Correction: A previous version of this article stated Patrick Collins represented Ward 3 when serving on the city council. Collins actually represented Ward 2, which covers north Cheyenne. The mistake is due to incorrect information provided to the Tribune Eagle. The Tribune Eagle regrets the error.
CHEYENNE – On Monday, a member of the Wyoming Tribune Eagle’s editorial board stepped down from his position in anticipation of a run for mayor.
Patrick Collins, the longtime owner of the Bicycle Station, who previously served on the Cheyenne City Council, gave up his position on the board to ensure it wouldn’t be a conflict of interest in his run for mayor.
Collins said he expects to announce his candidacy in March and that he’s waiting until then to comment on why he has decided to run.
Collins was elected to the Cheyenne City Council in 2001, where he served for 12 years representing Ward 2, which covers the northern portion of Cheyenne. During his tenure, his peers elected him council president four times.
Since 1991, Collins has owned and operated the Bicycle Station on Dell Range Boulevard. He said his business will be in good hands with David Carter, a manager who has been with the shop for 25 years, as he shifts his attention to the mayoral race.
Mayor Marian Orr has yet to announce whether she will run for the position again and said she plans on waiting until after the legislative session to make a final decision. The session ends March 12.
James Johnson, a senior auditor for the Wyoming Department of Audit, previously announced that he will run for mayor. He was the first to do so for the 2020 election.
The official filing period for mayoral candidates is May 14-29.