CASPER, Wyo. — Lisa Engebretsen says she is running for one of two available Ward II seats on the Casper City Council “because I want to serve my community in regards to protecting private property rights and also protecting small business rights.”
Engebretsen is a Casper native and adds that should would like “to preserve our way of life here. We live in the best State in the Union and Casper has amazing residents.”
If elected to serve on the city council, Engebretsen says a priority for her is ensuring the city is spending its money wisely.
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“The city needs to focus on less spending during these tumultuous times, but also keep city employees employed and our residents safe,” she said. “I would need to look at the budget and see where the money goes. I have ideas to help cut costs, so I want to make sure it is good for the whole.”
“I think the city council is trying to find ways to help cut costs to help preserve cash flow. I agree that we are in difficult times and making difficult decisions that people won’t agree on is part of the job.”
Engebretsen said that she think Mayor Steve Freel has been “doing a good job regarding issues on wearing masks by not mandating it but allowing individuals and businesses make the decisions.”
Officials with the Wyoming Department of Health and the Casper-Natrona County Health Department have not mandated the use of face coverings in the county amid the COVID-19 pandemic as of Friday, July 24.
Engebretsen said that she thinks “better communication with the public is paramount. The city council needs to do a better job communicating with the public regarding new ordinances and changes.”
Engbretsen owns Forefront Real Estate. She says that as a small business owner in Casper, she has an understanding of “the struggles we face as individuals and as a company.”
“My children live here along the rest of my family and I want to see business growth in Casper and continue to keep Casper a safe environment for generations to come,” Engebretsen adds. “I look forward to serving my community in anyway I can.”
Candidates chosen to serve on the Casper City Council are elected to four year terms. Engebretsen is running for one of two seats available in Ward II. Candidates for the contests in each of Casper’s three wards are as follows (links to Oil City’s coverage of each of the candidates will be added as we complete those):
- Ward I (Two seats available)
- Ward II (Two seats available)
- Ward III (one seat available)
- Steve Cathey (incumbent)
- Michael H. Mcintosh
- Woody Warren
NOTE: Oil City has reached out to all city council candidates via email. We will provide profiles of each of the candidates in the order that we receive their responses.