CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The movement to force the federal government to cede land to Western states has taken hold in Wyoming's U.S. House race.

Gillette veterinarian Rex Rammell says Wyoming would benefit from having full control over what are now federal lands. Rammell tells The Associated Press in an interview that should include Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. He says Wyoming could do a much better job of managing the parks than the federal government has been doing.

Rammell moved to Wyoming in 2012 but says he's familiar with the Cowboy State after living most of his life just over the state line in Idaho. Rammell among nine candidates seeking the Republican nomination to replace Republican Rep. Cynthia Lummis (LUM'-iss). Lummis plans to retire at the end of her current term.