Keaton West Announces Candidacy for Sweetwater County Commission

FRESHWATER COUNTY –Republican Keaton D. West has announced he will seek a term on the Sweetwater County Commission this fall.

In a statement released Monday afternoon, West said:

“I would be remiss if I did not mention first that it was an absolute honor to serve the constituents of Ward IV and I will be forever grateful for the opportunity and time I had on the Rock Springs City Council. The city is blessed with top-notch employees who have made the experience that much better during some of the most economically impacted years the city has ever seen. Although not all of the goals could be achieved, I still feel proud to have achieved most of them.

Just four years ago, I campaigned for better audiovisuals in the boardroom for a better informed public; vocal and transparent government; fiscally responsible budgeting; the continued progress and support of the Sweetwater Economic Development Coalition; advanced beautification efforts for our city’s gateways; stricter enforcement of nuisances; and give everyone’s kidneys a break by layering Edgar Street. I can’t take credit for the latter, but it sure is a smoother ride on my way home every night.

All of these promises have been kept, and while the gateways are not where we would like them to be, we have at least secured a grant through WYDOT and in partnership with Travel and Tourism for a gateway development plan that will enable an out-of-the-box implementation when future funding becomes available. Other Ward IV projects include new sidewalks throughout Garnet Park, installation of irrigation infrastructure under and through the on-ramp at Exit 107 for current and future beautification efforts, the cleaning up the liberated alleys by removing weeds and debris, and the successful destruction of a few drug houses thanks to the work of the RSPD.

Funding has also been requested and secured for the replacement of concrete on the golf course, which will include the replacement of cart paths on the Sands and Desert courses if future administrations proceed with the plan. Concrete around the clubhouse is expected to take place this fall. The 2nd Street/James Drive sidewalk improvement project will also be completed this fall. An ongoing project for many years, but a great improvement for the neighborhood.

As the governing body, we were able to obtain grants for Phase I of the Bitter Creek Flood Mitigation and Restoration Project, as well as Phase I funds for the First Security Bank Renovation Project. The battle for funding will continue to be uphill, but even in times of difficult economic constraints, much can still be achieved. I am confident that these foundations can be built and I wish the city and the board good luck as they continue on the path to success. “

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West says he has a lot to learn about the county commission seat, “but I’m driven and determined to make it happen.”

“The county is blessed with hard-working individuals in a variety of fields,” West said. “Let’s help them prosper so that together we can pave the way for future generations.”

West is currently Vice President of Sales and Service at Vaughn’s Plumbing & Heating Co. He was born and raised in Sweetwater County and has lived here for 34 years, excluding his years at the University of Wyoming .

He comes from a family that is committed to giving back to his community and county, and he hopes to carry on the legacy. He is married to his wife Dana and together they feel blessed to raise their 2-year-old son, Kashtyn.

In addition to serving on the Rock Springs City Council, Keaton has served on the SEDC Board of Directors, the Rock Springs Planning and Zoning Commission, the Sweetwater County Parks and Recreation Board, and the of the Rock Springs Chamber of Commerce.

He graduated from Rock Springs High School, as well as an Associate of Science degree from Western Wyoming Community College and a BAS in Organizational Leadership from the University of Wyoming.

Aurora J. William