The term is four years with a two-term limit; compensation is $105,000. A residence is provided.
Why are you the best candidate for the office?
Dee Cozzens (Libertarian): My experience as a CEO, in large organizations makes me better suited to be governor. I am specifically qualified in preparing budgets, know the workings of the federal government including how to remove their heavy handedness.
Pete Gosar (D): My determination, solution-based leadership style and my work experience make me the clear choice for governor. I have been a board member and a janitor, an employer and an employee, a civil servant and a private business owner, and in these varied roles, I know the power of effort and integrity. I will listen to the people of Wyoming to craft solutions, and I will return transparency to the governor’s office.
Matt Mead (R): As Governor, I have done as promised—achieving economic growth, supporting local government, developing an energy strategy, and standing for Wyoming in state-federal matters. Under my leadership, Wyoming is stronger. We have the second most trusted state government, the second highest GDP increase, the lowest poverty rate for children, and rising personal incomes. I bring achievement in office, business experience (farming/ranching; law) and more—for example, aptitude for homework and for listening to all sides.
Don Wills (Independent): I am the first independent candidate for Governor of Wyoming since 1958. I am 64 years old, owner of a national software company with 80 employees and an expert in computer software. I care deeply about the future of our country. I will not be influenced by the good old boy network that controls Wyoming politics. My administration will make government transparent and frugal, so that our children may have the opportunities of prior generations.
What single specific action of the Federal government affecting Wyoming do you object to the most and what would you do about it if you were the next governor?
Dee Cozzens (Libertarian): Objection I have with the Fed, is the EPA; their administrative policies and regulations are a declaration of contempt to our energy industries. Ag, Oil, Coal, Gas.
Pete Gosar (D): I object to the “No Child Left Behind” education mandates, but I’m not running my campaign on fed bashing. We should find the best solutions whether they are federal, state, or local. Consider Wyoming health care: U.S. taxpayers are willing to send us $1.8 billion over the next 10 years to expand Medicaid and bring health care to Wyoming’s uninsured, help our hospitals, and create thousands of health care jobs. Let’s do it.
Matt Mead (R): EPA is the agency Wyoming battles most. The proposed rule for existing power plants is only the latest in a series of EPA actions harmful to coal. Wyoming coal allows our state and country to remain competitive because low electricity costs translate into low manufacturing costs. I am using, and will continue to use, a three-pronged approach to meet the challenges facing coal: resisting unreasonable federal rule-making, working to expand markets, and promoting innovation.
Don Wills (Independent): The federal government ignores the Constitution, and tramples on the authority of states to act and individuals to lead our own lives without interference by federal agents. There is no single issue that I object to the most. I object to all unconstitutional federal government actions. What would I do about it? I would instruct all state employees to defy and cease cooperation with federal agents as they attempt to enforce unconstitutional laws and regulations.
What are your views on the advantages and disadvantages of wind energy development in Wyoming?
Dee Cozzens (Libertarian): Wind Energy Development. Costly but does contribute to energy grids.
Pete Gosar (D): Diversified energy sources are needed to maintain Wyoming’s place as the nation’s energy breadbasket. Presently, market forces are impacting fossil fuel production and our economy must respond. As with any other energy source, there must be environmental safeguards and appropriate taxation to maximize the benefit to Wyoming’s people, now and in the future. Wind energy shouldn’t get a pass and we should proceed cautiously to find the appropriate place for this new industry.
Matt Mead (R): The advantages are that Wyoming has great wind resources (the best onshore class six and seven wind locations) and successful projects as examples (14 producing and/or in the works). The disadvantages are distance to market and limits on transmission capacity. In addition, wind energy is not taxed at the same level as our other energy resources. If we are going to make an equal balanced approach, we need to do more in that area.
Don Wills (Independent): The efficient production of electricity is vital to our country. Wyoming is blessed with abundant coal, oil, gas and wind resources. Energy production from each of these sources has positives and negatives that voters are familiar with. I will work with the legislature to reduce state regulation of wind turbines, and to eliminate subsidies to all energy sources, so as to level the playing field to allow the market to produce electricity most efficiently.