I officially announced my candidacy for governor on Jan. 16, 2018, and have since driven over 38,000 miles. To put that number in context, that’s equivalent to driving the perimeter of Wyoming THIRTY TIMES over.
This journey has caused me to reflect on two key truths, both of which I already knew but didn’t fully grasp until now. Firstly, the cell phone reception in certain parts of Wyoming leaves much to be desired. Secondly, we truly live in the most spectacular state in the Union. It has been an incredible experience and I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to meet with you, the citizens of Wyoming, and to learn about your families, ideas, hopes, challenges and dreams. Your encouragement, faith and advice have made me a better person, a better candidate and a better leader. I am proud of the campaign that we have run, and I want to thank all of our volunteers, cheerleaders and supporters.
Despite what’s been said by my opponents, we have run a substantive and positive campaign. Yes, I’ve challenged the records of the other candidates, and in so doing have exposed some of the clear policy differences that exist between us. I’ve also shown that I’m willing to fight; to stand up for truth when no one else will. My opponents have tried to strike back, but they’ve recruited surrogates to do that work for them. If Mark Gordon really didn’t like my policy proposals, why didn’t he challenge me on the debate stage? Recruiting retired Sen. Al Simpson to attack me on the editorial pages seems like (in Al’s own words) an “act of desperation.” It also does nothing to educate Wyoming voters, as a substantive policy discussion during a televised debate might have done.
I have sought to draw contrast in a crowded field of “conservative” candidates. For doing so, and much to the chagrin of my poor husband, I’ve been called some nasty names. However, contrary to the other candidates, my record has never been questioned. That’s because everything I’ve said on the campaign trail and everything that I plan to do as governor, is rooted in a career-long history of fighting to achieve those same goals. Voters know I will challenge job-killing regulations because I’ve spent my career doing so on behalf of Wyoming businesses. Voters know I will be an advocate for Wyoming minerals and agriculture because I’ve spoken about the risks of energy and food poverty throughout the country. Voters know I will be a champion for wildlife because I successfully fought for Wyoming’s right to manage wolves. Voters know me and they know my record.
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I have spent the last seven months laying out my vision for Wyoming. I have issued comprehensive policy positions detailing my commitment to upholding the U.S. and Wyoming Constitutions, the Republican Platform and Resolutions, a child’s right to life at conception and a gun owner’s right to self-defense. I have described my vision for prosperity in Wyoming – a vision based upon reducing regulatory burdens; on being the most family and business-friendly state in the nation; on rebalancing the federal/state relationship and taking power out of D.C.; and on rekindling the American ideals of freedom, liberty, personal responsibility and personal autonomy.
I recognize, however, that simply having a vision for prosperity doesn’t make me qualified to be governor. For that, we need someone with the guts to challenge the status quo and the knowledge to implement an effective administration.
I believe that I have made a strong case that I am the only candidate with the guts to challenge the status quo. But what people often forget is that any new governor is only as good as the people he or she appoints to manage the state’s various agencies and departments. It’s critically important that these people are from Wyoming, understand Wyoming and share the governor’s vision for Wyoming. My wide-reaching work in this state has equipped me to fill those positions with brilliant Wyomingites who have been in the trenches alongside me, fighting for a return to constitutional governance and fiscal responsibility.
Above all, I am prepared to step into office as an advocate for this state, bringing to bear all of the policy knowledge and regulatory expertise that is necessary to free our industries, municipalities, hospitals, colleges, school districts and families to develop innovative solutions to Wyoming issues. I can’t solve all of the problems, but I can create an atmosphere in which private enterprise, and more specifically Wyoming people, can solve them.
I ask for your vote on or before Aug. 21 because the future of Wyoming will be shaped by the next administration, and I look forward to shaping that future as your next governor.
Harriet M. Hageman, candidate for governor of the State of Wyoming
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