Two announce for H.D. 5 seat

GOSHEN COUNTY – Two more Goshen County residents have thrown their hats in the ring for the Wyoming House of Representatives Dist. 5 seat currently held by Rep. Cheri Steinmetz.

Ruth Van Mark and Roseanna Davison both made their intentions to run public Friday during a regular monthly luncheon meeting of the Goshen County Republican Women at Deacon’s Restaurant in Torrington. Steinmetz (R-Lingle) last month announced her plans to make a bid for the Wyoming Senate seat currently held by Curt Meier (R-LaGrange), who also announced last month his intentions to seek the office of Wyoming State Treasurer.

Van Mark is the daughter of three-term Representative Jack Van Mark, who served in the Wyoming House in the 1960s. Traveling with her father to Cheyenne is one of her strongest, early memories, Ruth Van Mark said.

“I remember distinctly going to Cheyenne, getting to visit my dad in his office,” she said. “I want to continue that tradition of excellent representation.” 

Van Mark, co-owner of Van Mark Farms, Inc., south of Torrington, graduated from Bethel College in St. Paul, Minn., with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Political Science and from George Mason University (Fairfax, VA) with a Masters Degree in Public Administration. She worked for 30 years on Capitol Hill as a congressional staffer and retired as Republican Staff Director for the Senate Subcommittee on Environment and Public Works.

Davison will be retiring at the end of the current school year after some 30 years teaching. She taught reading at Ft. Laramie Middle School and currently teaches second grade at Guernsey-Sunrise Elementary School in Guernsey, where she’s taught for 30 years, according to a biography presented during the meeting.

“I was Cheri’s (Steinmetz) teacher in Ft Laramie,” Davison said. “I too would like to follow in her footsteps.

“I know what work it takes,” she said. “There are many reasons to work together. I’m very much a conservative Republican.” 

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