What goes on behind the scenes

We the Candidate get many questionnaires as we run our races.  Sometimes we can get as many as 15-20 questionnaire and many are lengthy.  These come from PACs and Special Interest Groups all over the country.  Some come with a caveat of giving the candidate some type of endorsement or financial gain to get the candidate to fill them out.  Some come with a demanding, threatening attitude behind them and you just wonder should you or should you not fill them out.  You know you do not agree with anything these groups stand for you so you make a command decision in not to fill them out period.  You know you will never get their endorsement, nor do they do not have your best interest in mind. 

To be fair, some groups send in a questionnaire simply to know your stance on an issue.  Do not however take all answers as gospel.  You may answer a question one way, but until you get into a civil debate on the floor or during a committee with several other people, you may be persuaded to change your mind.  Be kind to your candidates who do not fill out every questionnaire.  They can be time consuming and while you are trying to run a campaign, you just may not be able to take time to fill them all out.

As for the Wyoming Tribune Eagle, they sent out a questionnaire that I thought was decent, so I filled it out.  As you will see they just wanted answers to a few questions.  They were important enough that I thought you should see them now, instead of two weeks before the election, August 21, 2018.  So many of you may have voted before then, so I am giving you a chance to see my answers in an extended version, because we were given limited space to fill out the questionnaire.  

I hope these answers help you make a better decision before you go to the polls, Where I would certainly appreciate your vote.

Thank you,


WTE Questionnaire
Because this is my sight & I have no word limits I have expanded on the answers a bit and put them in Green

1.      Why are you running for this office? (50 words) I’m running because District 5 residents have expressed the need for a new Senator who better represents their values, values like transparency, cutting government spendings, resisting tax increases (especially a State Income Tax), supporting 2nd Amendment rights, and respecting the sanctity of human life.  Senator Emerich voted against these values.   

2.       What distinguishes you from your opponents? (50 words) I understand and respect the proper role of government. I demonstrated as a State Representative that I posses the necessary fortitude to withstand attempts to enlarge and enhance the role of government.  I have also proven that I am constituent-centered, accessible, and dedicated to upholding Wyoming Republican Party Principles.  The WY and U.S. Constitutions are what we should base our laws on as law-makers not on emotions/feelings.  Every law should pass the principles of liberty questions our Forefathers laid out in these documents for us.  Mainly, does the law make us more dependent on the government or more free from its control?

3.       What do you think is the most important issue in this race? (50 words)  From my perspective, the most important issue is the issue the residents in Senate District 5 thinks is the most important.   Overwhelmingly, the most important issue is NO STATE INCOME TAX.

4.       Is economic diversification a priority for you? If so, how would you go about helping to diversify the state’s economy? (75 words) The vast majority of the hundreds of people I’ve talked to believe in the Free market system—where people invest their own money in projects they deem worthy.  People instinctively understand that we invest our own money far more prudently than when government spends other people’s money (the Taxpayer’s money).  As a state Senator my role in diversifying the economy should be minimal—supporting minimal legislation, creating a fair and business-friendly environment.    

5.       How do you plan to address education funding challenges? (75 words)  Students, parents, teachers and funding are critical to education. The consistent narrative is “throw more money at education so we can get better results."   Other states spend less and get better academic achievement.  As a legislator my focus will be on how to provide excellence in education without simply increasing funding.  My focus might involve educational choice, creative delivery models using information technology, and bringing parents back as key stakeholders in the decision-making process.  FYI - Article 7 of the Wyoming Constitution address funding issues specifically for our schools.  During the last election in 2014 four mailers were sent out stating I voted against school facilities funding (HB0042).  These mailers lied to you.  I voted "Yes" on school facilities funding.  http://www.wyoleg.gov/Legislation/2014/HB0042   review the final vote.

6.       How important is providing commercial air service to Wyoming communities? If it’s important, how would you make it happen? If not, why not? (75 words)   The importance of any business in a community should be determined by the private market, not by government, and in this case, specifically by an airline and potential passengers.  If a given Wyoming community can demonstrate sufficient interest in air travel and an airline is willing to provide service at affordable rates, no subsidy of any kind is needed from government.  No need to force many taxpayers to subsidize air travel for just a few.   

7.       How do you plan to address challenges related to providing health care to all Wyoming residents? (75 words)  My plan as legislator should be minimal at best.  According to Article 7, Section 20, of the Wyoming Constitution,  it is the duty of the legislature to protect and promote the health and morality of the people,  not to provide health care.  I would promote health insurance purchases across state lines, more competition and transparency in physician pricing along with health care savings accounts.  I also like the idea of Provider/Patient personal payment plans.  As I spoke with some in District 5 over coffee, we discussed Telemedicine, which I found a very viable options to many of the rural health care needs.  Also the probability of perhaps building steel buildings and housing helecopters with medical teams on a rotating or on call basis like EMTs. This would save time and money in lieu of building a complete hospital in ever community.  The possiblities are limitless.

8.       How would you promote transparency, if elected? (75 words)  To promote transparency I would support that every legislative vote taken be open, recorded and available to the public, including committee meeting votes.  I would support legislation to create a budget that was more streamlined--easier for the public to understand, helping them be fully informed.  Furthermore, our State checkbook should be open and available online in such a way that everyone in Wyoming can see for themselves where every dime is spent.  Openthebooks.com - Why should we as taxpayers not be able to see with just a click what is going on in Wyoming State Government?  This is a simple question and this site is helping to provide some of the answers.  But we need to be more transparent with our public information so the citizens can be informed.