The most important race whose outcome is uncertain in the August primary election is the governor's race. On the Republican side, we are blessed that each of the three leading candidates in the polls would make an excellent governor. In a choice between Sam Galeotos, Mark Gordon and Harriet Hageman, we can't go wrong.
Each of these candidates is in the mainstream of the Republican Party in terms of their political stands. Sam Galeotos has a successful business career and good ideas on economic development that would survive the next mineral boom and bust cycle. Mark Gordon is a rancher who has been successful as our state treasurer and thus has experience in elected office the other two don't. If the political mail arriving in my mailbox is evidence, Galeotos and Gordon have more personal wealth to spend on the campaign. Harriet Hagemen is a successful attorney specializing in water law and fighting the federal government. My judgment is that she is more conservative than the other two when it comes to spending money. This is important because Wyoming government is currently spending more than we are taking in. For the current two year budget period, the deficit was expected to be between 18 and 19 percent as of the end of the Legislature's budget session; the recent increase in the price of oil has reduced this projected deficit to about 10 percent. We have the reserves to cover the deficit, but those reserves will run our during the next governor's term if nothing is changed. I think Ms. Hageman understands better how to work with the Legislature to get things done. In addition, she has more practical understanding of and sympathy for some of our most disadvantaged citizens. Her parents were saints who took in many foster children. Harriet as a "sibling" and an attorney has had the practical experience of dealing with the problems of these, now adult, former foster children.
For these reasons, I think Harriet Hageman is the best choice and I will vote for her. However, I repeat any one of these three would make an excellent governor and I will be happy to support whoever wins in November.