County Commissioners Candidate Spotlight – Pat Stuart
Written by Andrew-Rossi on May 14, 2018
This Thursday marks the opening day for filing for candidacy for the upcoming elections in Park County.
Anna Sapp in the County Elections Office says that the filing period will run from May 17th through June 1st, and there are almost three dozen positions that will be open for residents to file. This week, KODI News will be shining a spotlight on the individuals who have already declared their intention to run for the three open County Commissioner seats.
Pat Stuart is a Republican who spent her entire childhood in both Powell and Cody, but in college made a decision that would completely change the course of her life – she decided she wanted to join the CIA.
Stuart says when she retired from the CIA after thirty years and a highly decorated dossier which included tours of duty in Africa, Europe and the Arab world, multiple field management jobs and awards, it became important to her to return to her roots and influence future leaders here in Wyoming.
As an author of five books, a Humanities Road Scholar and a horse breeder, Stuart has also dedicated her retirement to public service. Stuart has been Public Policy Chair for the Wyoming American Association of University Women; and spent 6 years on the Park County Library Board, during which the current Public Library was funded and constructed.
Stuart says she brings an out-of-the-box thinking pattern to the table – the kind that allowed her, as a Wyoming woman, to thrive in the world of espionage and survive in tough situations, such as being the CIA’s Chief of Station in a stay-behind situation during the first Gulf War.
Stuart says that she admires the current commissioners and respects the decisions they have made, but says most of them lack the breadth of experience she has had, which gives her a unique perspective.