Former House speaker says he’ll retire

2010-05-05T00:00:00Z Former House speaker says he’ll retire TOM MORTON Gazette Star-Tribune The Billings Gazette
May 05, 2010 12:00 am  • 

CASPER — One Casper legislator announced his retirement and another announced his bid for re-election, according to news releases on Tuesday.

Republican Rep. Roy Cohee said he will not seek a seventh term in House District 35, which covers the east-central portion of Natrona County.

Democratic Rep. Mike Gilmore of House District 59 announced he will run for his party’s nomination in the Aug. 17 primary.

Former House Speaker Cohee was first elected in 1998.

He also served on the revenue committee and the highways, transportation and military affairs committee, and as majority floor leader.

One reason he cited for not running was the Wyoming voters’ mandate of term limits, and his 12 years in the Legislature puts him at the end of that tenure.

All government branches should welcome new changes and fresh ideas in thinking, he said.

Cohee does not intend to run for any other political office and will focus on his company, C&Y Transportation, he said in an interview.

Kendell Kroeker, the owner of Casper Mountain Motorsports, has said he intends to run for the GOP nomination in the Aug. 17 primary.

Casper Vice Mayor Paul Bertoglio also has indicated interest in the seat.

On the other side of town, Gilmore said he wants to continue the work he began in his first term.

“Last session I was involved with a number of bills, from giving preference to Wyoming-based contractors and keeping business local to efforts to raise the minimum wage for tipped employees like waitresses and bartenders and calls for insurance companies to use a standard system when processing medical claims so fewer people are denied coverage of necessary services,” Gilmore said.

“I am passionate about issues such as keeping our land and water accessible for sportsmen and recreationists, ensuring quality education for our children and making sure all citizens have the chance to have a job that pays a living wage,” he said.

House District 59 includes the areas around CY Avenue, Fort Caspar, Mills and part of Mountain View.

Gilmore worked for the Wyoming Department of Transportation and is now a partner in the Carz auto restoration shop in Casper.

No Republicans have announced they will run for their party’s nomination in the district, but that should change, state GOP executive director Ryan Taylor said. “We’re looking for a candidate to run in that seat.”

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