Councilman Brown mulls mayoral run [Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, Cheyenne]
(Wyoming Tribune-Eagle (Cheyenne, WY) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) April 14--CHEYENNE -- City Councilman Jim Brown says he may run for mayor in the upcoming election.
"I have not ruled it out at all," he said. "After being on the council for six years, you gain a lot of knowledge and insight on the internal (operations) of a municipality, and they are much more complicated than anyone can imagine."
The city is headed in a good direction, he added, and he wants to be part of it for the next four years.
People who think the city is going in the wrong direction must not have the facts, he said. He pointed to growing business and increasing sales tax revenues as signs of a positive direction.
The recently announced Microsoft data center and National Center for Atmospheric Research supercomputer, set to come online soon, are examples of major developments taking place here, he said.
"That all sets the groundwork for future development," Brown said. "We're not pulling gold chunks out of the ground, but we have a lot of gold dust in front of us, and it's good for the city."
If he does not run for mayor, he said, he likely will run for council again.
He said he thinks Mayor Rick Kaysen, who has announced that he will seek re-election, came into office with no idea of what the job involved.
"He had no city experience," Brown said.
He added that Kaysen would have benefited from serving on the council for four years before being mayor.
Kaysen is not doing a bad job; he is doing the best he can with the experience he had when he was elected, Brown said.
Asked if he could do a better job, the councilman said no one runs for office with the idea of doing worse than the incumbent.
Brown declined to offer specific plans that he would put in place as mayor, saying he will get into those details if he decides to run.
City sanitation worker John Palmer also announced this week that he will run for mayor.
Brown started on the City Council in January 2007 after being elected to fill two years of an unexpired term. He was then elected for a four-year term, which expires in January.
He was born and raised in Cheyenne, is a Vietnam veteran and the owner of Ameri-Tech HVAC Services.
The primary election is Aug. 21; the general election is Nov. 6.
The mayor's salary is $95,000.
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