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 Lily Sharpe, who is running for House District 8. Answers are edited only for clarity and style.
Who are you? (Name, where you’re from, employment, hobbies, etc.)
My name is Lily Sharpe. I’m a grandmother, mother, and wife with a common-sense view on low taxes, a high level of freedom, and protecting Wyoming’s quality of life for families. I grew up in Lander, Wyoming, where I spent my youth working hard on the family ranch. I’m a self-starter. After high school, I attended the University of Wyoming and went on to earn my law degree from Notre Dame Law School. My husband and I have lived in Laramie County for over 30 years. We have four adult children, who all attended Wyoming public schools. I served as a staff attorney for the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office, the U.S. District Court, and the Wyoming Legislature. I served as Wyoming’s State Court Administrator for six years.
Why have you decided to run for office and what do you hope to accomplish should you be elected?
I am running for office because I am deeply concerned for our state’s working families and seniors on fixed incomes in the face of costs that seem to rise daily when it comes to food, fuel, and property taxes. It’s too much and we need solutions. If elected, I will fight for lower taxes and less regulation, and work for solutions to help our community and our state through these economic struggles.
How do you plan on accomplishing your goals?
I will work tirelessly to keep taxes low and to keep our state strong. We are a small state with great might and determination. We just need true conservative leadership to support our existing workforces, while creating an economically friendly environment to encourage businesses to locate and expand in Wyoming.
What experience do you have that qualifies you for the office you are seeking?
Through my service in the judicial and legislative branches of government, I have developed the skills to not only draft legislation, but to advocate the successful adoption of strong, common-sense laws. The relationships I have developed will equip me with the skill sets to be an effective legislator from the start. Those skills will make an immediate impact to fix our economy and represent my constituents.
Do you feel you could be a good steward with taxpayer dollars? Why or why not?
Absolutely. Skyrocketing inflation and declining energy revenues require good stewardship of limited dollars now more than ever. I understand the budgeting process and the need to be fiscally conservative in lean times and in prosperous times.
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?
Good government requires transparency and public participation. The public should not only be encouraged to participate in their government; governmental entities should use all reasonable means to make participation easy.
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?
The Wyoming Legislature and the Legislative Service Office have done an excellent job making public participation accessible and encouraging participation. It is now possible to attend meetings and legislative sessions electronically. But that work needs constant attention and improvement, which I will support.
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?
Yes. I will ask for more information during the meeting and if constituents need more information to understand, I will seek out additional information for them so it is made available to the public and all involved. Government must be transparent and responsive.
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?
Yes. I will fight for property tax solutions, less regulation, and solutions to help working families and seniors on fixed incomes suffering from the effects of inflation.
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?
I do not support legalizing marijuana.
Should you be elected, or reelected, where do you stand on the issue of constitutional vs. community policing?
Wyoming enjoys a mixture of constitutional and community policing, which I will continue to support. We must all work together to keep our communities safe. Wyoming is lucky in many ways because it is small and we respect our freedoms. We understand and support the role of our law enforcement officers because they are our neighbors and friends.