Aug 16, 2012 - By Emily Etheredge, Staff WriterOne thing is certain, Larry Bauman is not afraid to speak his mind.
"I am a straight talker," Bauman said. "If you aren't willing to speak up for what you believe is right, how will things ever get better?"
Bauman said he is not satisfied with how things are handled in Riverton, which is why he's running against current city councilman Lars Baker in an uncontested race for the Riverton City Council Ward 3 seat. Both Bauman and Baker will advance to the general election following next Tuesday's primary election.
"The city seems to go from self-induced crisis to crisis," Bauman said. "I think council members lack direction, and if they had direction and a plan, these types of issues wouldn't keep happening."
Bauman said he decided to run for council when council members voted to lease the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation building for five years with a building that has a 30-year payout.
"This is another instance of a bad decision," Bauman said. "DCI could say after five years they want to relocate, and then the city is stuck with a building. There was no thought and no looking down the road. The decisions that are made impacts the city for five or 10 years down the road."
Bauman said it was also a bad idea for the city to purchase the property at 422 E. Main St.
"I understand that people want the downtown area to look nice, I just don't think buying the property knowing it has soil contamination is the way to solve that problem," Bauman said. "You simply become the owner of that problem."
Bauman said if elected, he will be a straightforward person on the city council.
"If you really know who I am, I will garner your vote," Bauman said. "I don't toot my own horn and will stand up for what I believe in."
Bauman, 62, said if he thinks a decision is bad for the community, he won't vote for it.
"Not everyone is going to agree with me," Bauman said. "There can be room for compromise, but you have to speak up for what is right for this community."
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