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VIDEO: Former NCSO investigator says local gov’t has greatest impact on lives

Casper City Council candidate David Hulzshizer. (City of Casper, Youtube)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Casper City Council interviewed nine candidates to fill a vacant Ward 1 seat on Tuesday, September 15. The council selected Jai-Ayla Quest after interviewing each of the nine candidates.

Each of the candidates shared some things they think Casper needs to see. Each candidate was asked to address the following questions:

  • Explain why you want to serve on the city council.
  • Describe your qualifications and how they will benefit the City of Casper.
  • How have you been following the council’s activity lately? Please explain the current issues that the city council is facing at this time.
  • Are you willing to run for re-election in 2022?
  • Tell us about your availability to serve the time commitments of council meetings and board meeting throughout the week and the month.

Candidate David Hulshizer, a former investigator with the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office, said that he thinks the city council is a place where important decisions are made that impact people’s lives.

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“I want to speak to you from the heart about who I am and why it is important to me that this body functions well,” Hulshizer said. “I believe in the importance of local government. Local government to me is the most important aspect of our country and our nation. Why? Because local government is where we the people have the most impact in our daily lives.”

Hulshizer said he thinks that local government has a “tremendous” impact on people’s lives and that the city council has the opportunity to make changes happen.

“You guys do touch the lives of local people every day,” he said. “I have been a part of that and I want to be a part of that continuing forward because I do believe that is important.”

Hulzhizer said he has called Casper home for over 20 years and served in law enforcement for most of his adult life prior to retiring. After retiring, he moved into the public safety sector and is now working in the nonprofit sector.

He said that the power the city council has to impact people’s lives is something he has witnessed in his law enforcement experience.

“Being part of this community, I’ve seen the best in people and I’ve seen the worst in people sometimes,” Hulshizer said. “And I’ve seen how local decisions impact people’s lives — mostly for the positive, but I’ve also seen where it has impacted people’s lives for the negative and I’ve seen that in the law enforcement realm.”

Hulshizer said that he has four children and that he also sees how decisions the city council makes impact the lives of young people. He also said that he has an understanding of the important role that city employees play in the community.

He said that a healthy community “starts with everyone on the council supporting employees and constituents.”

Hulshizer said he is involved with many things happening at a county-wide level but also is aware of things going on at the city level. He said he thinks one of the main things the council, like other levels of government, will be dealing with are budget issues coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said that he has also been tracking some of the developments surrounding liquor licenses in Casper.

Hulshizer said that he supports the proposed legislation that the city council is considering backing to lobby the Wyoming Legislature to pass a bill to create a Wyoming missing persons database.

“I would love to see things go through like that,” he said.

Hulshizer said he has also been following discussion about bias crime legislation and the sixth cent sales tax.

He said that he thinks the city council’s interaction with the Wyoming Legislature is important.

“The state legislature is going to ask you to do far more with less,” Hulshizer said. “They continually will. How will we do that given the budget constraints now?”

Hulshizer said that his background demonstrates a dedication to public service as well as an understanding of how local government operates.

He said that he would do his best to listen to constituents and make decisions on their behalf.

“I’ve served this community because I want to serve the community,” he said. “I’ve wanted to step outside of who I am because I believe in the community and I believe in the people that are in it. … I believe in being a servant-leader.”

Hulzshizer said that if appointed, he would be willing to run for re-election in 2022. He added that while he has a full-time job, it has flexibility that would allow him to meet the time commitments required to serve on city council.

The full list of the nine candidates who were interviewed Tuesday for the vacant Ward 1 seat were as follows:

  • 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

The candidate interviews can be streamed via the City of Casper’s YouTube channel: