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Senator Lummis Endorses Degenfelder for Superintendent of Public Schools | Education

U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming on Sunday endorsed Megan Degenfelder’s Republican candidacy for superintendent of public instruction.

“It seems all too fitting that the person in charge of the Wyoming school system is a product of it,” Lummis said in a statement.

“Megan has a deep understanding of our state, our schools, our businesses and our families.”

Degenfelder is a sixth-generation Wyomingite who grew up in Casper. She graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2012 with degrees in business economics and political science and received her master’s degree in economics from the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China.

Since then, she has worked in the private energy sector and also served as Policy Director for the Wyoming Department of Education under former State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow. She is now Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs at Morningstar Partners Oil & Gas.

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While a student at UW, Degenfelder served as Wyoming’s central coordinator and deputy state field director for the Lummis campaign.

Degenfelder said in the statement that she was “honoured” to have the support of Lummis, whom she considers a “lifetime mentor.”

“What matters most to me is the support of Wyoming leaders who have made this state what it is today,” she said.

Degenfelder wants to focus on prioritizing parental involvement in public schools and “putting the government aside so teachers do what they do best.” She also wants to increase direct classroom spending.

In addition to Lummis, Degenfelder has also been endorsed by former state superintendent Judy Catchpole and other current and former conservative leaders in Wyoming, according to a statement from Degenfelder’s campaign. It is also supported by the Petroleum Association of Wyoming, Wyoming Stock Growers Association, Wyoming Contractors Association, Wyoming Realtors Association, and Wyoming Mining Association.

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More than 350 individual donors contributed to Degenfelder’s campaign, according to the statement. More than 90% of these donations come from Wyoming’s 23 counties.

“I am incredibly touched by the local support for my campaign,” Degenfelder said in the statement. parents as number 1 decision makers in their children’s education, partnering with industry and sidelining government so teachers can do what they do best.

Degenfelder faces three Republican candidates for state superintendent in the primaries.

Incumbent Brian Schroeder was named to the position in January after former state superintendent Jillian Balow left to take a similar position in Virginia. He previously ran Veritas Academy, a private Christian school in Cody, and has experience as a family and youth coordinator and as a teacher and administrator at private schools in California, Wisconsin and Michigan.

He advocates for more parental control in public schools. He pushed back on federal action to increase protections against discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation in public schools and called on Wyoming to enact legislation similar to Florida’s Parental Rights Act in education, which, among other things, prohibits discussing sexual orientation. or gender identity at certain grade levels.

Former President Donald Trump announced Friday his endorsement of Schroeder’s candidacy for the post. Schroeder was also endorsed by Gun Owners of America and Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen.

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Contestant Jennifer Zerba is a Casper-based substitute teacher and cosmetologist who wants to find ways to better utilize the educational opportunities and resources Wyoming already has to offer. Robert White is an underground miner from trona and wants to focus on school safety.

Wyoming’s primary election takes place on August 16. After that, the winning Republican nominee will face the only Democratic nominee for state superintendent of public instruction, Sergio Maldonado, who has been endorsed by the Wyoming Education Association.