Skip to comments.New blood for GOP? (WY Congressional race)
Posted on 11/26/2007 7:02:50 PM PST by Clintonfatigued
A new generation of Republicans is needed to restore the party to its principles of limited government and individual freedom, Dan Zwonitzer say.
The 28-year-old state representative from Cheyenne said that is why he intends to seek the Republican nomination for the U.S. House next year.
Zwonitzer announced formation of his exploratory campaign committee Tuesday and said he will make a formal announcement of his candidacy for the state's only U.S. House seat after the 2008 legislative budget session ends in March.
At this stage you can still explore without the Federal Election Commission coming in with regulations, he said during an interview Tuesday.
He is in his second term in the Wyoming House and is the youngest member of the Legislature.
Zwonitzer said he plans to make a long-term commitment to staying in the U.S. House, if elected, in order to give the state valuable seniority.
I think everyone who runs for the seat should make a seven-term commitment to benefit Wyoming, he said.
Other Republicans who have announced their intention to run for the House seat next year include Kenn Gilchrist, a Casper businessman; Swede Nelson, a substitute teacher and motivational speaker from Cheyenne; and Bill Winney, a retired Navy captain who lives in Sublette County.
State Rep. Colin Simpson, R-Cody, said publicly earlier this year that he intended to challenge incumbent Rep. Barbara Cubin, R-Wyo., in the GOP primary. Cubin recently announced she will not seek re-election next year.
I'm still evaluating all the opportunities and how they fit with my family, Simpson said Tuesday.
He and his wife, Debbie, have two sons, ages 5 and 8.
Democrat Gary Trauner of Teton County has announced he will run for the House again. He lost to Cubin last year by a narrow margin.
Zwonitzer works as an auctioneer in southeast Wyoming and helps manage his family's businesses in the Cheyenne area. He previously worked four years in state government -- in the governor's office and for the Department of Agriculture.
This is an interesting development. Word has it that he’s well-known in his home town of Cheyenne.
Input from Wyoming Freepers is encouraged.
Could see a lot of names jump in. Hopefully it won’t be a bloodbath that benefits Trauner.