I hate politics! At least, the kind of aggressive, in-your-face, confrontational politics that seems to be taking hold in Wyoming lately. But I love policy debates. Here are some of the major issues I see facing Wyoming, and my views on what I hope to accomplish as your Representative.
• Environmental protection
Our climate is on fire. We must take climate change seriously. I will promote alternative energy sources, while seeking to reduce dependency on oil and natural gas. I will promote using coal to create building materials such as carbon fiber, graphene, carbon-based bricks and roofing, and polyurethane. This allows Wyoming coal companies to mine and sell coal without filling our atmosphere with more carbon.
• Public lands
Wyoming life means access to outdoor recreation and wide-open viewscapes. Some politicians want to privatize public lands. The scheme involves forcing the turnover of federally-managed lands to the state. The state, inevitably, will lack the money to properly manage that land–fire suppression costs alone are staggering. Thus, the state would be forced to sell that land to private owners, locking out the public forever. I favor preserving open space land for everybody for generations to come.
• Campaign finance
Many problems in our country require legislative fixes. But, dark money and high dollar donors can buy votes in the legislature. We need to amend the United States Constitution to overturn Citizens United so both Congress and the Wyoming Legislature can enact meaningful campaign finance reform.
I believe the 2020 election was free and fair and that there was no fraud, in Wyoming or elsewhere. Protecting the right of every citizen to cast a secret ballot is the heart of protecting our freedoms.
• Reproductive health choices
A woman’s right to choose how and when she has a child is under assault. The government has no business making such choices for women. I will work to protect and restore a woman’s right to make her own reproductive health decisions.
Wyoming has historically had one of the best K-12 school systems in the country. That standing is jeopardized by recent efforts to cut school funding and to politicize what is taught in our classrooms. I will make protecting our public schools a top priority while supporting our public school teachers.
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