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Goggles says he won't run again

Mar 7, 2014 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

Following the adjournment of this year's Wyoming Legislature on Thursday, Rep. Patrick Goggles, D-Ethete announced Friday his decision not to run for re-election to the Wyoming House of Representatives.

"It has been my honor and privilege to serve as State Representative for House District 33 the past 10 years in the Wyoming House of Representatives," Goggles said in a press release.

He said he wanted to "make way for the next generation of potential law makers to enact laws, allocate state revenues, and set public policy."

"I step aside to encourage a younger person to take on the very challenging role of state representative," he said.

Goggles is not be retiring from his executive director position at the Northern Arapaho Tribal Housing department nor is he leaving politics. He said he would continue his work with the Democratic Party in Fremont County, the Wind River Indian Reservation and the rest of the state.

He plans to help recruit Democrats in elected officials positions for the House and the Senate, he said.

"It's a very diverse district," Goggles said in an interview, adding that the right candidate would represent a large number of people with agricultural interests, tribal members, rural residents, those interested water and jurisdiction issues.

Goggles most recently defeated Republican Jim Allen in 2012 in the Wyoming State House 33 race. He first faced Allen in 2004 general election. In 2010, Goggles won the general election narrowly against Republican Daniel Cardenas.

In the House, Goggles served as minority floor leader, minority whip, vice chairman of the House Education Committee, Management Council, and co-chairman of the Select Committee on Tribal Relations. He also served in other committees including 22 years in the school board and served in other levels of community service at the local level.

He thanked his son, daughter, siblings, friends and other relatives. He also thanked tribal members, district patrons and constituents who he said gave him the "vote of confidence."

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