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Former physician runs for governor

Mar 13, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Riverton resident David Steger made his plans known Wednesday

David Steger of Riverton has announced his bid for governor of Wyoming in 2014.

"We need a straightforward governor," Steger said Wednesday during an interview at The Ranger. "I shoot straight, and everybody knows it."

He has lived in Riverton for 33 years, having moved to the state when he began his career as a physician. Steger said he chose Wyoming because of the people he had met here.

"I love the wildlife and the outdoors, but mainly it was the people," he said. "And my life's goal was to be a country doctor."

During his time as a doctor in Riverton, he said he met a lot of people in the community. In 2010 he said he saw 12,000 patients.

"I know pretty much everyone in Fremont County," he said. "I've got a lot of community ties. ... Ninety-nine percent of people here know me and respect me."

He stopped practicing medicine about two years ago, and since then he said he has been contemplating a future in politics.

"I'm not working, and I've got all this energy," Steger said, calling himself a moderate Republican.

He has kept himself occupied by training dogs and leading tours through his business Big Buck Worldwide Adventures, but Steger said he is ready to take on a new challenge. He hasn't run for office before, but Steger said has experi

ence in multiple fields. He served in the U.S. Army 1972-1982, and he went to school for chemical engineering before earning his medical degree in 1981 from Saint Louis University in Missouri, the state where he was born and raised.

After moving west, in 1983 he became founding president of the Wyoming Wild Sheep Foundation.

"We were having big die-offs," Steger said. "I thought, 'Let's see if we can help these sheep.'"

He served on the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission 1993-1999, and in 2006 he founded Ryan's Outdoor Adven-tures, a nonprofit organization that helps disadvantaged youth by exposing them to the outdoors.

Steger said he plans to begin campaigning throughout Wyoming as the governor's race draws nearer.

"I'm going to be the next governor," Steger said with conviction. "I guarantee you, I'm going to make it happen. ... I've never started anything I didn't finish."

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