CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Gov. Mark Gordon’s focus is on keeping Wyoming an energy state, the incumbent told Politics in the Park attendees Thursday.
Gordon came a day after other gubernatorial candidates spoke, citing a scheduling conflict that took him to Gillette for a conference, to express his desire to serve Wyoming for another term. He said he is “completely committed to Wyoming.”
“When I took this job, I said that Wyoming energy had to be first and foremost; we were an energy state,” Gordon said, “and now I’m saying why are our energy prices as high as they are? And it’s quite clear that it’s because this Biden administration has put a ban on almost every energy source that you can imagine.”
The third Politics in the Park also featured Robyn Belinskey, another challenger against Republican U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney. Harriet Hageman, a Cheyenne trial attorney who is challenging Cheney and who is backed by former President Donald Trump, spoke at the first Politics in the Park on June 20.
“This is a race that is not about Cheney or even President Trump. This is about our state,” Belinskey said. “This is about having actual representation of our state. So we need to have that a high priority.”
R. Mark Armstrong, Dan Dockstader, Charles Gray, and Tara Nethercott, all Republican candidates for Wyoming secretary of state, expressed similar political sentiments and offered information on their diverse backgrounds and qualifications.
Dan Zwonitzer and Clayton “Leroy” Mills both presented their reasons as to why they should be the representative for House District 43. Zwonitzer, who has served nine terms, wants to serve the community for a 10th term, saying, “I still have a couple of good years left to me to try to devote to the state and make a difference for the people of Wyoming.”
Mills said he is running because “we need to be taken care of. We need people in this office that are going to stand up, for it is our constitutional right that we have our own freedoms and our rights to choose. So that’s why I’m running, just short and simple.”
Candidates Matthew Malcom, Daniel Singh, and Don Odom, who are running for Wyoming’s new House District 61, introduced themselves to the crowd.
Politics in the Park has been completed for the month of June, but will be returning on July 13 and 14 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lions Park Amphitheater.