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electionlineWeekly — August 21, 2014

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I. In Focus This Week

First Person Singular: Secretary of State Max Maxfield
Wyoming’s 20th secretary of state chooses not to seek third term

Although he was born and raised in Wisconsin, Wyoming Secretary of State Max Maxfield has dedicated much of his adult life to serving the residents of The Cowboy State.

maxmaxfieldBefore being elected secretary in 2006 (and subsequently re-elected in 2010), Maxfield spent 23 years serving the public as executive director of the YMCA, head of the Wyoming Make-A-Wish-Foundation and leading the Wyoming Recreation Commission and the Wyoming Department of Commerce.

His first elected position was as state auditor where he served for two terms before running for secretary of state.

"Serving as Wyoming Secretary of State has been a long time dream. I am honored and humbled that my dream has come true,” Maxfield said.

Maxfield has been active with the National Association of Secretaries of State serving on the elections committee and the voter participation committee as well as other business-related committees.

Outside the office he has numerous interests and serves on a Hospice Board, is the president of the Cheyenne Animal Shelter Board of Directors and is a certified lay leader at the First United Methodist Church, Cheyenne.

Although he was eligible to serve a third term, due to personal reasons he chose not to seek re-election.

You’ve been the Wyoming secretary of state for seven years and aren’t term-limited, why did you choose not to seek re-election? 

I dearly wanted to serve another term, in the position “of my dreams,” but family health issues make that impossible.

What would you say has been the biggest change you have seen in elections during your tenure?

The over-reaching or the attempted over-reaching of the Federal Government in local elections. Desire to reduce “State’s Control.”

What was the most difficult time/issue you have faced (elections wise of course) as secretary?

None, really, the expertise of my staff and our great relationship with our 23 County Clerks has resulted in a seamless election process.

What do feel was your greatest accomplishment and why?

The Election segments of our Wyoming’s Campaign Finance Information System (WYCFIS) website, which provides information that makes us very transparent, and all citizens can access detailed information about Candidate’s and PAC’s campaign finance disclosure.

Is there anything you still hope to accomplish as secretary before leaving office?

To provide a final election that the State of Wyoming can be proud of.

What will you miss most about being secretary of state?

The ability to work with our wonderful staff and my interaction and partnership with local Communities. Helping local entities fulfill their needs through State grants.

As an expert in the field of elections, where do you see the administration of elections headed?

I hope that the State’s Election folks have close communication and stand strong against Federal Government intrusion.

What’s next for you, besides being able to sleep in on election days?

Time with my wife, travel and volunteer work. Particularly focusing on being an advocate for Dementia research, and services.

Any parting words of advice for your successor?

Allow the Staff to continue to do the great work that has made me look good. Get out around the State to know what’s REALLY going on.