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Val Burgess withdraws bid for open City Council seat

SHERIDAN — Sheridan resident Val Burgess has withdrawn her bid for an open City Council seat that will be filled Monday.

Jesus Rios, vice president for business development at Ptolemy Data Systems, and Thayer Shafer, who currently serves on the city Planning Commission, are the remaining two candidates.

The seat was vacated when former Ward 3 Councilor Levi Dominguez resigned to pursue a position with the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office. It was opened to at-large candidates on March 3 following a Feb. 18 vote by the Council to eliminate the city’s ward system and change to at-large representation.

Burgess said she wrote to city Clerk Scott Badley on Saturday to withdraw her bid for the seat. The decision came following a conversation with her son.

“I was talking to my son, and he said, ‘Mom, is this really what you want to do?’” Burgess said. “I wanted to do it for the right reasons, and I wasn’t sure I was.”

Burgess said her son suggested she ask herself six questions to determine her reasons for running, which he based on an evaluation exercise his business had just completed.

“I decided I needed to step back a little bit,” Burgess said. “It doesn’t mean I won’t run for political office, just not for this appointment.”

Mayor Dave Kinskey and the remaining five city councilors will conduct interviews and vote on who will fill the City Council seat at 7 p.m. Monday in the Council chambers on the third floor at City Hall.

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Hannah Wiest is the government and outdoors reporter for The Sheridan Press. She has lived in Colorado and Montana but loves her sunny home state of Wyoming best. She joined The Press staff in February 2013.

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