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Volume 2, Number 3 - April 18, 2002
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Van Graham
Van Graham
Van Graham to make bid for SC attorney

by Jim Carbley

Van Graham to make bid for SC attorney

Attorney Van Graham, who practiced law in Pinedale for 14 years through 1999 when he accepted a position teaching law to MBA students at Gardner Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C., has decided to return to Sublette County and run for the office of county attorney in the coming election.

In an interview Friday, the 61-year-old Graham said he has turned down an offer to continue teaching at Gardner Webb and will be returning to Sublette County with his wife Pat sometime in mid-May.

When asked what was bringing him back, Graham said: "One is that we miss Wyoming and would like to come back. This was initially a one-year teaching appointment and they just renewed it each year and we just continued to stay and do it.

"Now I think itís time to get home. Itís been long enough.

"In addition to that, people in Sublette County have been very good to me all these years, and I feel like the county attorneyís office might be a way that I can serve and maybe give something back," Graham added.

Graham, who has continued to serve as Big Piney and Marbleton town attorney despite the distance, said: "Iíve really enjoyed being involved with the towns. Itís been a very satisfying thing for me, and if I can expand that and serve the people of the county in general, I canít think of anything more satisfying."

When asked why someone should vote for him, Graham said: "I hope that people would vote for me because they think Iíll do a good job.

"I care about the people there ... feel like I can serve them, and if they agree with that, then I hope they will vote for me for that reason," Graham added.

When asked if there was anything else he wanted to say, Graham said: "No, just that weíre looking forward to it and are pretty excited about it. The people have been very loyal and good to me even here. I continue to have a number of clients who allow me to do their work even from here ... thatís fun, keeps me in touch, I get personal contact from people who donít even need anything done, which is always gratifying.

"Iím very grateful to them, and again I feel like thatís the place that maybe we can serve those people and give something back.

"The more we begin to make plans and put things in place, the more exciting it seems. There was kind of a little pause when I came down to turning down the contract here, and having done it now and made the choice, weíre excited," he added.

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