Aug 16, 2012 - By Emily Etheredge, Staff WriterRiverton City Council Ward 3 councilman Lars Baker said he bases his decisions on what will be most beneficial to the people of Riverton.
"I have lived in or around Riverton for over 30 years, and it has been a wonderful community for me," Baker said. "I feel like I need to contribute something back to the community."
Baker has served on the council for six years and is running in an uncontested race against candidate Larry Bauman.
Baker said he wants to continue to research every issue to find the best way for the city to go.
"Usually when something comes before the council, I like to study it and agonize over it," Baker said. "If folks in Ward 3 appreciate that kind of thoughtful consideration over the issues, then I am the right guy for them."
Baker said he is fascinated by the process of government.
"I think the City of Riverton does an excellent job," Baker said. "We give people an opportunity to come before the council and express their opinion, and any of our ordinances take up to three readings. The process seems painfully slow, but it is designed to have the greatest level of community involvement and council inspection of the issue."
Baker said many of the issues that hit the floor for the first time require a lot of discussion. He said council members sometimes change their minds, and their votes, before the ordinance finally passes.
"I like to hear people come in and talk, I like to weigh different opinions and really study those opinions before I make up my mind," Baker said.
Baker graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1967 with a degree in wildlife management and conservation.
He is the supervisor for Fremont County Weed and Pest where he has been employed for 37 years.
Baker, 68, has a wife, Marian, and six children.
"I think Riverton is a nice place to live, and I work to make sure it continues to be a nice place to live," Baker said.
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