Aug 15, 2012 - By Emily Etheredge, Staff WriterDiana Mahoney said she thinks public service performed with dedication and energy can make a difference.
She has decided to run again for Riverton City Council Ward 1 in an uncontested race against Jonathan Faubion. Both will advance to the general election after the Tuesday, Aug. 21, primary.
"I am running for council again because I take a great deal of personal pride in helping make Riverton a better place to live," Mahoney said. "I am deeply rooted in this community and in the state of Wyoming. I am a Wyoming native and have lived in Riverton for the past 38 years. I research every issue and vote accordingly."
Mahoney has served on the city council for almost nine years. After being appointed to fill the term for a councilman who resigned, she has been elected to two full terms.
"I believe the council has a great impact on the city," Mahoney said. "One of the greatest is the budget. I am proud to say that we have always had a balanced budget. We have been able to balance the budget without laying off employees or dipping into the reserves. We are one of the few communities that can say this."
Mahoney said the most enjoyable part of serving is being able to discuss issues with the council and its counterparts in the state and nation.
"I am on the board of directors for the Wyoming Association of Municipalities and also on the steering committee for the Human Development Committee for the National League of Cities," Mahoney said. "This allows me the opportunity to compare Riverton to other cities and towns."
Mahoney was born and raised in Greybull. She attended Worland High School and went to college in Chadron, Neb., before moving to Riverton.
Mahoney and her husband, Michael, raised four children and a foster son who came to live with them when he was 11 years old.
"Among the five of our kids we have nine grandchildren," Mahoney said.
If elected to serve again, Mahoney said her first priority would be to get continued and adequate funding for the police department, streets and parks.
"I am a strong supporter of recreation in Riverton and will continue to help fund it," Mahoney said. "I also support the work that police chief Mike Broadhead is doing in trying to curb the alcohol problem in Riverton."
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