(Cheyenne, Wyo.) - Gabriel Pina, recently announced his candidacy for Cheyenne City Council Ward III
Pina, 40, has been a self-employed accountant for nearly 10 years with his
own Pina Business Services at the Majestic
Building in downtown Cheyenne, in addition to the non-profit
Cheyenne Business Co-Op (DCBC), he
assumed ownership of last year after getting more involved with the
Downtown Development Authority.
"I wanted to create a different life for business owners to meet and get
out of their 'bubble,' and that's when I created the DCBC in November
2015," Pina said. "We have 51 paying members, ribbon cuttings for small
businesses, we do seminars and monthly mixers."
Pina and his wife Jasmine have three kids, one remains in California and
just graduated college, the other two are moving up into high school and
junior high here in Cheyenne.
*Gab**riel Pina behind his desk at his office in the Majestic Building in
downtown Cheyenne, May 20. (Pitchengine Communities)*
"We moved to Cheyenne in June of 2014, the week of the Hispanic Festival,
so this will be our third Hispanic Festival this June, so we're excited
about that," Pina stated. "We chose Cheyenne because of the climate - my
wife wanted to move somewhere where it snowed - and the cost of living was
a lot better than in California, and just a lot more opportunities here,
school systems are a lot better for the kids, and a lot more opportunities
Pina says he has been engaged in City Council since April of last year, and
did not feel he was getting true representation from those that are seeking
re-election this year, and is one of the many reasons he decided to
announce his candidacy.
"I believe there will be a big shift in change in city council this year,
lots of different individuals running for all of the wards, not your
typical politicians," Pina said. "What I would like to see is more
engagement into the community from City Council members and more working
out in the community instead of just behind the diocese."
Some key issues:
-Pot holes: "Working with Public Works Department and finding what we're
doing wrong, to find either a better material to fix the pot holes or a
machine that would do it correctly. City Council voted down, about three
months ago, a truck that would go around and fix them, it was a six month
lease on the truck to try it out and the council voted it down because they
were concerned about it being a used truck and with the contract with
repairs and maintenance with the vehicle."
-Cole Shopping Plaza: "Where Safeway just closed out of there - we need to
reach out to Safeway and find out what their plans are for that plaza, see
what their intentions are... are they intending on selling? rebuilding and
putting something new in there?"
"I have decided that I am not going to be spending any money on this
campaign, if people feel the need to support me, I have a list of
non-profits on my Facebook page
that they can go
donate to," Pina said. "Instead of putting up signs, we're going to be
doing meet-and-greets. I want it to be more transparent, I want to be more
active, I don't want to just throw up signs and pass out flyers, I want to
be able to meet with people and hear what people have to say and hear their
"I am more of a hands-on...get involved...be part of the solution," Pina
said. "Not grumble and be part of the problem. I chose Cheyenne, I've
invested in Cheyenne, and I take pride and ownership in where I'm at."
Follow Pina on Facebook at Gabriel Pina for Cheyenne Ward 3