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Voters meet the candidates at ‘Politics in the Park’

Published: Aug. 11, 2020 at 12:08 AM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Natrona County residents got to meet candidates for state and local offices Monday at “Politics in the Park.”

The weekly event at Casper’s Washington Park is co-hosted by the Natrona County Republican Party and Natrona County Republican Women. Candidates set up booths where people can come and chat with them about their platforms and other topics.

“You can actually go up, meet them, ask them the questions that are important to their families, to their businesses. It’s just been huge,” Natrona County Republican Women president Kimberly Walker said.

She said “Politics in the Park” started this year as a replacement for Natrona County Republican Women’s luncheon candidate forums. Since then, it’s turned into more than a substitute. It’s given voters new ways to take part in our democracy.

“Participation. And that’s what I think democracy right now needs is everybody’s participation as much as possible,” said voter David Ellis.

Walker said it gives voters a chance to get their voices heard.

“You’ve got to get out here,” she said. “You’ve got to stand up. You can complain all you want about what’s going on and about things you don’t like but if you don’t like it you’ve got to get out here and talk to these candidates.”

The last “Politics in the Park” is Aug. 17. It begins at 4:30 p.m. Casper City Council Ward I candidates will participate in a forum.

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