The race for Commissioner
Meet the candidate: Kevin Tighe
This is the second part of a four-part weekly series to focus on the Laramie County Commissioner race before the August 16 primary election.
A Laramie County native and Cheyenne firefighter is running for the Laramie County Board of Commissioners.
Republican Kevin Tighe spoke with the Pine Bluffs Post this week and said he is running for the board of commissioners to bring a citizen’s perspective to local government.
“I’m running as a citizen, not a politician,” Tighe said.
Tighe, who serves as a full-time firefighter for the Cheyenne Fire Department has never held elected office, but has been thinking about running for the past eight years.
“I want to bring new ideas to the commission and invest in youth,” Tighe said.
If elected, Tighe said reaching out to small towns in eastern Laramie County, including Albin, Burns and Pine Bluffs, would be a priority. He would like to visit each town frequently, be it by attending town council meetings or simply having meet and greets with constituents.
“I have a lot of family and close friends in Pine Bluffs and Albin. There’s no reason I can’t get out to Pine Bluffs, Hillsdale, Albin...” he said.
Tighe said he would also like to see the Laramie County Fair moved to the Archer Complex east of Cheyenne, which would make attending the fair more convenient for eastern Laramie County residents.
“The community voted twice to approve that. We owe it to the community to utilize the Archer facility,” Tighe said, adding he worked at the facility in high school.
“My wife used to show animals there,” he said.
Tighe calls himself “the people’s candidate,” and said his door would always be open.
With Wyoming facing local government funding shortfalls, Tighe said its important to find alternative ways to raise revenue, including economic diversification.
He’s also not opposed to implementing a seventh-penny sales tax, if that’s what voters choose, for special projects including the Cheyenne Children’s Museum.
“I’m not necessarily for raising taxes.
“I’m not afraid to (put the the issue) on the ballot and let the people decide,” Tighe said.
Tighe’s other priorities include making sure the public is safe. That includes having an infrastructure that enables first responders to respond quickly to emergencies.
“The best thing for a good outcome is to limit the response times (in emergency situations),” Tighe said.
Before serving with the Cheyenne Fire Department, Tighe served as a firefighter for Laramie County Fire Protection District No. 2. He and his brother own a curb paving business and he is a member of the Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce. He is married with one kid. Tighe is one of four candidates vying for two open seats on the Laramie County Board of Commissioners. Other candidates include former Commissioner M. Lee Hasenauer, and current Commissioners Buck Holmes and Amber Ash.
The primary election takes place August 16.