Powell Tribune: Cody business owner runs for Senate

After mulling it over for the past few years, Landon Greer decided it’s the right time to run for the Wyoming Legislature. On Monday, the Cody business owner and former city councilman announced he’s seeking to represent Senate District 18.

“I’m concerned with all of the vitriol and kind of the divisiveness, especially between Republicans,” Greer said in an interview. “And I feel like I have a skill set that can be a conservative voice, but be civil and respectful and willing to have conversations with people that I don’t agree with, and try to work through those issues in a civil and respectful way.”

Greer, who served on the Cody council from 2013 to 2020, will face off with incumbent Sen. Tim French (R-Powell) in August’s primary election — along with any other Republican candidates who enter the race. The district includes Cody, the North and South forks (including Wapiti), Sunlight/Crandall, Clark and Ralston.

A Wyoming native and Cody High School graduate, Greer has worked at Quality Asphalt Paving since his father founded it in 1998. Greer and his wife now own the company.

As a husband and father of eight children, Greer said he understands “the importance of creating opportunities for families and future generations.”

Whether it’s by rolling back regulations or creating incentives, Wyoming needs to help businesses start and grow “to keep our young people here, and give them opportunities to stay in the state and quit exporting them to other places,” he said.

After completing the Wyoming Academy last year — a leadership program facilitated in part by the Wyoming Business Council — Greer came away believing there are a lot of solutions.

Those involved in economic development at the state and local levels “are looking for partners in the Legislature to help them bring forth the tools that they need to be successful,” Greer said. He’s willing to help, he said, “as long as they’re logical solutions that aren’t wasting money, or even necessarily needing a lot of money.”

Like many lawmakers and candidates, Greer specifically mentioned property taxes as a concern. He isn’t pushing any specific proposal, but suggested solutions can be hashed out in some form of working group, whether within the Legislature or elsewhere.

As for his pro-life stance, Greer said he supports much of the Legislature’s recent work to prohibit and limit access to abortions. However, with those laws currently tied up in litigation, he’d prefer to take a “wait and see” approach before passing more legislation.

“Let’s get through what we’ve got and if … we’ve got to fix that stuff, then let’s fix it and make it constitutional,” he said.

Greer added that he doesn’t want to be a lawmaker who simply votes on bills “to get headlines.”

“I want the stuff to make sense, to be logical, fact-based, less emotional, and, more than anything, constitutional,” he said.

In-line with his comments about civility, Greer said he won’t be slinging mud at French or any other candidates who enter the race.

“I’m just gonna focus on what I’m doing,” he said, “and try to put forward the best campaign I can to show the people at Park County that I’m the best choice for this position.”

The filing period for partisan and municipal offices in the state opens Thursday and continues through May 31.