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By Shay Mahana

Barbuto seeks county commissioner seat


The critical point Sweetwater County is at pushed Rock Springs resident Joe Barbuto to seek election to the Sweetwater County commissioners’ office.

Barbuto, a Democrat, believes Sweetwater County is at a crossroads as its revenues and job opportunities decline. He said it is important for county leaders to start planning for the future, which is one of the main tasks he would like to tackle if elected.

Barbuto would also like to focus on creating opportunities as well as jobs for residents. According to Barbuto, community effort is a must for a functional county.

Barbuto would also seek more input from residents living Farson, Point of Rocks, Wamsutter and other smaller locations throughout the county. He believes residents from those areas are not typically included in decisions and wants to make sure they have their input considered as well.

Barbuto has a great deal of experience in creating and managing budgets, which is one reason he believes he would be the best candidate. He also believes in setting realistic goals and reaching them, standing up for public access to public lands and strategic planning.

Some of the biggest challenges he expects to face if elected are facing budget shortfalls, receiving feedback from other communities in the county and maintaining a good, steady budget.

“A budget is more than just numbers and line items, it’s a moral document that reflects the values of your community,” he said.


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