the debate is on

Legislative candidates Ruth Ann Petroff and Len Carlman will debate on KHOL tonight and at Betty Rock on Oct. 20.

Tonight Jackson Hole Community Radio hosts the first in a series of “fireside chat” political debates, featuring Len Carlman and Ruth Ann Petroff, candidates for Wyoming House of Representatives. The savvy political strategist April Hankey and I will be moderating. The show runs from 7:30 to 8 p.m. at 89.1 FM and will be rebroadcast tomorrow from 3 to 3:30 p.m.

Got a question we ought to zing the candidates with? Leave it in the comments section below, or e-mail

The series continues on KHOL at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 with Wyoming Senate candidates Leland Christensen and Tom Frisbie and culminates with a forum Oct. 20 at Betty Rock. The “Political Pizza Party” will feature mayoral candidates Franz Camenzind and Mark Barron and the five candidates for Teton County commissioner. Len and Ruth Ann will be back for round two, and there will be music by Screen Door Porch and Pete Muldoon and Friends.

Len and Ruth Ann are vying to replace Pete Jorgensen, who has represented Jackson for eight years but won’t seek a fifth term. House District 16 comprises much of Jackson, downtown Wilson and the Highway 390 corridor to Teton Village. Among the issues the Wyoming Legislature deals with are taxation, education, energy production, economic incentives and wildlife management.

Len is a Democrat, an attorney, a longtime board member of the Snake River Fund and former director of the Jackson Hole Alliance for Responsible Planning (now the JH Conservation Alliance). Ruth Ann, a Republican, is the former owner of the Domino’s Pizza franchise and Hard Drive Cafe, and continues to operate her coffee roasting business, Snake River Roasting. Among the civic organizations she has been involved with are Jackson Hole Community Counseling Center and Teton Youth and Family Services.

Both are well known in the community. Should make for excellent dialogue.

Invite some friends over, and tune in tonight!


Posted under Democratic Party, Economy, Environment, Politics, Republican Party, Wyoming Legislature

6 Comments so far

  1. Brad October 6, 2010 1:59 pm

    I, personally, am looking forward to these debates, especially this one for Jorgensen’s old seat. It’s nice to know this will available without having to go to a Rotary or Chamber function. I love Ruth Ann to death, but she better be able to strip away the warm fuzzy and engage on the issues if she wants a chance against Len. Carlman is leaving no doubt where he stands on a number is issues, especially going after republicans. I’ll reserve final judgement for later, but I see this seat remaining in democratic hands.

  2. js October 7, 2010 2:14 pm

    Last night’s show with Len and Ruth Ann is posted on the KHOL Web site. Click here to listen:

    I made a gaffe: The Wyoming Legislature meets once a year; representatives are elected every two years.

    A couple of noteworthy points: Len and Ruth Ann agreed on much but disagreed on Wyoming’s approach to wolf management. Len heartily backed Rep. Keith Gingery’s proposed compromise in which wolves would be classified as trophy game outside the national parks and managed by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, while Ruth Ann backed the state’s current position classifying wolves as predators outside the parks, meaning they could be killed at any time by any means.

    Also, both candidates said it would be a waste of time and money to litigate against federal health care reform. The Legislature’s Joint Labor and Health Committee is considering a draft bill that would set aside $2 million in state funds to fight implementation of health care reform. It’s clear Len and Ruth Ann would vote against such a bill.

  3. April October 7, 2010 4:16 pm

    I had a great time last night: both candidates were knowledgeable and gracious, as we knew they would be. While the candidates seemed to agree with each other often, I would encourage voters to visit their respective websites because they do actually differ on quite a few issues. and

    Looking forward to next week!

  4. Sharon October 9, 2010 11:00 am

    I would like the candidates to be questioned regarding their positions on reproductive rights (e.g., a woman’s right to choose abortion).

  5. deez October 11, 2010 10:27 am

    Ruth Ann is awesome but the photo makes her look like Sarah Pailin! Ouch!

  6. joe October 17, 2010 7:33 am

    it seems most of the candidates of the dem. party, are going to re-jigger the gerrymander for the kingdom of Wilson,

    Gerrymandering is a form of boundary delimitation (redistricting) in which electoral district or constituency boundaries are deliberately modified for electoral purposes, thereby producing a contorted or unusual shape. The resulting district is known as a gerrymander;

    minority pols. have never been able to override majority districting. they must think that their supporters are complete idiots, or possibly planning self- immobilization on the capitol steppes(cheyenne, for those who don’t know where our capitol is). maybe lenny can ride his bike at the same time. bizarre

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