Republican legislators set bids for re-election this yearApr 19, 2016 By Christina George, Staff Writer
Two Fremont County legislators say they will seek re-election for another two-year term in the Wyoming Legislature.
State Rep. Lloyd Larsen is serving in his second term, and State Rep. Jim Allen is in his first full term. Allen also served in the seat for a brief time after being appointed in 2004 following the death of Harry Tipton.
Both men are Republicans.
"When I ran the first time, it was my hope that I could serve in the Legislature for at least six terms, and the reasons I would like to do that is I think it takes a while to get your feet on the ground to really be productive," Larsen said.
"I understand the system fairly well. I think that I am being active in the (legislative) committees and being part of the decision-making process, and I think that is important to my constituents and the citizens of Fremont County."
Allen called it an honor to serve, "The great people in my district and to legislate for all Wyoming people as well."
"The votes we make are consequential, and I don't take them lightly. I study the issues, read the reports, legal analysis and compare each issue to its relation to the constitution before voting," he said.
"Serving in the Legislature is like drinking information from a firehose, but I relish the challenge."
Allen added that he works hard at his legislative duties and takes it seriously.
"I would consider it a privilege to be re-elected to continue serving the people, and I look forward to the election," he said.
Both incumbents have at least one Democratic challenger who've announced their candidacy.
Northern Arapaho tribal liaison Sergio Maldonado said he is running for Allen's House District 33 post, which mainly covers the Wind River Indian Reservation.
Julia Stuble, public lands advocate for the Wyoming Outdoor Council, is challenging Larsen for the House District 54 seat.
Larsen said he didn't have a Democratic opponent in the 2014 election and gave kudos for the party having members running for office.
"They have rallied the troops and they have people willing to step forward, and you have to respect that," Larsen said. "I don't take it lightly."