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Mayor Kenyne Schlager, who was first elected in 2006, said the members, have a range of experience in community and government functions. That, she said, will give them an advantage she didn’t have.

“I wasn’t very involved in politics,” she said. “So I feel like it took me at least two years to really get an understanding of how things were going. I think some of our new council members were a lot more engaged in the government and politics than I was, so they’ll probably have an easier time.”

Charlie Powell, who won election Tuesday, was appointed in the summer of 2011 and is the newest sitting council member. The only new member elected in 2010 was Paul Meyer, and the new members in 2008 were Bill Brauer and Kim Holloway.

Bob Hopkins, incoming Ward 1 councilman, previously served two years on the Planning and Zoning Commission and currently sits on the Amoco Reuse Agreement Joint Powers Board, the Natrona County Library Board and the Public Utilities Advisory Board.

Hopkins watched the current council manage the city and maintain financial stability and said he intends to serve his ward in a similar manner.

“The city of Casper has a record of doing things right in the long run,” he said. “I’d like to continue doing that.”

Stephen Cathey,
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who will represent Ward 3, has no political experience but served as director of the Casper Mountain Ski Patrol for two years and served on the patrol for a total of 14 years. Cathey said he tries to give his honest opinion on issues and was honored to have been elected.

“It’s quite humbling,” he said. “It’s a big responsibility to try to represent the east side of the city.”

Craig Hedquist, newly elected Ward 2 councilman, also has no political experience but has dealt with the city for years as owner of Hedquist Construction. He said the largest lesson he learned from the campaign was that any council actions should have community support.

“I’d just like to thank the people for voting for me,” he said.

Daniel Sandoval, incoming Ward 1 councilman, was a precinct committeeman in the ’90s but has never run for another elected office. One of his goals is to keep Casper “financially solvent,” but he also acknowledged the need for additional study after his election.

Council and city leadership met with all candidates prior to the election, and Schlager said she hopes all candidates will continue to engage with the council. Once sworn in, the newest members will receive tours of municipal buildings so they can become better acquainted with city operations.

“It takes some time, but everybody starts in kind of the same spot when they get elected,” Schlager said. “So it’s doable, and I’m sure they’ll all do great.”

New members will likely be involved in the outcome of the proposed conference center, as the current council has not made any definite decisions and plans should extend into 2013. Overall,
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Schlager said she expects the council to continue operating as it always has.