Cheyenne Mayor-Elect Marian Orr appeared on CBS News Channel 5 the morning following her historic election as Cheyenne’s first female mayor.
Anchor: It was a historic night for Cheyenne as unofficial results show that Marian Orr will be Cheyenne’s next mayor.
Orr will be the first-ever female mayor in Cheyenne. The campaign is officially over now and Marian is expected to have won by 56 percent of the vote and after many celebrations last night, Marian Orr has gotten up early this morning to be with us.
Thank you Marian so much for being with us. I know you were out pretty late last night celebrating the big win but we’re excited that you could come and share with us what your plans are now after the campaign.
Marian Orr: Thank you and, yes, last night was great. Fortunately we weren’t out too late but we were definitely messaging the new city council members. I’m looking forward to meeting with them and I really appreciate being here this morning.
Anchor: We’ve said it before. Marian Orr is the first female mayor elected in Cheyenne. So we want to know, looking ahead after the campaign what is next Day One for you?
Marian Orr: Well actually Day One is going to start in probably a week or two. I really want to hit the ground running in January when I actually take office. Mayor Rick Kaysen has been very gracious to offer space within his current administration actually very close to his office so I can start really as soon as I want to transition into the position.
One of the things that I’m going to pay particular attention to is the FAST Committee that he and the department heads have established to come up with ways to streamline and to look at possible ways to trim city government and the budget.
Anchor: And looking ahead toward Day One, what do you think is the number one priority for you going into office?
Marian Orr: Number one priority is definitely going to be communication and that’s communication with City Council Members and building that rapport. Really have good dialogue as far as their expectations what they’d like to see in this new administration for them and certainly working with the department heads and the city employees and really just building those relationships.
Anchor: I want to talk to you about your campaign. You hit the ground running with campaigning on social media, going door-to-door, you were giving out Orr-eos on Halloween. How would you say this helped your campaign?
Marian Orr: Social media played a very large role. I want into this campaign with zero name recognition. Through social media, Facebook was able to explode if you will over the Internet. And it got to be where I want from an unknown to where people recognized me in grocery stores. “Oh yeah, I’ve seen you on Facebook.”
And with that I was able to carry through a message and that message really was that I believe was listening to the people. Coffee and conversations. There was that one-on-one interface. And then that door-to-door was really great. And I will say that Cheyenne is definitely a dog community.
Anchor: Let’s talk about what you’ll be doing in office. You say that your platform is needs before wants and what does that mean for Cheyenne moving forward.
Marian Orr: We are very fortunate in Cheyenne in that we have great resources available to us and what I mean by that is we have infrastructure in place but it needs to be taken care of. More often than not. Potholes are not glamorous but we all are really tired of them.
I really heard from people that we really need to take care of our streets, our infrastructure, and we need to put more police on the streets. Our community is growing. We have 6,000 new residents than 2010 but we have fewer police officers and that’s a real concern for people.
Anchor: The seventh penny tax. We all know that you didn’t support that. And that did fail. You are looking for more economic development. How are you going to do that and how will that the local economy.
Marian Orr: I believe we can grow the local economy without raising taxes. And what that means is capitalizing on what we have here. Tourism is the number two economic driver we have here in the state.
With Cheyenne and with our rail history we have the opportunity to expand tourism from just beyond those ten days in July with Frontier Days. I want to work closely with our Chamber and Visit Cheyenne to work to drive tourism.
Anchor: I know one of the big things that people support of you is you are the business owners’ biggest advocate. Tell us what that means.
Marian Orr: What that means to me is really trying to put local businesses to work first. With my history of working with the Wyoming State Legislature, I’ve worked with businesses to really take care of the five percent preferential law. If there are federal dollars, it doesn’t come into play.
But what I really want to do is when we put work out to bid within the city, be it roads or be it electrical work to be done, I want to look to our local contractors and sub-contractors first and putting our business owners to work first.
I also want to make sure that our building department within the city is business friendly when it comes to meeting codes, regulations, and the Uniform Development Code which we’ve all heard so much about. We really must streamline the process and make sure that coming to Cheyenne, doing business in Cheyenne is a positive experience.
Anchor: Thank you and congratulations once again.