Trauner to run for U.S. Senate

December 8, 2017

Declaring that “D.C. is broken,” Wilson resident Gary Trauner, 58, will challenge John Barrasso in the U.S. Senate race in 2018.

This morning, Trauner launched a YouTube video and a Facebook page, put up his TraunerForWy.com website and sent a resignation letter to the Jackson Hole Lacrosse Club, where he has been serving as executive director for two years.

“I think it’s pretty clear that for most people the system’s rigged,” Trauner said in a telephone interview with the News&Guide. “D.C. is broken and regular people aren’t getting ahead.”

Although he’d be only one vote, Trauner said, his vision is bigger than just getting elected: It’s fixing a bipartisan system and getting big money out of politics.

“It’s sort of the elephant in the room or the elephant in the country, and we don’t really acknowledge it or work toward trying to fix it,” Trauner said. “It’s pretty clear we have people who put their party ahead of country.”

Of course, Trauner has to work within the two-party system to gain his seat. He’ll be running as a Democrat, as he did twice in unsuccessful U.S. House of Representatives bids in 2006 and 2008, losing to Barbara Cubin and then Cynthia Lummis.

Before taking up the lacrosse stick in December 2015, Trauner worked as chief operating officer of St. John’s Medical Center.

Trauner said he was saddened to submit his resignation letter to the Lacrosse Club today, effective Dec. 31.

“I loved working with the kids,” Trauner said. “The only thing really that could make me leave would be a higher calling to serve.

“There’s a lot of work to be done, and we’ll take it one step at a time if I’m lucky enough to be successful.”

After his digital launch today, Trauner plans to spend the holidays with his family and then hit the road, shaking hands and spreading his message across Wyoming.