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By Zach Spadt
Pine Bluffs Post 

The race for Commissioner

Meet the candidate: Amber Ash


This is the third part of a four-part weekly series to focus on the Laramie County Commissioner race before the August 16 primary election.

After serving a term on the Laramie County Board of Commissioners, Amber Ash is looking to continue her work.

Ash is among four Republican candidates and two incumbents running for two available seats this election cycle. Ash said she has worked to increase revenue for Laramie County during her time on the commission, and she hopes to continue doing just that.

Before earning a seat on the council in 2012, Ash served on the Cheyenne City Council.

A Chugwater native, Ash lived on a ranch and bred different species of cattle, including angus, before selling them and using the funds to purchase a home.

Because she worked for the Wyoming Department of Education, Ash could not run for partisan office. After leaving that job, she decided to throw her hat in the ring for the county commission.

“I felt like I could do a lot of good,” she said.

While serving on the commission, Ash said she has worked to bring more economic development to Laramie County, including the planned Wyoming Malting Facility in Pine Bluffs.

She added that she would like to see the planned remodel of the Laramie County Courthouse to completion.

Among her goals as a county commissioner is seeing the Laramie County Fairgrounds better utilized for events, including making the facility more accessible to recreational vehicles.

“It needs to be clarified that (the fairgrounds) aren’t just used for the fair. They’re used year-round,” she said.

With the state facing declining revenue for local governments to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars, Ash said she has worked alongside her fellow county commissioners. The Laramie County Commission has always been fiscally conservative, Ash said.

While serving as a commissioner, Ash was appointed by the Wyoming County Commissioners’ Association to serve on the state lottery board and bring a lottery to Wyoming, helping to bring in more revenue for Laramie County, which has been critical with the declining economy.

As for work pertaining to eastern Laramie County, Ash said she played a role in centralizing the county’s dispatch system. Laramie County handles all dispatch calls in Laramie County now.

“We did that so we could provide quality 911 service throughout the county,” she said.

“People don’t think about how those things impact the whole county,” Ash said.

The primary election is August 16.


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