Jun 2, 2016

Local building contractor running for county commission

A long-time Park County building contractor is making a bid for the county commission.

“I just think it’s time for some new blood in there,” John Marsh said of his decision to run. “I know it’s a tough, thankless job.”

John Marsh
Marsh has been a licensed contractor in the City of Cody since the late 1980s. He lived there for decades, spent the last 12 years in Powell and is currently in the process of relocating to Meeteetse.

“I’ve kind of lived everywhere in the county now, and I think I have a pretty good feel of what people are kind of about around here,” the Republican said.

Marsh says he is not a politician, but a contractor who does his business with a handshake.

“I have my whole life, being a Wyoming native. And I’d like to get a little more back to that,” he said, saying things in government sometimes seem unnecessarily formal.

Marsh feels strongly that commissioners should be limited to one or two terms in office. The not quite 59-year-old said he would hold himself to that limit if he was elected.

“A guy gets stale if he’s in there too long,” and with unlimited terms, “I think that could possibly lead to the ‘good ole boy politics’ deal,” said Marsh. He also supports term limits for other offices, like Congress.

Marsh thinks the county government needs more transparency, citing the number of closed-door meetings that commissioners hold.

“I just think they go in executive session an awful lot and we never hear the outcome of what was going on,” he said.

Marsh worked as a maintenance technician in Park County’s Buildings and Grounds Department from March 2011 to April 2015. Marsh said he supplied a contractor’s license to the county, doing work that included drawing plans and dealing with Cody building officials.

“I just think they go in executive session an awful lot and we never hear the outcome of what was going on,” he said.

Marsh — who owns a business called Cabin Creek Quality Builders — went back to being self-employed after his time at the county was over.

Marsh says he’s not anti-wolf, but he believes both they and grizzly bears need better management.

“I love grizzlies and wolves, but I think we should be able to hunt them, for sure,” he said.

Marsh also offered that he disagrees with the county’s 2005 acquisition of the Park County Complex in Cody, calling it a “bad decision.”

“I think it’s a financial drain on the county and I don’t think we’re geting much bang for our buck on that” Marsh said of the building, though he added that he doesn’t think there’s any going back now.

Marsh said he won’t be accepting any donations for his campaign. People with any questions can reach him at 307-868-2123 during evening hours.

He said he doesn’t have any axes to grind with the commission.

Marsh is one of six Republicans running for two available seats on the Park County Commission. They’ll face off in the Aug. 16 primary election.


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