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A business owner and former Wyoming Game and Fish Department employee is running as a Republican candidate for one of three Natrona County Commissioner seats that will be up for election this year.

Dave North, 57, announced his candidacy last month in a press release. He is the owner of DNS Environmental, an environmental and safety consulting business. He previously worked for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department from 1986-1999.

North told the Star-Tribune that he is a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment and serves as an officer for the Platte River Rod and Gun Club.

He said he also strongly supports personal property rights.

“You should be able to do with your property what you like to do as long as it doesn’t negatively impact your neighbors,” he said.

Explaining that some Natrona County departments are struggling to hire and retain employees, North said he would also work to improve workers’ wages.

“We’ve got to take care of our employees,” he said.

North said this is the first time he has sought public office. If elected, he promises not to stay longer than two terms. Politicians tend to lose focus when they remain in office too long, he explained.

In his press release, North describes himself as a fiscal and social conservative and states that he wants to remove restrictions that prevent businesses from moving to the county.

North resides in Natrona County with his wife and daughter.

Eight Republicans and one Democrat are vying to fill three Natrona County Commission seats up for election this November.

Two of the candidates — Paul Bertoglio and Robert Hendry — currently serve as commissioners. They are joined by fellow Republican candidates Jerry Cook, Tracy Lamont, Jim Milne, Todd Murphy, James Milne and Linda Shogren-O’Grady. The race’s lone Democrat is Terry Wingerter.

The Republican primary is set for Aug. 21.

Katie King covers the city of Casper.

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Local Government Reporter

Katie King joined the Star-Tribune in 2017 and primarily covers issues related to local government. She previously worked as a crime reporter in the British Virgin Islands. Originally from Virginia, Katie is a graduate of James Madison University.

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