A former councilperson who co-chaired the Keep Casper Smoke Free referendum committee is running for a vacant Ward I Casper City Council seat this November.

Kimberly Holloway left council after one term to run for state senate in 2012 and has been active with the Democratic Party in Wyoming “for many years.” She says she possesses the right experience to return to the elected body.

“I was there when the current city manager left and was part of hiring the current city manager, I love this city and want to make it better, and I understand the balance of fiscal responsibility and limited constitutional government,” Holloway said.

Keep Casper Smoke Free has taken the city of Casper to court in an attempt to force city officials to recount referendum signatures after Casper City Council partially repealed a controversial city-wide public indoor smoking ban last year. Holloway says, though she still favors the ban, she’s not running strictly on the smoking ban issue.

“(The lawsuit) is still in limbo – it’s in the judge’s hands as to what happens next,” Holloway said. “But that’s not what I’m running on. My primary focus is to bring a diverse voice to city council.”

Holloway is running against former Casper Area Chamber of Commerce director Robin Mundell. Local karate studio owner Gabriel Phillips is also running for the vacant seat.

Current Ward I councilman Keith Goodenough is running for a seat on the Natrona County Commission as an independent this November.