Edwards’ Replacement Picked

House District 53 candidates for the vacancy created by the death of Roy Edwards before the Campbell County Commission meeting on Nov. 23, 2020 (GPA TV).
House District 53 candidates for the vacancy created by the death of Roy Edwards before the Campbell County Commission meeting on Nov. 23, 2020 (GPA TV).

After three hours of interviews and discussion, Campbell County Commissioners unanimously selected Chris Knapp to replace former Representative Roy Edwards in the Wyoming House of Representatives.

Edwards passed away on Nov. 2, one day before the general election, creating a vacancy in the office (County 17, Nov. 2). Edwards had defeated his primary challenger and was unopposed in the general election. Edwards easily won reelection in the Nov. 3 general election (County 17, Nov. 4).

Republicans had received eight applications, including Chris Knapp, Tom Murphy, Thomas Rothenbuehler, Nichole Shelstad, Joshua Dillinger, Joel Marquiss, Terry Sjolin, and Kimberly Zehner (County 17, Nov. 18).

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The Campbell County Republican Central Committee advanced three names to the commissioners at their meeting last Thursday. Those advanced by the party for consideration by commissioners were Joshua Dillinger, Chris Knapp and Terry Sjolin (County 17, Nov. 20). Commissioners interviewed all three today.

Knapp is a fifth-generation Campbell County resident who has served on or been a liaison to over 15 boards in the community. He has also served with delegations sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) overseas to South Korea and Japan. Knapp served as a Campbell County Commissioner for three terms from 2000 to 2012. He is a University of Wyoming graduate and is the director of operations and member of Rocky Mountain Business Equipment, LLC and president of Vista Leasing Co.

During their comments, commissioners expressed gratitude for receiving such quality candidates and encouraged all three to continue their involvement. In the end, however, commissioners favored Knapp’s past experience.