By Sarah Pridgeon
Tyler Lindholm has announced that he will run for the House District #1 seat from which Representative Mark Semlek will retire at the end of the year. Should he be elected, Lindholm hopes to hear concerns and ideas from as many community members as possible and continue Semlek’s good work.
“I’ve decided to run for the House District spot because I believe that I’m the most qualified and representative person for this job,” he says.
“Crook and Weston County are largely comprised of energy sector employees and agriculture, and that’s exactly where I come from. I work in the energy sector now for a power cooperative that burns a heck of a lot of coal to make a heck of a lot of electricity.”
Lindholm also works alongside his family on their multi-generational ranch. He says that state and federal regulations have affected his operations just as they have for his friends and the community.
“I believe that I’m very representative of the constituents in this area,” he nods.
His background would also contribute to his success in the role, he says, describing a career that has included a range of leadership positions that have tried his skills and tested him as a person.
“I was in the U.S. Navy from 2001 to 2006, during which I served in a leadership role in a helicopter squadron,” he explains.
“Moving on past that, I’m a Lead Journeyman Electrician for Basin Electric Power Cooperative and I’m also the Chairman of the Crook County Republican Party. Those leadership situations have really pushed me to develop who I am.”
Lindholm is also the youngest member of the Wyoming Republican Party Executive Committee, a volunteer fire fighter for Crook County with RED card certification and Vice President of the Jackpot Ranch Corporation. He has been a volunteer at St. Baldricks for six years, an organization that funds childhood cancer research.
Lindholm believes that there are many issues of concern facing Crook and Weston Counties at present, all of which need to be looked at and handled immediately.
“As far as policies are concerned, I’m a big fan of natural law and most of my decisions will be based off that premise,” he continues.
“What that actually means to a Republican is basically along the lines of the way our Constitution was written for self-governance.”
The most pressing current issue for small communities like those of Crook and Weston is, he believes, the state’s efforts to close landfills.
“I think we need to have somebody knocking on the door of our DEQ down in Cheyenne and working with those folks to not only get them to work with these small communities, especially our small communities, but figure out how we can get their foot off our throats and handle this in a way that’s beneficial for us and for the state,” he says.
Another issue, and also a pet project for Lindholm, is water rights in the State of Wyoming.
“We’ve got some of the best water rights within the nation and a lot of that is thanks to Representative Mark Semlek, who’s retiring after this year, and his efforts with the State Engineer’s Office,” he says.
“I would like to continue on with what Mark started in that role.”
Lindholm would also like to see food freedom improved in this region – something he says is a liberty issue.
“A lot of agricultural people – ranchers and farmers – can definitely see how having value added products from their ranching or farming operation could help their income and their operation’s bottom line,” he says.
“Currently, in the State of Wyoming, you cannot purchase raw milk from anybody at all – you have to have milk that’s pasteurized. I believe that’s a freedom and liberty issue, and liberty is the reason I got involved in the first place.”
Food freedom and the ability to consume value added products from a ranch or farm is something that Lindholm would strive to make a possibility within the State of Wyoming and for Crook and Weston Counties, he says.
His motivation for running is connected to his belief that he is representative of the voters within Crook and Weston Counties.
“I work with these people, I live with these people, my children go to school with their children and I think that makes me uniquely qualified to represent these people,” he explains.
At the same time, though he thinks the State of Wyoming is “obviously the best in the nation,” he is concerned that state government has started down a track of expansion.
“Our state government keeps growing and growing and I would like to try to put a stop to that,” Lindholm says.
“I would like to try to slow down the state government’s expansion so that we don’t end up like other states, like Colorado and Montana, where they’ve really got a lot of money being spent, in my opinion, in a wasteful manner. I would like to curb that.”
Lindholm encourages any member of the community with questions or concerns to contact him.
“I would love to discuss the issues with as many people as possible until I can actually meet them,” he says.
“Contact me any evening and I will be available to talk with anybody. I really like to talk with people about what they’re concerned about.”
Lindholm can be contacted by telephone at 307-282-0968 or via email at [email protected]. He has also created a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Tyler4HD1 where, if elected, he has pledged to post all votes made in the Legislature along with an explanation for his decision, as a way to engage and inform the community.