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One of ten Casper City Council candidates withdraws ahead of Tuesday interviews

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Casper City Council will be interviewing candidates to fill the Ward 1 vacancy on the council starting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 14.

While the council was originally slated to interview ten candidates, the city said on Tuesday that Garret Poste has asked that his application be withdrawn. That leaves the following nine candidates for the council’s consideration on Tuesday:

  • Dennis Rollins 
    • Independent film and television producer
  • Jacqueline Anderson
  • Kimberly Holloway
  • Zarryn Hinchen
    • Founder of Artemisia Dining
    • Butcher at Brattis Meat Market
    • Former kitchen consultant at Wyoming Food for Thought Project
    •  Application & Résumé
  • Wes Connell
    • Senior pastor at River of Life Church
    • Director of Cascade Coffee Shop
    • Owner of NeXus Design Group
    • Professional life coach 
    • Application & Résumé
  • David Hulshizer
  • Shannon O’Quinn
  • Jai-Ayla Quest
    • Program specialist for the Mass Violence and Atrocities Program at the Stanley Center for Peace and Security
    • Mother of three-year-old twins
    • Application & Résumé 
  • John Minchow
    • Employer listed as Rocky Mountain Power – Dave Johnston Power Plant
    • Application

These candidates are vying to fill the vacancy on the council left by the departure of former Council member Khrystyn Lutz, who moved to Lander.

The candidates on Tuesday evening will be asked the same set of questions by current city council members. Council members will be able to ask follow-up questions if they so choose after candidates reply to initial questions.

The candidates will be interviewed at City Hall with the option to also interview virtually.

Once the city council completes the interviews for the nine candidates, it will enter into an executive session and provisionally select a candidate to fill the vacancy. A formal vote to confirm this selection will take place on September 21.

The interim council member will be asked to serve from Sept. 21, 2021 to Jan. 3, 2023 — Lutz’s remaining term.

The new council member could run for election in November 2022 if they are interested in possibly keeping a seat on the council in 2023.