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Marian Orr Wins Cheyenne Mayoral Race

Marian Orr

Marian Orr has been elected to be Cheyenne’s next Mayor.  Orr won Cheyenne’s hotly contested mayoral race with 56 percent of the vote.

Throughout her campaign, she said she was focused on repairing infrastructure in the city, especially roads, and improving the city’s police force. Now she said it will be a matter of moving funds around.

“Really we don’t prioritize our roads,” said Orr. “We actually spend sometimes more on parks and recreation than public infrastructure, and so I believe what we do is dedicate an earmark gas and special fuel taxes, as well as a portion of the severance and mineral taxes to go directly to our roads.”

Orr also said she will work to improve communication between the mayor’s office and city council.

Cheyenne does not have a city administrator, so as mayor Orr will run the city. She will be able to appoint a cabinet and positions like a city attorney, the chief of police, and a fire chief.

The Federated Fire Fighters of Wyoming, along with several other unions, the Wyoming Tribune Eagle, and various PACs, endorsed Orr’s opponent, Amy Surdam. Orr says that she has already spoken with the federated fire fighters, and is ready to move forward.

“I’m completely honored and humbled to have really received the only endorsement that meant anything to me, and that was the endorsement of the voters.”

She is the first woman in Cheyenne to hold the office of Mayor.

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