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The term is two years; there are no term limits; no benefits are provided. Compensation is $105 per day of work during legislative sessions and for interim committee meetings with travel expenses reimbursed.  Candidates must reside in the House District (HD) they will represent. Voters receive a ballot containing only the candidates from the correct HD, based on residence. No Democrat filed for HD 14 or 47; no Republican filed for HD 13. Listing starts with lowest numbered district; candidates for the same HD are listed one after the other. No response was received from Jerry Paxton (R) HD 47.

Albany County Candidates  ( for Laramie County Candidates see below)


Why are you the best candidate for the office? 

Cathy Connolly (D) HD 13: I have been honored to serve in the legislature for the past six years advocating for the people of Albany County. I listen to constituents and have a proven record of success. I will continue to advocate for high quality education, economic security, government transparency, equality, and fiscal responsibility. I am in favor of full Medicaid expansion, rights for LGBTQ citizens, early childhood education, and policies to address the wage gap.

Kermit C. Brown (R) HD 14: I have represented House District 14 for 10 years.  During that time, we have successfully defended the hardship funding formulas for Laramie and Albany County.  I have sponsored many bills on individual subjects and helped with legislation beneficial to our community and the University. If reelected, it is my intention to run for the office of Speaker of the House. If successful, I will be able to help our city and county in numerous ways.

Charles Pelkey (D) HD 45:  I am a candidate largely because it's time to restore some balance to the Wyoming Legislature. We have a GOP governor, veto-proof majorities in both houses of the Legislature and yet we have significant issues that have not been addressed. I am a long-time Wyoming resident. I've worked jobs at all levels, faced issues with health care, lack of insurance and financial strains. I want to serve to address those problems faced by working families.

Charles (C.J.) Young (R) HD 45: As a recent graduate of UW and a seven-year resident of HD 45, I have seen and experienced the needs of our community first hand. Growing up in Wyoming and entrenching myself in Laramie, I have developed a comfortable familiarity with the issues and a desire to take on new ventures on behalf of my district. My enthusiasm and work ethic are unprecedented and my sole mission is to give Laramie voters a voice. 

Glen Moniz (R) HD 46: With 3 terms as a proven legislator, I have shown my ability to represent Albany County. I believe that it’s important that our state is run by Wyoming people! Raising my family in Laramie, I know what’s important to families in Albany County and our state. I am your friend, your neighbor, your representative. Working with colleagues is vital for the success of legislation. I have respect and leadership as a member of the majority party.

Mike Selmer (D) HD 46: Our legislator must represent the people of the 46th District. Six months of knocking on doors, talking to voters, and listening to their concerns have shown me that they aren't happy with what’s happening in the state capital. Ideology and political games have no place in Wyoming. I am the best candidate because I will listen to the people, work hard on their behalf, and use common sense, not ideology, to inform my decisions.


What are the proper relationships and responsibilities among the Legislature, the energy Industry, and the University?

Cathy Connolly (D) HD 13: UW is one of Wyoming's crown jewels. Through the Wyoming Constitution, the legislature is obligated to assure adequate funding to UW by making tuition as free as possible. To that, I would add that the Legislature should assure that the University's academic programs are top-notch across the board. Over the next decades, Wyoming will need well-rounded college graduates to meet our workforce needs especially in education, health care and other services, as well as energy.

Kermit C. Brown (R) HD 14: Each has a role to play and it is important that each respect the importance of the others. The energy industry is paying approximately 60 percent of the bills but must be responsible. The legislature must regulate the energy industry and manage funding for the state, including the University. The University is a land grant institution tasked with serving the citizens of the state with research and education complimenting the endeavors that make our state successful.

Charles Pelkey (D) HD 45: The energy industry has been essential to the economic vitality of this state. Indeed, we are the largest coal producer in the world. Because Wyoming provides the energy industry with remarkable resources and talent, some believe that the energy industry has an inherent "right" to influence the content and direction of education, particularly at the University level. I do not. Education must remain independent of economic, political or social pressures.

Charles (C.J.) Young (R) HD 45: I believe the energy sector is critical to Wyoming and UW. The energy sector helped make Wyoming the second fastest growing economy in the US and much of UW's support comes from the energy sector. In fact, UW is leading the way in energy research for Wyoming, the US, and the world. Therefore, Wyoming and UW must be responsive to the needs of the energy sector; however, UW should not be controlled by it.

Glen Moniz (R) HD 46: The mineral industry, either directly or indirectly, is responsible for more than 60 percent of Wyoming’s traditional state government operating revenues or $1.224 billion of a total General Fund and Budget Reserve Account ($1.957) = 62.5 percent for FY2013. The University of Wyoming plays a vital role in research. The legislature must blend the two for what’s best for Wyoming. The Hathaway Scholarship Fund (now over $535 million) was funded through federal mineral royalties exclusively.

Mike Selmer (D) HD 46: Recent turmoil has shown that communication must be improved between all parties concerned with the future of UW, our only four-year university. The legislature should support UW’s most important resource … its people, and assure that special interests do not subvert UW. The legislature and the energy industry should not only view UW as the source of specialists in energy disciplines, but as the intellectual, cultural and professional heart of our state.


What specific piece of legislation do you intend to sponsor that you would most like to convince the legislature to adopt?

Cathy Connolly (D) HD 13: It's time for the Wyoming legislature to expand its anti-discrimination measures to include sexual orientation and gender identity. Today, LGBTQ individuals in Wyoming can be discriminated against without recourse. That's unfair. This legislation will help rectify that situation by giving those discriminated against the ability to fail a complaint. In addition, I will introduce/support legislation to support early childhood education, eliminate the death penalty, increase the minimum wage, and expand health care options.

Kermit C. Brown (R) HD 14: I am working on a very complicated piece of legislation to make it easier to permit water rights on subdivided land which is subject to an application that has never been adjudicated. I am also working on a bill to permit special warranty deeds in the state of Wyoming similar to laws in some of our neighboring states. Finally, I will be watching the supplemental budget for opportunities to fund additional improvements in our community.

Charles Pelkey (D) HD 45:  My first priority is to encourage this state to embark on the necessary expansion of Medicaid. It's reassuring that Governor Mead has reconsidered his opposition, (although I am disappointed that it took him so long to come around on this critical issue). At this point, he needs reasonable legislators to help move that through both houses Legislature.

Charles (C.J.) Young (R) HD 45: I will sponsor and encourage passage of legislation that supports economic growth in Wyoming. However, I believe that it is irresponsible for me to make promises to sponsor legislation solely to benefit my campaign. I will promise to represent the people of Laramie and Wyoming to the best of my ability. Lastly, I will use input from my constituents, along with my core beliefs and values, to determine the legislation I will sponsor and support.

Glen Moniz (R, HD 46): The Wyoming House of Representatives is the citizen’s legislature and we must make ourselves available. This is a value I take very seriously. Sponsoring legislation that I think important is not the issue. The issue is what does the citizens of Albany County think. As a business owner it provides me with a perspective on the issues facing business today. I know the challenges of providing a living wage, health care benefits and a decent work environment.

Mike Selmer (D) HD 46: The legislature has grown fond of spending our money and making policy in a manner in which no one is held accountable. My first act will be to introduce a bill that requires a recorded vote for every budget footnote. Wyoming citizens deserve and demand that legislators own up to the actions they take on behalf of their constituents. Legislators should have the courage of their convictions and record their names with their votes.

Laramie County Candidates

Wyoming State Representative: two-year term; vote for one.

(Not all candidates responded in writing to the questions; see the Forum video elsewhere on this website for all candidates who attended on Sept. 30.)

Introduction:

Mike Weiland (D), HD10: I would like to thank the LWV for hosting this forum.  I think it is very important to get as much information about the candidates before voting.  I also want to extend my thanks and appreciation to all of those here who are running for office!  This includes Dave Zwonitzer who has represented District 9 for many years. 

I am running for the House of Representatives in District 9.  This is my first time running for a public office.  I have lived in Cheyenne for over 28 years and love the city, Wyoming and especially the people that live here.  I have two grown children who now live out of state but benefited from growing up in Wyoming.  I retired from my career as a meteorologist this past January and so my background is in science and logic and fact based thinking. 

I feel that is very important to give back to the community and state that have been so good to me and my family.  I have tried to do so in my adult life by being involved in many volunteer activities and organizations.   That is the reason that I decided to run for the House of Representatives.  I want to do what I can to make this an even better state for citizens to live and work.  There are far to many people in need in the state and far too many people who are struggling.  I am also  running to help those citizens.  There is much that we can do to improve our quality of life, keep our economy strong, environment clean and work on making our state's education even better.  We have great potential here in Wyoming and want to see that realized.

Harlan Edmonds (R), HD 12: League of Women Voters, guests, fellow candidates: while I must send my regrets for not attending this forum, I gladly accept your offer to make my positions known. My name is Harlan Edmonds. I am the Republican nominee for House District 12. It is my belief that voters should have distinct choices at the polls, lest the democratic process become meaningless. I am running to give the people of House District 12 the opportunity to be represented by a conservative Republican rather than a liberal Democrat. Not only does this provide a distinct philosophical choice, it sets up a public referendum between two competing visions of government.  I am a Republican because this is the party that holds more truly to the vision of our nation’s founders and their overall intent in framing the constitution. If elected, I will be guided by conservative principles and I pledge to defend the lives, liberty and property of my constituents against those who place undue faith in government and its expansion. I believe that Wyoming’s people, like most Americans who have preceded us, are resourceful and responsible enough to excel at self government.


1. What do you feel is the most important issue facing the State of Wyoming? How would you address it?

Mike Weiland (D), HD 10: There are many important issues facing Wyoming and improving the lives of those that live in the state but there is also great potential and possibilities.  I will address one of my top issues and that is improving our economic diversity and bringing more high quality jobs and companies into the state. To do this will require approaching the issue from several different ways.  These Include. improving education k-12 and in colleges, making our students competitive globally, improving quality of life (which includes infrastructure, renewable energy and start-up money for young business people starting out.

Phil Regeski (R), HD 11: Education.

How would you address it?

  • School vouchers,
  • Blended learning (home schooling, community schooling, brick & mortar traditional schooling),
  • Merit pay for top 10% of teachers,
  • Flexibility in teacher’s  pay,
  • Alternative teacher certification,
  • Create education savings accounts,
  • Charter school flexibility,
  • End promotion based on seat days,
  • Proficient reading stills by the end of third grade,
  • Later school-day start times.

Mary Throne (D), HD 11: The overarching issue is how do we use Wyoming’s wealth today to build a bright future for our state.  We have yet to have an honest debate about whether we need a large cash savings account—like the legislative stabilization reserve account  (LSRA or rainy day fund)—or whether Wyoming would be better served through a mixture of saving, investing and spending.  The public is entitled to a full and open discussion.  Second, we need to review the needs of our state and how those square with our revenues.  Then, it is just a matter of setting priorities.  Our problem is we never have the right discussion about how to best use taxpayer dollars to benefit the citizens of Wyoming—we simply stuff the money under the state mattress, called the LSRA, and real needs, like roads, go unmet.

Harlan Edmonds (R), HD 12: There is no greater threat to Wyoming than our dependence on federal funding. The U.S. government is nearly $18 trillion dollars in debt, so the money that liberal politicians want us to get more of is not coming from the federal government, it is being stolen from future generations and enslaving them to our creditors, such as communist China. The only way to avoid national collapse is for states to begin becoming more self-reliant while we still have the time to do so in a gradual fashion. Wyoming is ideally suited to begin this process and to provide leadership and inspiration to other states. All we need are state leaders with the courage to begin replacing federal governance with local governance, which will necessarily be more responsive and cost effective in the long run.

Lee Filer (D), HD 12: The most important issue is ALL of them. But to pick one it would be building the foundation to diversify our economy. How I would address that is by making sure we maintain a good tax structure for more business to be able to operate. Also we need the infrastructure in place, and we need to keep working on education. Because new business look at the work force when making a commitment to come to Wyoming, I believe if we help get the foundation built, we will have companies come here with good paying employment.

Ken Esquibel, HD 44: Education, if the state wants to pander to special interest group that feel we shouldn't implement the Common Core Standard. Wyoming students will fall behind the curve when it comes to competing for jobs or acceptance into institutions of higher learning.


2. Members of the Legislature have widely diverse constituent interests and positions.   How important is it to learn about views and interests that differ from your own? How important is it to compromise and reach consensus in the Legislature?

Mike Weiland (D), HD 10: a) Very important and will attempt to obtain.  I have learned quite a bit from those in my District that have differing opinions from my own.  We all have valid ideas and opinions and some of the ideas that I have received from them have been very good. 

b) Very important as that is how things get done. A team player will likely get more done and that is what I plan on being.

Phil Regeski (R), HD 11: Very important.  Legislation must address all points of view.

How important is it to compromise and reach consensus in the Legislature?

Very important.  Legislation that is based on input from the general public and other legislators creates the most effective policies.

Mary Throne (D), HD 11: The legislature is a collegial body and nothing gets done if we do not listen to all points of view in order to reach a consensus.  The diverse interests are rarely political and often have more to do with geography and population than partisan differences.  Laramie and Natrona County, as the two most populous counties, often find common ground.  Mineral counties have different interests than non-mineral ones.  Understanding that we are all sent to the Capitol to represent our different communities is fundamental to the functioning of the Legislature. 

Harlan Edmonds (R), HD 12: The legislature is an arena of ideas, where good should triumph over bad. Ideas are seldom of equal worth. Pretending so, compromising between them and calling it good, will always favor the bad, gradually ratcheting our laws down toward the lowest common denominator. Compromise is only good as a demonstration of basic fairness, such as equitable allocation of infrastructure support for towns and counties, or funding for schools. But in matters of principle, policy and law, consensus can only result from the victory of some ideas and the defeat of others. This requires leadership, and the better a leader understands the views and interests of his adversaries, the more equipped such a leader will be to prevail.

Lee Filer (D), HD 12: I believe in order to be a great legislature, we need to be open minded on all different views. We need to know and understand what the people in our districts want and need, even if the views differ from our own. That’s what being a good representative is about. It’s very important to compromise; that is our job. We have to be able to reach across the aisle in order to properly represent the people of Wyoming.

Ken Esquibel , HD 44: Without compromise, we have nothing. Since we currently have a super majority in the Legislature, if there isn't an effort by the majority to hear the views and interests of the minority, we silence the voices of nearly seventy thousand citizens of the state of Wyoming.


3. What are the proper relationships and responsibilities among the Legislature, the energy industry and the University of Wyoming?

Mike Weiland (D), HD 10:   The legislature should set the framework and create a positive environment to address and work on issues such as energy.  A vision for the state in regards to energy needs to be developed working with the energy industry and UW.  With that vision created, the energy industry should be encouraged to reach their goals within that vision.  UW would then assist in the research for the industry. 

Phil Regeski (R), HD 11: It is the legislators responsibility to make sure the energy industry is conducting business in a way the respects our environment and respects our communities.

It is the University’s responsibility to provide a highly educated student population for all the industries in the State.

It is the energy industry’s responsibility to be a good corporate citizen and respect our environment and communities.

Mary Throne (D), HD 11: The University, as our only public 4-year institution, has to maintain its academic independence and serve the needs of a variety of students.  The Legislature appropriates substantial funding for UW and has an obligation to assure it is spent appropriately.  As the keeper of the purse, the Legislature has a role to play in major capital investments, such as the initiative to develop a Tier 1 engineering school.  However, the UW Trustees are responsible for the operation of UW, not the Legislature.  Recent efforts to build bridges between the UW Trustees and the Legislature should continue and will help each group to understand its proper role. The energy industry’s generosity to UW is appreciated and its importance to our state economy is understood.  However, the role energy plays in our state should never overshadow UW’s mission as an academic institution. 

Harlan Edmonds (R), HD 12: The Legislature and UW are public entities, while the energy industry contains private entities. Over time, the constraints and distinctions between them have broken down so that they are completely intertwined. The proper relationship between them is now a matter of debate. As a conservative, my own view is that all three should become increasingly devoted to strengthening Wyoming’s sovereignty and self-sufficiency. In legislative terms, this means prioritizing all entities, programs, policies and funding streams toward that which furthers this vision.

Lee Filer (D), HD 12: I believe the partnerships between the University, industry, and the legislature is very important. I think the legislature needs to work with all industry types to bring the best to Wyoming. I like all three areas working to together.

Ken Esquibel, HD 44: Since the energy industry is the main resource of revenue for the state and the University is one of the best engineering schools in the country, our relationship should continue to be a partnership that allows all of to be successful. I think it is proper, because it allows all of us to prosper and that includes all the citizens of the state.


4. The Legislature uses the budget and statutes to manage Executive agency programs. Do you support this intervention? (One example is the budget footnote passed in the last session to restrict the ability of the State Board of Education to review science standards. Would you support repeal of that footnote? )

Mike Weiland (D), HD 10: I would say that there are the 3 branches of government and each has its own roles and duties.  I think that each branch should perform its own duties.  I would vote to repeal the budget footnote on science standards. 

Phil Regeski (R), HD 11: Effective legislation is created by negotiation and open discussion.  Each issue must be addressed individually and not put in as a footnote on another bill.  I would repeal the State Board of Education restriction.  And review it on its own merits as a stand-alone bill.

Mary Throne (D), HD 11: To answer the last question first—I support repealing the footnote as soon as possible.  The Legislature crafts the statutes that give state agencies the authority to act.  It also is responsible for appropriating the necessary funding for state agencies.  It is not, however, responsible for executing the law.  In the case of the science standards, the law, enacted by the Legislature, gave the State Board of Education the responsibility to adopt science standards.  Then, with a quick budget footnote, the Legislature jumped into the middle of the process and interfered with the agency’s work.  This was not an appropriate use of legislative power.

Harlan Edmonds (R), HD 12: Oversight would be a more accurate term than intervention in this case. In the separation and balance of powers established by the Founders, executive and judicial branches of government have become too strong in modern times at the expense of legislative branches. The best chance of restoring former powers and responsibilities to the people as originally intended would be for the legislative branches to reassert their oversight with regard to funding. The other branches can not and should not appropriate funding. Our Legislature can and must assert oversight of funding because our Legislature is the branch that is most directly chosen and empowered by the people.

Lee Filer (D), HD 12: The legislature should not micromanage executive agencies. We need to help and support the work they do. As far as the budget footnote that stripped the State Board of Education of the next generation science standards, that was completely wrong. I will totally support a repeal.

Ken Esquibel, HD 44: In some cases it can be a valuable tool in getting things accomplished. We are getting a little out of control when we use the process to restrict an agencies ability to function. I would support the repeal of the footnote mentioned above.


5. What is the Legislature’s role in creating more jobs with higher pay in Wyoming?

Mike Weiland (D), HD 10: The legislature should set the framework and create a positive environment to address and work on issues such as attracting companies and high quality jobs.  The legislature should make the state as business friendly as possible.  Some of the things the legislature could do is create more jobs is to raise our educational standards to make our workforce more able to work at the more technical jobs.  We also need to look at the quality of life and make our state more attractive to companies and young people.  This would include improving all types of infrastructure, adequately funding state agencies, including the state parks and Game and Fish Agency.  We are missing the boat on not focusing more on our number 2 economic driver – tourism.  Working the t Wyoming Business Council  to award grants to qualified young entrepreneurs to start companies would also be something that the legislature could do.

Phil Regeski (R), HD 11: The Legislator’s role is to:

  • Provide an excellent education system,
  • Create a stable tax and regulatory environment
  • Create a business environment that will attract a diversity of businesses and that will enable our existing businesses to thrive and grow.

Mary Throne (D), HD 11: The Legislature can support good economic development primarily by supporting infrastructure and creating a quality educational system.  Infrastructure is a basic government function and no business will want to locate in Wyoming if our communities are decaying.  Good schools and an educated work force will also help attract quality jobs to Wyoming.  The Legislature has been somewhat resistant to providing more vocational and technical training opportunities.  This should change; at the same time we continue our focus on the traditional K-12 system, community colleges and the university.  Finally, tax incentives and support for business ready community grants are appropriate when tailored to encourage economic development.

Harlan Edmonds (R), HD 12: The best government can do is to foster a favorable business climate through low taxes and minimal regulations.

Lee Filer (D), HD 12: Our role would be to make sure the workforce is ready and educated, have the infrastructure in place, and maintain the low tax base in Wyoming.

Ken Esquibel , HD 44:We can create a business friendly environment by having low taxes, industrial parks, state grants through the Wyoming Business Counsel and a well educated work force.


6. Why is it so hard for elected officials to discuss the subject of conflict of interest and occasions when their actions may directly benefit themselves or immediate family? Where do you stand on disclosure of conflicts of interest by public officials and excusing themselves from those votes?

Mike Weiland (D), HD10: I would hope that legislatures and other government officials would have the best interests of the citizens and state always in mind.  Any possible conflicts of interests should be disclosed immediately and should excuse themselves from any related votes.  

Phil Regeski (R), HD 11: As a legislator this would not be hard for me to discuss.  Legislators should not be using Wyoming’s laws and policies as a tool to enrich themselves or their families.

Where do you stand on disclosure of conflicts of interest by public officials and excusing themselves from those votes?

I support it.

Mary Throne (D), HD 11: I have from time to time declared a conflict and have not found it to be difficult once I understood the rules that apply to a citizen legislature.  Our rules require us to disclose a conflict of interest and to refrain from voting on an issue when we have a direct personal or financial interest in the question at hand.  If we are simply part of a large class of people affected by a bill, there is no conflict.  Ranchers vote on agricultural issues and teachers vote on education issues.  Legislators have a duty to vote and participate or we cannot represent our constituents.  It is always a judgment call with many shades of gray.  I make every effort to identify potential conflicts of interest and to disclose, as required. 

Harlan Edmonds (R), HD 12: Not all elected officials find this difficult to discuss. Those with high moral and ethical principles pay close attention to real and perceived conflicts and declare them accordingly. We should not elect or retain public officials with low character when we have a choice.

Lee Filer (D), HD 12: There are rules and laws in place for voting conflict. We have to remember we our here to vote for the people of Wyoming, and if a bill would directly have personal gain to the representative or an immediate family member they need to vote conflict.

Ken Esquibel, HD 44: When you have a citizens legislature, there remains a strong possibility of having more conflicts because we come from all walks of life. Most of go back to our jobs and positions after sessions are over. These types of legislatures tend to have their members stick to what they have an expertise in. That being said, a member that has that close of a direct benefit should disclose their conflict and excuse themselves from voting.


7. Following elections, people who supported candidates who lost can feel disenfranchised. If you win your election, would you reach out to those who did not support you? Why or why not?

Mike Weiland (D), HD 10: I would most definitely actively reach out to those who did not vote for me.  We all have valid opinions and ides and all of those should be used to come with new ways of solving problems.

Phil Regeski (R), HD 11: I would reach out to the folks that did not support my election.  Legislators are elected to represent all the people of this state.

Mary Throne (D), HD 11: Yes.  As I am campaigning, I knock on every door to learn the concerns of all of my constituents.  If someone tells me they never vote or have never voted for me, I still make sure they see my contact information and emphasize to them that I am still their representative and that they should feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.  I do my best to always be available by phone or through email for any constituent.

Harlan Edmonds (R), HD 12: The majority rules in democratic elections. If elected, I will represent my constituents guided by the principles I ran on and was elected upon.

Lee Filer (D), HD 12: I would always reach out to those who may not have supported me. This is important in the process of being a representative. We need to understand the issues and concerns of all the people.


8. Political office is public service.  What local or state organizations have you served, in what capacity, and how will the experiences in these organizations help you in the elected office?

Mike Weiland (D), HD 10: I have not had the opportunity to run for or serve in public office before.  However,  I feel it is very important to give back and help those in our city and state.  So, I have served in many volunteer organizations. Leadership positions include president of CSA, CTA, Anderson PTA, chairman of the MPO CAC. I am also a Special Friends volunteer and a Cheyenne Greenway volunteer.  From those associations and my previous career, I have learned about the state and have been able to meet many people.

Phil Regeski (R), HD 11: I currently serve as a committee member in the DDA in Cheyenne.  I also have served on several boards and policy committees over my 25 years as a Professional Engineer.

Just importantly, I have acted as the moderator between my engineering clients and their governing entities.  It is that moderating that will enable me to legislate in a way that helps our businesses to grow while protecting our community.

Mary Throne (D), HD 11: As a parent, I have been involved in my children’s schools and currently serve as an at-large member of the Laramie County School District’s parent advisory committee.  My participation on this committee allows me to hear from parents around the district about issues they see in their schools and to share with them the education issues before the Legislature.   In my professional life, I am an attorney with a practice that focuses on natural resource issues.  I have served as an Assistant Attorney General representing the Wyoming Air Quality Division, have been a trustee for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and have written or spoken on a variety of topics related to the environmental regulation of our natural resource industry.  This expertise has been invaluable to me as a legislator.

Harlan Edmonds (R), HD 12: Most of my jobs have been in the public sector and I have dealt with the public on a daily basis through most of my career. I also serve others and my community through my church, charitable contributions, and by participating in public debate about current issues. I have served as a Republican precinct captain for the last decade, and have stood by my wife Amy during her three terms in the Legislature. Experiencing this and the long hours of analysis required with her on a daily basis have given me much insight into how Wyoming’s government works (and how it doesn’t). I think this has well prepared me to serve in the Legislature without most of the usual Freshman pitfalls. Thanks for this opportunity to answer your questions.

Lee Filer (D), HD 12: I serve in the Wyoming Air National Guard and have also been an active member in my union. I stay active in the district and attend local city and county meetings whenever possible. I own a small business and I’m also the father of three beautiful children so I stay active in the school district.

Ken Esquibel , HD 44: I have been on the Board of Directors with Cheyenne Depot Museum Foundation since before I was first elected. By seeing how nonprofits can benefit their communities, I have learned how to incorporate these groups into serving my constituents. and informing my colleagues about the availability of those services. Legislators can also encourage agencies to work with nonprofits to provide services that we feel is in the best interest of our citizens.

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