Casper—Debbie Bovee, a longtime Casper teacher, is officially on the ballot as a candidate for Wyoming’s 36th House District following a successful write-in campaign in this month’s Democratic Primary.

Bovee, a Democrat, said she is thrilled by the opportunity being on the ballot in the general election brings.

“I am honored that so many of my fellow House District 36 residents wrote me in and allowed this campaign to continue,” Bovee said. “I think it shows that we as a district are ready for more options and for change in the legislature.”

Bovee said she was motivated to pursue a write-in campaign because she felt the voters of her district deserved an alternative to the incumbent, Rep. Gerald Gay, in November.

“During the last session, when so many important votes were cast that affect people’s lives, Gerald Gay failed to show up,” Bovee said. “The people of House District 36 deserve a representative who will listen to their concerns and take them to Cheyenne.”

Bovee celebrated making the ballot with a campaign launch party on Sunday. Bovee said the event allowed her to focus her campaign and meet with other residents of House District 36.

“It was great to hear from so many people that have a vested interest in this campaign’s success,” Bovee said. “Together, we’re going to canvass every door in this district so that everyone’s voice is heard on Election Day and in the legislature.”

Bovee, a mother of two and a grandmother, has lived in Wyoming her entire life. She worked as a teacher in Guernsey, Torrington and Casper, and believes her experiences as an educator has prepared her for work as a lawmaker. In 2015, she received the Gold Key Award, Wyoming’s most prestigious honor recognizing extraordinary service for advancing education. She retired this year.