Teton County will have a local in the race for Wyoming’s open U.S. Senate seat.
Democrat Nathan Wendt, vice president of the Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs, is running for Sen. Mike Enzi’s seat. After serving for 23 years, Enzi will retire in January.
Wyoming needs a post-pandemic roadmap so “we can feel that we’re moving towards a brighter future,” Wendt, who will compete with five other candidates in the primary, told the Jackson Hole Daily.
“That’s the sort of candidate I intend to be,” he said. “I intend to bring new ideas, bring new vision and build upon some of our traditional strengths.”
Chief among those is energy. Wendt supports investing in wind energy and coal, the latter through carbon capture research. In that area, as in others, his platform pulls ideas from the left and the right.
Wendt supports “Medicare for all, if you want it,” a position similar to one championed by former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. But reducing the federal budget deficit, a longstanding conservative ideal, is also part of his plan.
“I’m not a traditional Democrat,” he said.
Sen. Gale W. McGee was Wyoming’s last Democratic senator. He left office in 1977.
Read more about Wendt’s candidacy in Wednesday’s Jackson Hole News&Guide.