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Bauman running for Ward 3 city council seat held by Baker

Jun 1, 2012 - By Christina George and Martin Reed, Staff Writers

Former Riverton municipal director of community development Larry Bauman on Friday morning announced his bid for the City Council's Ward 3 seat, creating a race against incumbent Lars Baker.

As of noon Friday, Bauman had not filed for the office formally.

He ran for Riverton mayor two years ago, emerging as a finalist from the five-candidate primary before losing to Ron Warpness in the general election.

In an interview Friday morning, Bauman said his concern about politics at City Hall including the recent debate over the proposed state Division of Criminal Investigation building motivated him to run for the council seat.

"What drove me was the DCI building ... where the city claims they don't have the resources to do infrastructure projects and take care of the city, and all of a sudden they can find money to take care of a state agency and find them a building," Bauman said.

His concerns include the City Council's spending practices during financially challenging times.

"I just think some current council members ... don't appreciate or understand the financial responsibilities that come with the position with the city," he said. "We're in a downturn in the economy. The state is cutting back on its expenditures big-time."

He added: "The city is forging ahead ... with no restraint."

Bauman, 62, served as the city's community development director from 2004 through 2008. He is a geologist and owns his own oil company, Bauman Petroleum Co.

Deadline approaching

With less than a day remaining until the filing period closes for various offices appearing on the Aug. 21 primary election ballot, a few more candidates have thrown their hats into the ring.

Those vying for seats opening this election on town/city councils, the Fremont County Commission, and federal and legislative positions had until 5 p.m. Friday, June 1, to submit their application.

The race for the Fremont County Commission District 2 seat grew to three after Pavillion man Richard Denke filed Thursday afternoon.

Incumbent Dennis Christensen of Riverton and Tim Salazar of Dubois also submitted their applications for the position. All three candidates are Republicans.

Roland "Roll" Luehne of Thermopolis filed Thursday for House District 28. He joins fellow Republicans Echo Renner of Meeteetse and Nathan Winters of Thermopolis, and Democratic candidates Carl Leyba and Connie Skates, both of Thermopolis.

That district now encompasses part of eastern Fremont County.

Also on Thursday, Republican candidate Emmett Mavy of Alpine filed for the U.S. Senate seat held by U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo.

Barrasso is seeking re-election. Others in the race are Thomas Bleming, a Republican from Lusk, and Al Hamburg, a Torrington Democrat.

Albany County Commissioner Tim Chesnut, another Democrat, announced Thursday that he would run for the Senate seat, but he had not filed as of noon Friday.

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