Monday, June 16, 2008

Trauner takes on four Republicans at forums

This comes from the June 12 Jackson Hole News & Guide via jhwygirl in Montana:

The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce this month will host the first in a series of five congressional candidate forums in Wyoming. The forum, from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, June 19, at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, was organized through partnerships with the museum and in collaboration with the chambers of commerce in Cheyenne, Casper, Gillette and Rock Springs.

Republican and Democratic candidates running for the lone U.S. House of Representatives seat in Wyoming will be present to answer questions and address issues, concerns and interests of Jackson Hole, the rest of the state and the nation. Incumbent U.S. Rep. Barbara Cubin has already announced she will not seek an eighth term. Republicans Michael Holland of Green River, Bill Winney of Bondurant, Cynthia Lummis of Cheyenne and Mark Gordon of Buffalo have filed to run for Cubin’s seat. W. David Herbert has filed to run as a Libertarian.

Wilson Democrat Gary Trauner announced in October he would try for the second consecutive election to win the seat. No Democrats have filed to challenge him. In 2006, Trauner lost by 1,012 votes to Cubin in his first race for statewide office. A panel of four will pose questions to candidates in this first opportunity for the public to learn the candidates’ positions on important issues.

Moderators for the panel will be Jackson Mayor Mark Barron, Jackson Hole News & Guide Editor Angus Thuermer, Planet Jackson Hole Editor Sabra Ayres, and M.J. Clark of the Wyoming Business Report.The panel will also take questions from the audience.

For information, contact Tim O’Donoghue, executive director of the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, at 733-3316, ext. 25, or

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