May 23, 2012 - By Christina George, Staff WriterCentral Wyoming College employee and Riverton business owner Sherry Shelley will seek the Democratic nomination for Wyoming House District 55.
In a news release issued Tuesday, the Wyoming native and longtime Riverton resident said she was encouraged by others to run for the seat, which is held by state Rep. David Miller, R-Riverton.
Miller already has filed for re-election.
"The longer I thought about it, the more I realized that this provides an amazing opportunity to work for things I care about -- women in business, quality education, sustainable strong communities -- in a truly meaningful way," Shelley said in a news release.
"I believe I have the critical thinking skills to make sound decisions on behalf of Wyoming's citizens, and I'm looking forward to sharing my ideas and hearing from Riverton residents about what is most important to them."
As of noon Wednesday, Shelley had not filed for the seat. Rep. Miller submitted his application for re-election last Friday. The filing period ends June 1.
According to the release, Shelley is serving her second term as secretary of the Wyoming Democratic Party.
She has been the community service coordinator for CWC for 20 years.
Prior to accepting her position at CWC, Shelley co-founded and co-owned Sweetwater Garden Co. in Riverton. She now operates a wreath-making business in addition to her CWC job.
She said she understands the problems facing small business owners in Wyoming.
"All the various components of our state's economic structure are valuable," she said. "From schools to small businesses to tourism and agriculture to big energy companies, all help support the quality of life people enjoy in this state."
Shelley believes the declining natural gas values and its effect on future declining revenues will present a challenge for the state.
"If elected by voters in House District 55, I will work with other legislators to preserve essential government services," she said.
Shelley pledged to work to ensure a good living wage for all of Wyoming's residents, improve workplace safety and return more control of education to the local level.
"I believe we need to be far less focused on politics and much more on what people in this state need to live productive, satisfying lives," she said.
Her extensive volunteerism includes several community organizations such as the Paws for Life Animal League board for fundraising, Fremont County Local Foods and Arts in Action. She is the recipient of the Margaret Peck Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Arts.
Shelley helped launch the Riverton Tree Board and served as chair for 11 years. She also initiated the Memorial Crabapple Grove, commemorating Riverton's centennial.
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