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Four years without term limits; expiration dates staggered for the nine nonpartisan Councilors—three each from three city wards. Vote for 2 out of the four candidates in Ward 1. They will join Jessica Stalder whose term expires in 2022.

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    Brett Glass
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    Brian Harrington
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    Kaleb Heien
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    Andi Summerville
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Biographical Information

Biographical Information

What can the Council do to encourage community behaviors that prevent transmission of Covid-19?

How would you manage the city budget? Would you consider support for an additional one percent local sales tax in the City of Laramie, recently allowed by state law or some other measure? Please explain.

What specific steps and time frame (immediate or long-term) would you suggest to accomplish the Council’s goal of promoting economic diversity in Laramie?

Campaign Phone (307) 745-0351
Phone 307-745-0351
Email Address citycouncil@brettglass.com
Twitter Address @Glass4Laramie
Serving on the City Council for the past two years has been incredibly rewarding, and the difficult decisions we’ve faced have humbly reminded me of the great responsibility we are entrusted with as councilmembers. I’m running for re-election to ensure that we continue building on the progress of my first term. I was proud to vote for a carbon neutral future for Laramie and to begin construction on 3 new paving projects in West Laramie and the West Side.
While we were effective in flattening the curve initially, infections have since increased substantially. The City should support mask use whenever possible. We should work with businesses to ensure they are doing everything in their control to not only protect their employees and patrons, but also our most vulnerable residents. The City should also continue to offer financial support to businesses so that they feel empowered to make health-conscious decisions. Finally, we need to continue to work around barriers that prevent businesses from implementing creative solutions.
I am proud of the efforts our city’s professional staff have put forth in operating the city in an efficient manner. Our conservative financial approach has kept us afloat through the pandemic and economic downturn. I will continue to be a steward of our residents’ tax dollars and support their efficient and thoughtful use. I do support an additional one percent local sales tax; however, this decision would ultimately be made by Laramie voters. I believe strongly in the will of the voters to determine their own financial futures at a local level.
During my last term, I was proud to lead on the creation of a new 10 year economic development plan, Thrive Laramie. This plan brought together stakeholders from our business community, educational institutions, and the state and county governments. While the plan couldn’t account for a pandemic, the tools it created are now more important than ever. Implementing this plan immediately is key. Prioritizing local vendors for city contracts and improving the city’s development code are productive concrete steps that encourage economic diversity and holistic economic growth.
Campaign Phone (307) 272-9903
Email Address info@harringtonforlaramie.com
Party Affiliation nonpartisan
Serving on the City Council for the past two years has been incredibly rewarding, and the difficult decisions we’ve faced have humbly reminded me of the great responsibility we are entrusted with as councilmembers. I’m running for re-election to ensure that we continue building on the progress of my first term. I was proud to vote for a carbon neutral future for Laramie and to begin construction on 3 new paving projects in West Laramie and the West Side.
While we were effective in flattening the curve initially, infections have since increased substantially. The City should support mask use whenever possible. We should work with businesses to ensure they are doing everything in their control to not only protect their employees and patrons, but also our most vulnerable residents. The City should also continue to offer financial support to businesses so that they feel empowered to make health-conscious decisions. Finally, we need to continue to work around barriers that prevent businesses from implementing creative solutions.
I am proud of the efforts our city’s professional staff have put forth in operating the city in an efficient manner. Our conservative financial approach has kept us afloat through the pandemic and economic downturn. I will continue to be a steward of our residents’ tax dollars and support their efficient and thoughtful use. I do support an additional one percent local sales tax; however, this decision would ultimately be made by Laramie voters. I believe strongly in the will of the voters to determine their own financial futures at a local level.
During my last term, I was proud to lead on the creation of a new 10 year economic development plan, Thrive Laramie. This plan brought together stakeholders from our business community, educational institutions, and the state and county governments. While the plan couldn’t account for a pandemic, the tools it created are now more important than ever. Implementing this plan immediately is key. Prioritizing local vendors for city contracts and improving the city’s development code are productive concrete steps that encourage economic diversity and holistic economic growth.
Campaign Phone (307) 460-1285
Phone 307-460-1285
Email Address Kalebforcitycouncil@gmail.com
Party Affiliation Nonpartisan
Growing up in Laramie I was honored & privileged to work alongside many businessmen including my father. This allowed me to see firsthand how the city can truly support local businesses. With my experience running a couple businesses of my own & being in the trades I see myself qualified to be a strong supporter of Laramie citizens & small businesses. I will push for transparency, responsibility & common-sense government. Government serves us, NOT the other way around.
I believe common sense & personal responsibility of the individual will make the difference with public safety. Encouraging healthy decisions such as washing hands, being mindful of the elderly or those at risk & staying home while sick are all practical & effective measures. However, our State health officer decides what actions are best & necessary in Wyoming. It’s important that our local leaders be factful, solid voices of reason & not to create hysteria from something completely out of their control. Personal opinions should be just that & not be policy however well intentioned.
During this time, many are held to tight budgets. You either cut spending, raise your revenue or do both. Asking neighbors to chip in is not normal. Laramie’s City budget shouldn’t be any different. The city needs to focus on encouraging business growth as its main way of raising revenue. A 1% tax is a burden directed at the community to buy those things we should have budgeted for. I support measures which promote fiscal responsibility, transparency & accountability. American exceptionalism for the past century is solid proof that free market works when supported by local government.
My focus in the first year will be making Laramie more business savvy to both new & existing businesses. Zoning industrial & manufacturing areas would invite diversity to our town. However, businesses both small and large won’t think twice about investing in Laramie if the environment isn’t truly supportive. Cutting the excessive, burdensome policies; seen from Council of late is a must. A great economy is the driving force to getting the quality of life our community strives for. I will support measures in Laramie WY which create a proper environment for businesses to grow & to thrive.
Campaign Phone (307) 399-0963
Phone 307-399-0963
Email Address Andi.Summerville@gmail.com
Party Affiliation Nonpartisan
My family and I have been residents of West Laramie for almost 20 years and I care deeply about the community and its future. I am an enthusiastic supporter of community involvement, community partnerships, and the development of our community. My husband and I have three children that we could never imagine raising anywhere else. I have a BA in Music from UW, 10 years as a Special Investigator/Special Agent, five years previous experience as a City Council member and currently advocate for mental health services across the state.
As Covid-19 drags on, frustration and fatigue with the public health restrictions/recommendations and community impact is building. We know more now than we did in March and can put that knowledge to use. The Council can set the example- encourage residents to continue to follow public health recommendations and employers to be flexible. We should work with our local/state public health officials and community partners to continually assess the situation and take necessary action. Many of us have never seen the like of this pandemic before and we need to remember we are in this together.
The city has traditionally struggled with revenue and runs one of the most constrained budgets in the state. We have struggled to fund parks and recreations, public safety, and infrastructure (i.e. roads) to name a few. But we make it work. I would consider a ballot measures for an additional sales tax if there is a well thought out plan, clear communication as well as debate and discussion about what the tax would fund and why we need it. In general Laramie needs to continue to look for ways to support our core services as well as quality of life items like park and recreation.
Immediately there are a few items. Can we market Laramie for “add on” businesses to industries that already exist in Laramie such as education and tourism? What resources are we applying now and what else can we do? What other industries are “hiding” in Laramie that we can help promote (Arts, Tech Companies)? How can we help our existing small businesses diversify and grow? Long term the city needs to work with community partners to develop/adjust longer term plans that address key corridors for development/redevelopment such as Snowy Range Road, Third Street and Cirrus Sky Tech Park.