(Gillette, Wyo.) Gillette Mayor Louise Carter-King announced today she will seek another term in office.
“I’ve been proud to represent our community and would be proud to do it another four years,” she said.
Carter said her decision to run was influenced by the challenges she faced leading Gillette through tough economic times in 2016 and 2017, when the coal industry saw a rapid downturn.
During that time, she said, the city had to try to maintain services and the employee positions to support them, while at the same time balancing a budget in the face of dwindling revenues.
She said now that the local economy is improving, she’d like to see it through these more favorable circumstances.
“I was there for the downturn, and I want to be there for the recovery,” Carter-King said.
The incumbent added she appreciated how the citizens of Gillette came together during the downturn and “stayed the course” until conditions improved.
“I’m proud of this community,” she said.
Carter-King is the only woman to serve as mayor throughout Gillette’s history. Prior to winning the 2014 election for mayor, she had held a seat on the council in Ward 1 since 1991, with a hiatus from 2004 to 2008.
She is owner of Powder River Office Supply in downtown Gillette and has two grown children with her husband, Steve.
Carter-King is the first to announce her candidacy for the mayoral race. Filing dates for candidates in the local election are May 17 to June 1.
Primaries are Aug. 21, and the general election is Nov. 6.