Laramie County Commissioner M. Lee Hasenauer is leaving the door open for a future run for office.

The Republican and former Tea Party activist lost his bid for re-election in November after two years on the commission.

But he said Thursday that he might consider running again in two years, adding he "wants to work on the 30 percent who didn't go to the polls". He adds he "isn't going away anytime soon" and plans to remain active in the community.

Prior to his time on the commission Hasenauer was the author of a successful drive a few years ago to increase the number of county commissioners from three to five.

A related proposal to create election districts for the commission in place of at-large elections was rejected by voters.

During his time on the commission he was often the dissenting vote on a number of issues that were decided by a 4-1 margin. Democrat Ron Kailey edged him out for the third open seat on the commission in November by a little under 1700 votes, or just under three percentage points.