Race Narrows to Three Candidates for Open Commission Seat
The hunt to fill the vacant Campbell County Commission seat is winding down.
At a public meeting yesterday evening in the Gillette City Hall Council Chambers, three candidates out of eight entries were chosen by the Campbell County Republican Committee to move forward in the selection process to fill the vacant commission seat.
Colleen Faber, Troy McKeown, and Jeff Raney remain under consideration to fill former County Commissioner Mark Christensen’s seat following his resignation Jan. 6.
Faber has lived in Gillette since 2004. She worked in an environmental role in the oil and gas industry until her Dec. 2019 retirement from Occidental Petroleum. She has been a registered Republican since 1986 and joined the ranks of the Campbell County Republican Women last year.
McKeown served as a private in the U.S. Army and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel with 27 years of service and numerous awards under his belt. Upon retirement, he purchased Don’s Supermarket in 2008 and later reopened the Don’s Supermarket store in Wright.
Raney previously served in the U.S. Army as an infantryman from 1982 to 1994. He has owned TAG Sales in Gillette since 2000. He has been a precinct committeeman since Jan. 2007.
When the Republican committee issued a call for applicants on Jan. 14., eight local Republicans, Claude Dower, Doug Griffis, Tony Merchen, Robert Palmer, Martin Phillips, Faber, McKeown, and Raney applied to fill the seat before the Jan. 21 deadline.
Once the committee officially provides the Board of Commissioners with the names of their top three applicants, the board will have 20 days to make their final selection between Faber, McKeown, or Raney. The newly appointed commissioner will serve through the end of Christensen’s term, which ends Dec. 31.
Christensen stepped down from the commission earlier this month, citing a desire to focus his priorities on his family and business. He is the CEO of MC Aegis, LLC, the parent company of Infinity Builders, LLC, and Outliers Creative, LLC, publishers of County 17.