Two of Teton County’s legislators will be seeking reelection.
In November, Rep. Andy Schwartz and Rep. Mike Yin will both make bids for their seats in the Wyoming House of Representatives. Schwartz was first elected in 2014. Yin was first elected in 2018. Both are Democrats.
Both acknowledged the realities of campaigning during a pandemic.
Schwartz argued in a press release that now, as the state faces a widespread health crisis and stagnating economy, is the time to talk about politics. In his mind, doing so is about supporting people, businesses and local governments.
Legislators are working to prepare bills for a special session that could, in part, focus on setting up a special fund for CARES Act funding and begin to distribute that money to local governments and hospitals.
“Working in Cheyenne, for the residents of Teton County, has been one of the most gratifying and challenging endeavors of my life,” Schwartz wrote in the release. “The challenges will be even greater in the next two years.”
Yin echoed Schwartz’s sentiment.
“Wyoming, like the rest of the country, is going through a pandemic, but it is also coupled with a crisis of what the future of Wyoming will look like,” he wrote in a Facebook post. “We need to make sure that we have our voices heard to determine that future.”
Schwartz has served three two-year terms in the legislature. Before that, he was a member of the Teton County Board of County Commissioners for 12 years and owned a family retail business on Town Square.
Yin, a software developer turned politician, was first elected during the 2018 midterm cycle.