meet the albany county democratic candidates!

general election - november 3, 2020

dr merav ben-david, us senate

Merav Ben-David is a climate scientist, a UW professor, hunter, veteran, and a Wyomingite through and through.

She is running for the US Senate because our current politicians don’t listen to data, facts, and science. The biggest threat to Wyoming’s working families right now is climate change: as the world transitions to renewable energy, more than 50 percent of Wyoming’s economy would crumble, leaving many Wyominites without access to jobs, healthcare, and education.

Rather than thinking of short-term solutions, Merav prioritizes forward-thinking proposals that are based on data projections of 5, 20, 50 years into the future. Merav’s holistic platform centers on three R’s:

Rescue: provide pandemic relief to Wyoming residents and small businesses to help Wyomingites keep their homes and feed their families.
Reimagine: broaden our vision for Wyoming beyond fossil fuels, and attract industries that bring stable, high paying jobs.
Rebuild: use FDR’s New Deal as a blueprint to get Wyoming and the country back to work and future-proof our economy while protecting the environment.

Scientists, at their core, are problem solvers. The problems we face today call for a bold vision, one informed by facts, one with a long term view, and one that a scientist like Merav is uniquely poised to lead.

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lynnette grey bull, us house

We need to bring respect, dignity and understanding back into our political discourse. We can disagree without being disagreeable. We cannot go on with this divisive politics of destruction, of personal attacks and insults. I would like to work towards a societal and political realm, where we are working to close the cultural divide, and promote bipartite.

I am running for the Democratic Party nomination for US Congress, but I have demonstrated throughout my political career a willingness and ability to not only reach across the political aisle, but to work constructively with Republican colleagues. For example, recently I served as Chair of the Arizona Commission of Indian Affairs at the Governor's office and participated on the Arizona Governor"s Human Trafficking Task Force, both of these were with Governor Doug Ducey of Arizona, who is a Republican.

Likewise, I worked with Governor Gordon of Wyoming on his Executive Order to address the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW) crisis, and I serve on the Governor's Task Force that was established on the basis of that order. I've worked at the state-level, federal-level, in tribal government, and have also provided research and data to the United Nations.  Lastly, I have spent most of my career advocating for the under-served and the underrepresented -- this effort will continue.  

I aspire to focus on policies that actually benefit the working-class, because I come from the working-class.  Wyoming needs a strong voice; I promise to be that and honor my fellow Wyomingites.

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jackie grimes, sd 10

It's important that our elected representatives understand the needs of our community. This requires meeting with constituents, listening, helping form consensus and then representing these positions in the legislature and working to get them enacted. I am running to represent the voices of every day Wyomingites.

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representative cathy connolly, hd 13

Representative Cathy Connolly has served in the Wyoming legislature since 2009, where she has pursued policies that enhance educational opportunities from pre-kindergarten through college, expand access to health care, and diversify economic opportunities for our residents. She has been a passionate voice for equality and justice for marginalized and disadvantaged communities throughout Wyoming.

In 2017, her fellow Democrats elected her to serve as their leader. In this role, she regularly meets with other members of leadership as well as Governor Mark Gordon to help craft bipartisan solutions to our most pressing problems. From this position, she allocates state resources to promote the interests and needs of our communities and families, our neighbors and friends. She currently is working to find solutions to our decreasing revenues and to address the public health and economic challenges of COVID-19.

Cathy has lived in the same home in House District 13 since 1992 when she accepted a faculty position at the University of Wyoming. She earned a law degree with honors in 1991 and a PhD in Sociology in 1992 from the State University of New York at Buffalo. At UW, she is a full professor in the School of Culture, Gender and Social Justice. In 2009, she completed a leadership-training program in state and local government at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Her son, Lucas, attended the UW Lab School, Laramie High School and graduated from Whiting Alternative High School. Lucas studied art and is now a comedian in NYC. Cathy enjoys hiking, snow shoeing, and cross-country skiing on the trails of Happy Jack, the Green Belt, and Washington Park, accompanied by her dog, (Mr. Thurgood) Marshall.

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trey sherwood, hd 14

I am a Leadership Wyoming graduate with 15 years of proven experience serving the Laramie community, supporting small businesses, and growing the economy. I am passionate and hard working. I believe listening, collaboration and empathy are key leadership skills. When elected, I will be an informed visionary working to build a resilient Wyoming.

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karlee provenza, hd 45

Karlee is an expert in criminal justice and the American legal system. She will complete her Ph.D. at the University of Wyoming this summer, where her research focus has been on police use of force and jury decision-making. Karlee has applied her research to advocating for our community as the Executive Director of Albany County for Proper Policing - a grassroots organization that has successfully proposed and implemented policy solutions that ensure transparency, accountability, and community oversight of law enforcement and local officials. Karlee continues to bring these unique skills in her coalition building and will bring needed perspectives to the state legislature, as she is also the product of a working-class family that understands intimately the struggles that many families in Wyoming are facing – lack of healthcare access, economic instability, and the need for real change for real people, not corporations.

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tim chestnut, hd 46

sue ibarra, albany county board of commissioners

Sue Ibarra is running for Albany County Commissioner because, like many of you voters, she is concerned with poor decisions made by the majority of our current commissioners - specifically, their unwillingness to protect our drinking water, their disinterest in public opinion, and their disregard for science and professionals. She would like to see more transparency and accountability in county law enforcement.

Sue is a Wyoming native and proud UW graduate. She has a demonstrated record of service in Albany County, including Chair of Albany County School District Board of Education, President of the Laramie Swim Club Board and Children's Museum Board, and as a board member of the Albany County SAFE Project, the Laramie Reproductive Health Clinic, and the Downtown Clinic. As an active community member, Sue has served many years as a Spanish interpreter between clients and medical staff for the Downtown Clinic, Laramie Reproductive Health Clinic, Albany Community Health Clinic, Public Health, and IMH. She has volunteered for Meals on Wheels fo over 15 years, helping homebound seniors.

In these difficult times, Sue thinks that respect and civility matter more than ever. As a county commissioner, she will work with other officials to maintain county services as we face revenue cuts. She will always advocate for sound stewardship of our drinking water and will welcome and respect public input.

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jennifer hanft, clerk of district court

city councilors

brian harrington, ward 1

sharon cumbie, ward 2

jayne pearce, ward 2

pat gabriel, ward 3

school districts

Emily Seigel Stanton, ACSD #1 Area A

Rachel Suarez LeBeau, ACSD #1 Area A

Christopher M. Dixon, ACSD #1 Area A

Jennifer Hess, ACSD #1 Area A

Kirsten Holles, ACSD #1 Area A

Kim Sorenson, ACSD #1 At-large

Pamela Mason, ACSD #1 At-large

Steve Gosar, ACSD #1 At-large


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