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Cheyenne Attorney Boyd Wiggam said Thursday if he is elected to the Laramie County Commission, he will focus on helping the county deal with continued growth and making sure county government's core functions are the priority.

Wiggam, who is a Republican, said he thinks Laramie County may surpass 100,000 in population in the next census in 2020. He said that population threshold will bring some opportunities, but will also "put some pressure on growth and development. I spent two years in graduate school putting my money where my mouth was, putting some skin in the game, to learn how to prepare for growth."

He went on to say that while he thinks the current county commission 'has some really good people, some thoughtful people some sharp people, I think I have something to offer." Wiggam, who formerly worked for the Wyoming Liberty Group, said he that while he generally favors small government, the government still needs to be big enough to manage its core functions. He said those functions include such things as health, safety, welfare and protecting private property.

Wiggam said for a county government the focus needs to be on such things as managing rural roadways and having enough sheriff's deputies "to provide the level of emergency and safety services that we expect of our county."

He also pointed out the fact that Laramie County is larger than some states on the eastern seaboard, making those duties more difficult.

As an example of a high priority item, Wiggam cited the need for adequate law enforcement in eastern Laramie County. He said things like aesthetic regulation, that might come into play in a more urban environment, are less of a priority for county government.

Wiggam is a third-generation Laramie County resident. He studied Community and Regional Planning with an emphasis on Economic Development Planning in graduate school at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He earned a law degree from the College of William and Mary in 2005.

He is currently an attorney in private practice in Cheyenne.