(Gillette, Wyo.) Mary Throne, who grew up in Campbell County, announced Saturday she will seek the Democratic ticket for governor.
Throne said in a video promoting her candidacy she would focus on diversifying the economy, which she said would help ease the boom-bust cycle.
She cites 25,000 people who have left the workforce of the state in the most recent downturn.
“We can be more than a boom and a bust state,” she said.
Throne grew up on a ranch on Wild Horse Creek. She volunteered in Thailand for two years after college and returned to Wyoming after completing law school.
In 2006, she successfully ran for the Wyoming House of Representatives, where she served until this past January. She lost her seat to Jared Olsen (R-Cheyenne) in the 2016 election by 62 votes.
“Despite my best efforts there were limits to what I was able to accomplish as a legislator,” Throne said in a press release, referring to her efforts to address the boom-bust cycle in the House.
The Casper Star Tribune reported Sen. Chris Rothfuss of Laramie and Milward Simpson, director of the Wyoming Nature Conservancy, as other possible Democratic candidates for governor.