LYMAN — A packed house was on hand for the forum for the gubernatorial candidates and candidates for Senate District 15 and House District 19 Tuesday night at the Lyman Town Hall.
This year has a bumper crop of candidates vying for the governor’s job, which will go to someone new as Governor Matt Mead has served two terms. Six Republicans, four Democrats and one Conservative have thrown their hats in to try to capture the brass ring in November’s general election. However, the numbers will narrow following the Primary Election on Aug. 21. Four of the Republicans – Bill Dahlin, Foster Friess, Harriet M. Hageman, and Taylor Haynes; one Democrat, Mary A. Throne; and one Conservative, Rex Rammell – were on hand Tuesday night for the forum. As for the Republican slate, Same E. Galeotos, a businessman from Cheyenne, and Mark Gordon, a rancher, small businessman and Wyoming's State Treasurer, weren’t on hand to speak but had representatives in attendance to promote their campaigns. Both have been considered front-runners on the Republican ticket, according to analysts. Hageman has also been considered a strong candidate based on her career as an attorney and some of the cases she has won standing up for Wyoming’s values.
The candidates on hand gave some information on their backgrounds and campaigns.
The candidates were asked a series of questions on issues such as the state’s economy, funding for education, health care and government transparency.
Basically, all supported better government leadership, more transparency or ‘open the books’ of state government and the need to maintain a quality health system, even though it may not be the current one. In addition, they talked of the need of quality education and infrastructure to keep the state competitive.
Also on hand was Nathan Winters, who is running for the position of state auditor. He said he was from Thermopolis, was a pastor and a state representative. He said it was important for people in Wyoming to know how the money is spent. He also said, “What we need is leadership.”
Candidates for governor at the Forum Tuesday night are (l to r): Harriet Hageman, Mary Throne, Foster Friess, Rex Rammell, Taylor Haynes and Bill Dahlin. PIONEER PHOTO/Virginia Giorgis