Wyoming-raised with deep Cheyenne roots, Marian Orr has dedicated her time and service to making the community a better place to live, work, and play. Even before she had children of her own, she volunteered her time to coach Cheyenne youth soccer. As a young parent, she worked with her neighbors and city officials to turn an undeveloped and unsightly piece of land into what is now a park and playground that continues to be enjoyed by families from across Cheyenne.
Later, Marian served on the program evaluation team for United Way, where she learned of — not only — the great needs within the community, but the network of services provided to Cheyenne’s most vulnerable populations. Today, she is a Board of Trustee at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, committed to making CRMC a better experience for both patients and providers.
As a lobbyist, Marian has represented a wide variety of interests from our libraries, our medical community, mental health community, and defending our hunting and fishing opportunities – to name a few. She knows how to fight for what is right, and knows the art of disagreeing without being disagreeable.
Strong Wyoming Roots
Marian’s great-grandparents founded Kassis Department Store in the 1920’s in what is now, unfortunately, a condemned cornerstone in downtown Cheyenne (formerly the Z’s building). Her grandparents later opened a Casper location, and that is where Marian learned the importance of being a solid and reliable downtown business owner and community supporter.
She grew up working after school and weekends in the family store before attending and graduating from the University of Wyoming. She learned the importance of customer service, and never judging a book by its cover. Shortly after graduation, she moved to Cheyenne and started her own lobbying/political consulting firm, working primarily from home to raise two children.
Her daughter, Katie Schulz attends the University of Wyoming and her son Jack is a junior at Cheyenne Central HS.
In 2014, she married Cheyenne native Jimmy Orr, a journalist and longtime political veteran, who worked for Wyoming Governor Jim Geringer, U.S. Senators Malcolm Wallop and Alan K. Simpson. He went on to work as a White House spokesman and directed digital strategy for President George W. Bush and for California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Jimmy most recently worked as the Managing Editor, Digital, at the Los Angeles Times and launched a digital startup with longtime ESPN personality Woody Paige and Denver broadcast legend Les Shapiro.
Moving Cheyenne Forward
Marian believes Cheyenne is at an important and exciting crossroad, and the community must proceed into the future with eyes on fiscally responsible and well-planned growth. She believes our downtown is heading in the right direction by attracting new businesses and amenities vital to the heart of the community. She believes it is past time to devote attention and conversation to making South Cheyenne great.
If Marian becomes mayor, she will work with the South Cheyenne community and businesses to ensure smart growth and planning including recruitment of better access to direct medical care, entertainment, and recreational opportunities. Marian applauds the work being done to enhance east Cheyenne in the Saddle Ridge development as well as current and future development of Cheyenne’s West-Edge. These developments are critical to completing the circle that will make Cheyenne whole.
Marian’s Pledge to You
If elected mayor, Marian pledges a true open-door policy. She will be responsive and respectful. She believes the office of mayor doesn’t reside within the City Building alone, but within the community at-large. She will hold regularly scheduled town hall meetings throughout Cheyenne, going to you and your neighbors rather than waiting for you to come to her.
Marian will work directly with the business community and building community to ensure the least amount of restrictive red-tape while protecting the health and safety of Cheyenne citizens. And in these times of economic downturn and fiscal uncertainty, Marian pledges sound prioritization; placing Cheyenne’s needs before its wants, and together, determining what Cheyenne wants to be.