Steve Duerr announces candidacy for HD#22
May 7, 2008
Upper Green River Valley resident, Steve Duerr, announced his intention to file as a Republican candidate for Wyoming HD #22. The position is currently held by Daniel resident Monte Olsen, who decided not to run for re-election. Duerr, an attorney, made an unsuccessful bid for Senate District #16 in 2004. “Through family and marriage, I have a rural, agriculture and ranch background. I have worked in all aspects of the farm, ranch, cattle and beef packing business, “ Duerr said.
He has served as the former General Counsel and EVP for the Jackson Hole Ski Corporation. He served as Executive Director of the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, and was General Counsel for Lower Valley Energy for 18 years. He was appointed to the Pinedale Anticline Working Group and would like to create a Joint Powers Board to give better local control over the impacts of natural gas development.
“The purpose of the JPB would be to increase public trust that the right local people were in right places at the right times in the right way, to consistently understand and keep track of all of the impacts of the Gas Boom, good and bad. The JPB might have 9 to 11 board members: appointed representatives of Sublette County, the towns, the PAWG, the general public and the gas industry. The JPB would meet regularly in public consistent with open meeting laws. After seeking public input the JPB would pursue a relatively narrow set of goals, reviewed and approved by local elected officials, including continuing the initiatives of the PAWG working groups (set free of BLM inertia and interacting on their say so). Enhancing public trust through increased local control, JPB leadership could line out a road map to a desired Sublette County future and a long term vision founded on continuing trust, collaborative communication and cooperation,” Duerr said.
“I am running because I love the land,” he said. “Humility and truth telling will be my trademark, with a theme of 'Conservation First',” he wrote in his candidacy announcement.