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Saulsbury defeats Keating, Haid in Natrona County Assessor race in Republican Primary

Tammy Saulsbury, Natrona County Assessor candidate, at Politics in the Park in June. (Gregory Hirst, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — Tammy Saulsbury has won the Republican Primary in her bid to become the next Natrona County Assessor, according to preliminary results from the Natrona County Clerk’s Office. Results are unofficial until certified by local and state officials.

Saulsbury secured 52.33% of the vote, enough to defeat current Assessor Matt Keating as well as candidate Tim Haid. No Democratic Party candidates filed to run for Natrona County Assessor. Independent candidates have until Monday, Aug. 29 to file for placement on the General Election ballot.

Results from the Republican Primary in the race were as follows:

(Screenshot from Natrona County Clerk’s Office)

Saulsbury worked in the Natrona County Assessor’s Office for 13 years and served as interim county assessor from April to December 2018. With property valuations increasing under Keating, Saulsbury said in responses to an Oil City News candidate questionnaire she was running for assessor “to give taxpayers a voice and to ensure that taxpayers receive fair and accurate property tax assessments.”

Keating was first elected as Natrona County Assessor in 2018 after serving 14 years on the Natrona County Commission. He has defended property valuations issued during his time in office and said in an Oil City News candidate questionnaire he ran for a second term because he thinks there is more work to be done.

He said he has advocated for property tax relief for homeowners and has argued that such relief requires action from the Wyoming Legislature. Keating also said that entities like the Natrona County Commission and the City of Casper could choose not to collect the full amount of mill levies they are entitled to under state statute as a way to provide some relief for rising property taxes.

Haid is a business owner who decided to run for assessor after his grandparents received a dramatic increase in their property valuation under Keating.

“I had heard about problems with skyrocketing taxes, but this really hit home and made me think of all of the senior citizens that are on a fixed income that may not be able to afford an increase that’s this substantial,” Haid said in his responses to an Oil City News candidate questionnaire.

One of the things Haid said he would offer if elected would be better communication between the assessor’s office and residents.

Candidate questionnaire responses from the three assessor candidates are available:

The General Election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Absentee voting for the General Election will begin on Sept. 23 and run through Nov. 7.

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