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Democrat enters race in HD33

Apr 23, 2014 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

A Democrat has announced her candidacy for the state representative seat in House District 33.

Andrea "Andi" A. Clifford, a Northern Arapaho tribal member and Fort Washakie resident, joins Republicans Daniel Cardenas and Jim Allen who announced their decision to run in March.

The filing period begins in May and the primary election will take place Aug. 8.

House District 33 covers the area stretching from Crowheart to Atlantic City and includes Arapahoe, Ethete and Fort Washakie on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

Clifford is the niece of Democrat Patrick Goggles who announced in March that he would not seek re-election to the House District 33 seat after serving in the Wyoming House of Representatives for the past 10 years.

In a statement released Tuesday, Clifford said she hopes to continue her uncle's "trailblazing legacy" that allowed democrats in the region to hold a "consistent" voice in the House of Representatives.

"I know I can represent native and non-native, Shoshone, Arapaho, rancher, farmer, educators, employees from both the public and private sectors, veterans and the youth of our county and state," Clifford said in an e-mail. "It is my commitment if elected to listen to and represent every aspect of my district and the State of Wyoming."

Clifford was born and raised on the Wind River Indian Reservation and received her master's degree in public administration from the University of Wyoming. She is also a 2010 graduate of Leadership Wyoming, a nine-month educational program formed through a partnership of the Wyoming Heritage Foundation and the University of Wyoming.

Clifford was an intern during the 2005 state legislative session while she pursued her master's degree.

Currently, she is the assistant general manager for the Wind River Hotel and Casino where she supervises more than 700 employees.

Clifford listed race relations, education, a healthy economy, equal rights, veterans issues and youth initiatives as areas of interest for her.

"I believe education is very important, and I believe early education is the cornerstone for at-risk children, as well as high quality, reliable child care," she said, adding that there are fences to mend on race relations and bridges to build between the environment and business.

"I also know it's very important to grow, diversify and sustain a healthy economy in our county and state," Clifford said. "I believe that everyone deserves an equal right to resources that make life meaningful, whether that is economic equality, racial equality, gender equality or marriage equality."

She offered her willingness to learn, listen and "fight for what is right" all while representing her constituents in the district and state.

Clifford is married to Donald Clifford Sr. and has four children.