House Rep. Andy Schwartz doesn't need an opponent to talk issues   Buckrail - Jackson Hole, news
Andy Schwartz. (David J Swift)

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Andy Schwartz is not letting the fact that he has no opponent in the race for House District 23 prevent him from stumping. In lieu of an opponent, the two-term representative of HD23 announced his “The State of Wyoming” campaign.

Schwartz, a Democrat, says he plans to launch the community-focused campaign in an effort to create dialogue around the needs of Teton County residents, and how this intersects with decisions made at the state capital.

“Campaigns are a natural opportunity to connect with constituents and learn about their interests and concerns so I can better represent them in Cheyenne. It’s also a chance to expand our communities’ understanding of what’s happening at our state’s capital and throughout the state,” Schwartz said. “I wanted to still have this opportunity, despite being unopposed on the ballot.”

Schwartz’s State of Wyoming campaign will consist of a four-part ‘community conversation’ series focused on the state’s most relevant issues that affect Teton County residents: Economy, Education, Healthcare, and Conservation.

In addition, Rep. Schwartz will be making his way around the neighborhoods of his district, seeking one-on-one conversations with residents. Also watch for a virtual campaign on Facebook as well.

Schwartz acknowledges a disconnect often exists between Teton County and the rest of Wyoming, and he hopes the campaign will help bridge this gap.

“There are fundamental reasons for this gap—geographic, demographic, socio-economic and political,’ Schwartz said. “It is important to understand how these influence our relationship with the rest of the state, and how we can improve this mutually beneficial relationship. If Wyoming wants to move forward, and Teton County with it, it’s important to create a deeper understanding here of statewide issues, and how we can help contribute to solutions.”

House District 23 covers much of Teton County. During his four-year tenure he has been focused on mental health issues, protecting wildlife and public lands, and promoting the interests of local governments. In his current position as a member of the Joint Appropriations Committee, he plays a significant role in crafting the state’s budget.

A small business owner and resident of Teton County for more than 40 years, Schwartz has a deep civic history in County 22 that extends well beyond his time in the Legislature. He split time serving on the Teton County and Town of Jackson Planning Commissions from 1992-2000, sat on the Board of County Commissioners from 2001-2012—all before earning his seat in the Wyoming House of Representatives.

Join Rep. Schwartz at the Jackson Whole Grocer on July 18 from 12-1:30pm to talk about our economy, and at Lift Bar and Grill on August 9 from 5:00-6:30pm to talk about education. Refreshments will be served.