Councilmember announces bid for Gillette mayor in 2022 election

Nathan McLeland presides over a special council meeting on Jan. 6 during his temporary role as Gillette mayor to discuss the appointment of a permanent Mayor of the City of Gillette. (Ryan Lewallen/County 17)

GILLETTE, Wyo.— City Councilmember Nathan McLeland on Monday announced his intention to run for Gillette mayor in the upcoming election.

Ward Three Councilmember Nathan McLeland (City of Gillette)

“Our community requires steady and experienced leadership in the coming years,” McLeland wrote in his April 18 announcement. “I am prepared to shoulder the challenges and embrace the opportunities presented to Gillette by being the same fiscally conservative and transparent councilmember my record has shown.”

McLeland joined the Gillette City Council in 2019 after he was appointed to fill a vacant council seat left behind by the resignation of former city councilmember Robin Kuntz in 2018.

He was reelected to his seat during the 2020 elections and rose to the position of council president and eventually interim Gillette mayor after former mayor Louise Carter-King resigned amid controversy in 2022.

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McLeland returned to councilmember status after a motion to appoint him permanent mayor failed, with the council ultimately voting to appoint Eric Hanson as Gillette’s mayor earlier this year.

“My record shows I recognize the need to balance prudent investment in projects which make our community exceptional, while routinely holding funds back for rainy days,” McLeland wrote.

In his announcement, McLeland vowed to continue supporting ongoing efforts by the city to be open and transparent with the public.

“Gillette is an amazing community that I am proud to call home,” he wrote. “Through sheer determination and a can-do attitude, Gillette has become the envy of Wyoming and the surrounding area. I will dedicate my energy continuing to move Gillette forward.”