GOP Forum Series – Leadership Style

The Sibley Room at the Sheridan Holiday Inn filled up to standing room only Saturday for the GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Forum.
The Sibley Room at the Sheridan Holiday Inn filled up to standing room only Saturday for the GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Forum.

The four GOP gubernatorial candidates spoke at a forum Saturday morning, hosted by the Wyoming Association of Broadcasters. Sheridan Media's Mary Jo Johnson has part two of a series.


Of the many topics covered in the 90-minute forum, one of the questions posed dealt with each candidates' leadership style, and if they had a military background.

Ron Micheli said that he considers himself a “Ronald Reagan Conservative,” who views his role to focus on the fiscal responsibility of the state, while surrounding himself with strong leaders to take care of the various departments and agencies who can do their jobs without him micro-managing them.

Rita Meyer told the audience that she has led troops in two combat zones with the Air National Guard. She said that the office of governor has 1,400 department heads and the power to appoint many to state agencies. She said that gives the governor a huge span of control, and the people the governor chooses reflects the governor's philosophy. She added that if department heads or appointees are not doing what they're assigned, she would remove them.

Candidate Matt Mead shared that he was not in politics prior to running for governor, but as US Attorney for Wyoming, he had to make major decisions with a willingness to live by them. He said that he is running as a citizen and for the citizens, with no personal agenda. His leadership style is to be bold, courageous and to ask, 'is this the right thing to do?' for Wyoming residents.

And House Speaker Colin Simpson said that while he has no military history, he has long supported the Wyoming Army National Guard, the activities at Camp Guernsey, and the Military Trust Fund which provides services to military families. Simpson said that his running for the office of governor is “not about me,” and that he wants to be a great ambassador for the state of Wyoming.

With part 2 of my series on the GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Forum, for sheridanmedia.com news, I'm Mary Jo Johnson reporting.

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