CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Cap City News has sent out a questionnaire to those running in the primary election in August. The following are the answers from JC Manalo, who is running for Senate District 7. Answers are edited only for clarity and style.
Who are you? (Name, where you’re from, employment, hobbies, etc.)
I am JC Manalo and I am originally from Las Vegas. I moved to Cheyenne in 2017 and have been married for 15 years. Between my wife and I, we have 10 children and 21 grandchildren. I am currently the District Manager for our local paper, the Wyoming Tribune Eagle. I am an animal lover and have had pets all my life.
Why have you decided to run for office and what do you hope to accomplish should you be elected?
I have decided to run for this office to ensure conservative policies are put in place in my district. I want legislation that will benefit consumers in my district, like, for example, choice of gas which enables the customer to choose their power company, therefore lowering the cost of their power bills to the minimum. I also want legislation that would provide more tax cuts to businesses that provide employment locally.
How do you plan on accomplishing your goals?
I plan to attain these goals by presenting to my constituents and my peers in the senate the benefits it will have in our community.
What experience do you have that qualifies you for the office you are seeking?
My experience in running dozens of stores where I had as many as 50 team members to manage. I have been managing people almost my whole life, helping them succeed in their goals. I was also the vice president for manufacturing equipment, making decisions that had positive impacts on the company I was working for.
Do you feel you could be a good steward with taxpayer dollars? Why or why not?
Yes, I would be the best candidate with regards to the steward of tax dollars. I am frugal with financial matters and would always want the best deal for my money.
On the issue of transparency, where do you stand on ensuring all public business is conducted openly and in a manner that encourages public attendance?
Transparency is important for me. Public businesses should always be open for my constituents’ scrutiny. I will encourage the citizenry to attend and witness dealings that would have an effect on their everyday lives.
Do you believe the office or board position you seek has been open and honest with the public? If yes, how can the entity remain open and transparent when conducting public business moving forward? If no, what changes would you implement to ensure that all future dealings are open and transparent?
It hasn’t been as open as I would prefer it to be. I will invite the citizenry to witness and participate in public businesses.
If you were presiding over a meeting and a topic was being discussed that you didn’t fully understand, would you ask for a more detailed explanation during the meeting or would you seek the information after the meeting?
It depends if it needed further research. If it can be answered and there would be no need for further research then I would prefer it be settled in the meeting itself rather than afterward.
Should you be elected, or reelected, do you plan on seeking any major policy changes in your chosen office? If yes, what would those changes be? If no, why not?
I would plan to have a more conservative policy than the incumbent.
Marijuana legalization, or at the very least decriminalization, is on the minds of the public and public officials alike. Where do you stand on marijuana legalization? What would your office’s stance be if marijuana was decriminalized?
As a conservative, I would favor marijuana legalization only for medicinal purposes and not for recreational. I would not favor totally decriminalizing it, but removing the ridiculous sentencing one gets by engaging in it.
Should you be elected, or reelected, where do you stand on the issue of constitutional vs. community policing?
I would prefer community policing as it puts police work to the specific needs of a community.