CASPER, Wyo. — The eight currently serving members of the Casper City Council have selected a candidate to fill the vacant Ward III seat left by Councilman Chris Walsh’s resignation.
Stephen Cathey was selected to become the newest member of the City Council. With Walsh’s term was set to expire Jan. 5, 2021, Cathey will serve out the rest of that term.
He will be eligible to run again during the 2020 election cycle.
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Cathey will join the Council immediately, though he will be allowed to abstain from voting on any issue he feels that he is not up to speed on.
Casper Mayor Charlie Powell praised the quality of the 13 candidates who applied.
“I just find it inspiring as a City leader to hear from all of you,” he said. “The commitment that people have to this community and its future is just impressive.”
The candidates each answered the same set of five questions, and Powell said all were capable.
“I suspect that you have all been impressed with what you’ve heard from your fellow candidates,” he said before the eight council members retired into executive session to select a candidate.
The candidates were each asked to answer the following questions during the ten minutes of time allotted:
- Tell us about yourself.
- Explain why you want to serve on the City Council.
- Describe your qualifications and how they will benefit the city of Casper.
- Are you willing to run for re-election in 2020?
- Tell us your availability to serve the time commitments of Council meetings and board meetings throughout the week/month.
Much of what the 13 candidates said during their interviews reflects what they told Oil City when we interviewed them. We will attempt to reach out to the new council member to ask them about their vision now that they have been selected to fill the Ward III vacancy.
The 13 candidates were the following individuals (Click their names to read the profile article about each):