Sailors Tops GOP Legislative Ticket; Norris is High Democrat

from the Wyoming State Tribune, August 18, 1954.

A former Wyoming university all-American basketball player, Making his first venture into politics, led the list of Republicans nominated for teh state legislature from Laramie county on the basis of unofficial returns from 57 of the counties 60 precints.

Kenny Sailors, who served as city recreation director here after starring in collegiate and professional basketball, chalked up a total of 3,632 votes in 57 precints in Tuesday's balloting. In second polace was J.B. Brown of Pine Bluffs who is seeking a second term in the house of representatives.

Others nominated, and their totals, included: William G. Walton - 3,525;
Mrs. Fred D. Boice Jr - 3.351; Tom Bearl - 3,410; and Howard L. Burke - 3,026.

Finishing out of the race were John S. Foose Jr., with 2,093; and John O'Leary with 2,004.

W. A. Norris Jr., a former state senator from Laramie county, topped the Democratic legislative ticket in a contest which saw 14 persons seeking the six berths for the November general election. Norris had 3,612 votes to 2,995 for his nearest rival. R. J. (Jimmie) Keelan, on the basis of unofficial returns from 57 of the 60 precints.

Others apparently nominated were James C. Hunter, 2,915; Barney Cole, 2,746; Arthur L. Buck, 2,334; and Maurice E. Mann, 2,169.

Others in the race were Robert Holland, 1,904; John M. Rock, 1,537; S. C. Lopez, 1,339; Andrew M. Sanford, 1,336; Wilford G. (Bill) Golladay, 1,285; Harold Waichter, 1,152; Clarence DeBruyn, 946; and Sidney G. Kornegay, 560.

Mrs. Boice and Brown were the only incumbents. Laramie county having elected all six Republicans in 1952, four of whom did not run for re-election this year.

Laramie county's two Republican state senators, Byron Hirst and William G. Fleischli are hold-over members whose terms will not expire until 1956.