Knapp, who now lives in California but is moving back to Gillette, said he’s wanted to go into public service since high school and that “now is a good time to do it.”

According to his LinkedIn, he works in Orange County and has been heavily involved in the O&G industry.
Did anyone else get a heads-up he was running? Nobody contacted me about him running until about 6 a.m. today and though I heard rumors someone was announcing in Campbell County last week, nobody knew who it was.
With more than a year until the Republican primaries, we now have seven challengers, including

1. Bouchard
2. Gray
3. Keller
4. Selvig
5. Knapp
6. Smith
7. Belinskey

Several possibles, including Bryan Miller, Ed Buchanan, William Perry Pendley.
Knapp -- a West Point grad -- has experience in Iraq and Afghanistan but other than a year-and-a-half stint in Phoenix, can't find much record of him in the MW.

His longest occupation was with the U.S. Army again, in Orange County.
Not unprecedented though. In last year's U.S. Senate Primary, candidate Donna Rice left her law firm in the midwest after 20 years to move back to Wyoming and run a largely self-funded campaign against Lummis.…

Finished with about 5.5% in the primary.
Uinta County GOP state committeeman Lyle Williams is looking.

He's a perennial candidate who lost numerous statehouse races. Most recently, lost his campaign for a precinct position. He's now at the center of a legal battle contesting his re-election to the county committee.
That battle is currently playing out at the local level after the Wyoming AG's office advised the SOS not to pursue it.…
The WyoDems chair has taken notice...

Lets say that one of these challengers does, in fact, beat Cheney in the primary, running on a platform that somehow goes to the right of Cheney. What does a Democratic challenge look like in the general?

Knapp is also the brother of current Wyoming State Rep. Chris Knapp, so there are definitely ties here.

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Much better than the policy they originally proposed.
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