(Lander, Wyo.) – Lander City Councilman Dan Hahn has announced that he will run for mayor in this year’s election. The 56-year-old Wyoming Department of Transportation employee has served two and half terms, nine and half years, on the city council.
Four years ago, Hahn launched a mayoral campaign against incumbent, and now out-going mayor, Mick Wolfe. Hahn lost the election by 280 votes. After that election he said he’d run again in the future.
“I’m doing exactly what I said I was going to,” he said.
Hahn said the biggest asset he brings to the plate is the last 10-12 years of being involved in city government and keeping tabs on what things were going on. He said during a two-year hiatus between his mayoral race and returning to the council he learned a lot and wasn’t always pleased with what he saw happening at city hall.
But currently, Hahn likes the make-up of the city council. “I feel really good about our council,” he said. He said he likes the direction the city is headed but acknowledged that times won’t be easy with the debt being incurred for major infrastructure projects.
Hahn describes his current role on the city council as that of a listener and a team player. “I don’t say a whole lot,” he said. “I don’t have to talk just to talk.”
While there are a number of changes Hahn said he’d like to see happen, he declined to discuss specifics in the interview. He did say that he believes the city could function more efficiently and that he’d like to provide more educational opportunities for city employees.
California-born, Hahn has been in Fremont County since 1977. He has a wife Janelle, who he thanks for giving him the time to serve in government, and has two adult children Josh and Missy. Hahn is a Maintenance Specialist 1 with WyDOT and also serves on the Lander Volunteer Fire Department.
With Wolfe not seeking re-election, Hahn is the second person to step forward in the race. Former State Representative and former Lander Mayor Del McComie has also announced his candidacy.