Liz Cheney (Republican)

How does your personal and professional background match the requirements of this position?

As Wyoming’s lone voice in the U.S. House of Representatives, I have championed conservative reform to create jobs, cut taxes and regulation, expand Wyoming’s energy, mining and ag industries and restore the strength and power of our nation’s standing in the world. I have kept my campaign promise to work with President Trump to reduce the size of government and roll back harmful regulations that hurt Wyoming’s economy and amounted to a war on our way of life. As a proud constitutional conservative, I have co-sponsored legislation that would crack down on illegal immigration, preserve the constitutional rights of gun owners across America by expanding concealed carry reciprocity and protect life with bills that expand the Hyde Amendment, defund Planned Parenthood and ensure Obamacare doesn’t provide taxpayer funds for abortion.

What do you believe are the most pressing issues facing Wyoming and the United States and how will you address them?

We must continue to cut taxes, reduce regulation, restore our military and put policies in place to generate economic growth and create jobs. We need to defend our constitutional rights and protect the unborn. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I have led the fight in congress to ensure we provide our military with the resources necessary to keep our nation safe. We must also ensure we are taking care of our veterans and providing them the care they have earned and been promised. We repealed regulations that harmed our community banks and lower tax rates. These reforms have led to more than 2.6 million new jobs and the lowest unemployment rate in 17 years. I will continue to work to defend Wyoming’s families, our economy and our way of life.

What do you believe the proper role of federal government is?

The federal government has become far too large and intrusive. I’ll continue to work to cut its size and stop federal overreach. My first bill signed into law by President Trump overturned Planning 2.0, a federal power grab that would have expanded the control exercised by environmental groups and bureaucrats over our land. In the 115th Congress, in addition to Planning 2.0, we used the Congressional Review Act to undo other Obama-era rules, including the Stream Buffer Rule and the OSHA Power Grab Rule. I also introduced legislation that would prevent moratoriums on coal leases on federal land without congressional approval, reform the Equal Access to Justice Act, restore Wyoming’s full share of our mineral royalty revenues, and defend the rights of our ranchers to their grazing allotments.

Rod Miller (Republican)

How does your personal and professional background match the requirements of this position?

The only requirements for this position are articulated in Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution. I meet them all.

What do you believe are the most pressing issues facing Wyoming and the United States and how will you address them?

The most pressing issue for the nation, and indeed Wyoming, is the $21 trillion worth of red ink on our national balance sheet and a Congress that adds to it every budget cycle. This is a MUCH more important problem than “where can I carry my gun” or “who can bake which kind of wedding cake.” This debt load can bury us and I’ll act whenever I can to reduce it.

What do you believe the proper role of federal government is?

The proper role of the federal government is, likewise, articulated in the U.S. Constitution. If elected, I will swear an oath to uphold that Constitution. That is, quite frankly, the only valid answer to this question. I expected more probing and insightful questions to a Congressional candidate than these, but so be it...these are my answers. Please print them verbatim.

Travis Helm (Democrat)

How does your personal and professional background match the requirements of this position?

Voters can be confident in me because I have solid Wyoming connections and credentials. I grew-up on family ranch, pulling calves in spring snowstorms. I worked in residential and commercial construction and I cleaned, painted and repaired cars before going on to law school. I’m proud of my UW College of Law education and know it will serve us well in Congress. As a lawmaker, it’s important to have an understanding and awareness of the unforeseen consequences of passing a law. I believe we would be well served to spend every other year editing and erasing ineffective laws.

What do you believe are the most pressing issues facing Wyoming and the United States and how will you address them?

The problem of big money in politics is the most pressing problem we face because it disrupts the fundamental relationship between Americans and our elected officials. In most state or federal elections, candidates must raise massive amounts of money to even be competitive. Rather than solely considering the interests of constituents, legislators must be aware of how their votes will affect their campaign contributions in the next election cycle. Legislators spend an enormous amount of time fundraising rather than working on critical issues and serving their constituents. According to one estimate Congressional representatives spend 30 hours a week raising money! When our representatives are spending that much time fundraising and catering to their biggest donors, We The People are the ones left out.

I am advocating for a 28th amendment to the United States Constitution to overturn the 2010 United States Supreme Court decision Citizens United v. FEC, and thereby create space for national and state-level campaign finance reform. Our elected officials at every level of government should work for Wyoming, and not for their wealthy donors.

What do you believe the proper role of federal government is?

The federal government was established (and the Constitution was adopted) to form a more perfect union, establish Justice, ensure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.

The two primary roles of the federal government are to carry out the enumerated powers provided in the Constitution and protect the individual liberties established in the Bill of Rights. The Constitution establishes the enumerated powers delegated to the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of the federal government. The 10th Amendment provides that those powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Greg Hunter (Democrat)

How does your personal and professional background match the requirements of this position?

My experience consulting for federal agencies has demonstrated to me that changing the U.S. House of Representatives is the key to changing America. Much of the electorate despises Congress and some call for the passage of term limits, but the founders granted us the ability to send 435 new representatives to Washington every two years. We, the people, are not doing our duty, if we think our country needs a new direction. The country does need a new direction and new vision of a Congressman. A Congressman’s first and foremost responsibility is to ensure that the taxpayer’s money is spent efficiently and effectively. Due to my vast experience with federal agencies, including the USFS, DOD and the VA, I am uniquely qualified to help these agencies become more efficient at delivering services, which will help liberate the business of Wyoming and America.

What do you believe are the most pressing issues facing Wyoming and the United States and how will you address them?

My work and life experiences have provided me an excellent foundation for helping Wyoming in the U.S. House. Our imperative need for energy extraction and delivery must be balanced with environmental concerns as well as the rural lifestyle that Wyomingites hold dear. I will work within the federal agencies and with Wyoming businesses to advance the industries important to tourism, agriculture and energy delivery. Wyoming’s assets sell themselves and I would be a strong advocate to bring people together to advance these industries.

What do you believe the proper role of federal government is?

I believe the role of the federal government, as envisioned by the founders, is outlined in the preamble to the Constitution: to provide for the general welfare and common defense. Many in our state feel we have greatly expanded the notion of common defense while not embracing the idea of general welfare for our citizens. It is critical that government provides healthcare for its citizens and continues to maintain public lands in Wyoming that can be used freely by all. The federal government should set a reasonable standard and allow states the flexibility to meet those standards, just as the 10th Amendment intended. I will always use Constitutional values to guide my decisions made on your behalf and I ask for your support on election day.

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