Alta native and longtime Teton County public servant and politician Leland Christensen announced Thursday afternoon that he is running for Wyoming treasurer, under the slogan of “Increase investment returns, not new taxes.”
Christensen is in the last year of his second term as a Wyoming senator representing Teton County, during which he chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee. He was twice elected to the Teton County Board of County Commissioners, served for 20 years in the Teton County and Lincoln County sheriff’s offices, and put in 15 years with the 19th Special Forces Airborne Army and the National Guard.
Christensen had expressed interest in running for secretary of state, but in an email statement he stated he would seek the treasurer’s seat as a show of support for Gov. Matt Mead’s endorsement of Ed Buchanan for that position.
“As a member of the Wyoming Republican Central Committee who voted on the appointment of a new Secretary of State, I am supportive of Governor Mead’s appointment of Ed Buchanan,” his email stated. “We need stability, continuity and conservative leadership in statewide office on important state land and investment decisions. I am happy to support Secretary Buchanan as the incumbent candidate for Secretary of State.”
He briefly laid out his position on Wyoming’s financial standing and his ideas for balancing the state’s $900 million deficit, which the Legislature bridged in part by tapping the state’s “rainy day fund” and returns on investments.
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Richard Anderson, Jackson Hole Daily