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Knapp Selected To Replace Late Rep. Edwards

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The Campbell County Commissioners have chosen a replacement for the late Roy Edwards. Former Campbell County Commissioner Chris Knapp will take over the term of Rep. Edwards and represent District 53 at the state legislature.

Edwards died the day before the election after testing positive and being hospitalized for COVID-19. Knapp, a local business owner, was chosen from a list of three possible candidates put forth by the Campbell County Republican Party.

Commissioner Bob Maul said they picked someone who will hopefully get a quick start.

"At this point in time, I'm looking for the hound dog that's going to go down there and eat people and get the job done. And the only thing is, I think he's got a little bit of experience in that field because of his background," he said.

In his interview with commissioners on Monday, Knapp said he'd like to see the state redefine its revenue, especially after its long dependence on coal.

"It's going to take that approach of marketing ourselves differently to say we are going to help solve some of the state's and some of the nation's problems in providing a good strong secure baseline energy that's blended with clean coal, natural gas, wind and start becoming a regional source for that energy," he said.

Knapp said it will be crucial for the state to learn how to best market all of its industries including tourism and agriculture to improve revenue moving forward.

Knapp said he also wants to take a hard look at the state's education funding model.

Have a question about this story? Contact the reporter, Catherine Wheeler, at cwheel11@uwyo.edu

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