna.
Martin Kimmet, chairman of the Park County Republican Party, was one of two other committee members to vote at the meeting in Douglas. He said Kelly and Halverson received votes from 75% of the members present, while Schroeder had about 72%.
Gov. Mark Gordon will conduct interviews with candidates on Tuesday and make a decision by the end of the weekend, Kimmet said.
David Northrup, a former senator from Cody State, ran but was not selected.
Kimmet said it was Schroeder’s patriotism and dependability that set him apart from other candidates.
“For me, trust is the most important thing,” Kimmet said.
The 12 candidates were each allowed to make an opening statement, before being sequestered, then called back one by one to answer the same three questions.
Each county party had three eligible voters, each allowed to vote for a maximum of three candidates. No other candidate received more than 50% of the vote, Kimmet said.
The final nominee chosen will replace former Superintendent Jillian Balow, who is now Virginia’s Superintendent of Public Instruction.