We should embrace the split

NLJ Staff

In the final moments of the 2022 budget session the Wyoming Legislature approved a

redistricting plan that will see Weston County split. The result of this decision is the county having two representatives and two senators representing various areas in the county. (see page 8 for a map.)

While this split may leave a sour taste in the mouths of many, including the Weston County Commissioners who have discussed potential lawsuits to fight the decision, Weston County residents have the opportunity to have four voices represent their wants and needs instead of two or three. 

Like Sen. Ogden Driskill, R-Devils Tower, and former Sen. Curt Meier, now the Wyoming State Treasurer, said 10 years ago, you have to hold their feet to
the fire. 

If Weston County residents remain engaged, especially during the interim, it is likely that the county’s interest will be represented by multiple individuals. 

It may not be the most popular idea, we can all agree it would be nice to have representation living in the county, but we must embrace the split and take advantage of the opportunity that the community has to be heard by multiple individuals. 

Engage with your legislators, vote smart in the upcoming election and continue to fight for what Weston County wants. We may be small, but we are mighty and there is great opportunity in the upcoming 10 years, before the next redistricting process, to utilize the legislators we have.


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