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Two Shoshoni council seats to be filled from five-candidate field
Nov 4, 2012 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer
Four candidates are vying for two seats on the Shoshoni Town Council. Candidates are incumbents Ken Cundall and Bill Marcus and newcomers Brandy Hague and Darla Keever. The two candidates who earn the most votes will win seats on the four-member council.
Ken Cundall, 75, is finishing his 16th year on the Shoshoni Town Council, including terms in the 1980s and 1990s. He worked for the state on parks and historical sites for 30 years.
He said he helped the council replace several sewer and water lines. There are still sewer and other infrastructure projects that he would like to see through, however, so he is running for another term.
"I would like to see our city wells and water situation improved," Cundall added.
What sets him apart, he said, is his knowledge of the projects the council is working on and his knowledge of how municipalities work. Cundall received the most votes in the August primary election.
Though raised in Shoshoni, the city council bid is Hague's first delve into politics. Hague, 38, said she is running because she wants to be more involved in the community.
Law enforcement and trash are two important issues to Hague.
Adding two or three more officers to Shoshoni's police force is another goal for Hague. She said the town only has one full-time and one part-time officer, and they cannot be on duty all the time.
"If crime is occurring, we shouldn't have to wait for a (sheriff's) deputy to respond," Hague said.
She said a lot of residents are upset they now have to follow a schedule to bring trash to the transfer station and are upset with some of the fees.
"They want to know where the money is going," Hague said. "They're paying taxes, why are they having to pay to dump?"
Fremont County County Solid Wate Disposal District manages the transfer stations. Hague earned the fourth-most votes in the primary.
Darla Keever, 54, thinks her community involvement experience will make her a good council-member. She is on the Wind River Visitors Council, helped set up the hospice volunteer program, is on the senior center board of directors and volunteers with Bountiful Baskets.
"If you want something done you find a busy person," Keever said.
She is running because she wants to get further involved in the community, she said. She wants to see Shoshoni keep getting better, and she said she wants to continue developing tourism and business in Shoshoni if elected. Raised in Alcova Keever moved to Shoshoni seven years ago. She came in second in the primary.
Marcus, 61, has been on the council for eight years in two discontinuous terms. He said he is running because people in Shoshoni have asked him to run again.
"Apparently they like the job that I'm doing," Marcus said.
Marcus wants to continue to bring in more jobs and improve the town's infrastructure. Add a water well is one of his goals if elected because one of the town's wells is not producing enough.
"The primary function of the council is to keep the water flowing and the sewers running," he said.
Marcus said his vision for improving the city is to have more people take individual responsibility to clean up the town.
"You can work with people," he said, "but you don't force people because they will push back.
Marcus moved to Shoshoni in 1974 and grew up in Worland. He is a mechanic for the Big Horn Divide and Wyoming Railroad. He is also a member of the joint powers board of Wyoming Community Gas, on the executive board of the Wyoming Association of Municipalities and a board member of the Child Development Services of Fremont County. As a part of WAM, he says he has a direct line to the Wyoming Legislature where he represents Shoshoni and other small Wyoming towns.
Marcus got the third-most votes in the primary.