Finances, Energy and Second Amendment Focus of Forum

Candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives at the forum. From left, Leland Christensen, Daniel Cummings, Ryan Greene, Charlie Hardy, Darin Smith and Tim Stubson. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives at the forum. From left, Leland Christensen, Daniel Cummings, Ryan Greene, Charlie Hardy, Darin Smith and Tim Stubson. (Photo by Pat Blair)

State and federal finances, energy development in Wyoming and the Second Amendment right to bear arms were a focus of questions aimed at state and federal candidates Tuesday night in the first of two candidates' forums sponsored by the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce.

A second forum for county and municipal candidates will be tonight at the Wesleyan Church on Brundage Lane.

Sen. Dave Kinskey, who is running for re-election to State District 22 unopposed on the Republican ballot, said Wyoming is faced with great danger.

Steven Cain, Republican candidate for State House District 29, said the federal government for too long has been overreaching into peoples' lives. Cain's opponent, District 29 incumbent and Republican Mark Kinner, said one of his goals is the diversification of Wyoming's economy.

Mark Jennings, House District 30 incumbent, said both the federal and Wyoming state governments have become too large. Gail Symons, who's running against him on the Republican ballot, said Wyoming is in the midst of financial turmoil. Val Burgess, running for the seat unopposed on the Democrats' ballot, also suggested diversification of Wyoming's economy, said education needs to be funded and said she believes in Medicaid expansion in the state.

Others at Tuesday's forum included Alfred Weeden, running for House District 40 on the Republican ballot. District 40 incumbent, Republican Michael Madden, wasn't at the forum, nor was Greg Haas, the lone Democratic candidate. All three candidates for House District 51 were present. Incumbent Rosie Berger is challenged by Republican Bo Biteman on the Republican ticket, and Democrat Hollis Hackman is running unopposed.

Six of the candidates for Wyoming's sole U.S. House seat attended the event. They included Republicans Leland Christensen, Darin Smith and Tim Stubson, Democrats Ryan Greene and Charlie Hardy, and Constitution Party candidate Daniel Clyde Cummings. Republicans Liz Cheney and Mike Konsmo and Libertarian Lawrence Struempf did not attend.

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State Representative District 29 candidates, Mark Kinner, incumbent, and Steven Cain. (Photo by Pat Blair)
State Representative District 29 candidates, Mark Kinner, incumbent, and Steven Cain. (Photo by Pat Blair)
State Representative District 51 candidates from left, Rosie Berger, Bo Biteman and Hollis Hackman. (Photo by Pat Blair)
State Representative District 51 candidates from left, Rosie Berger, Bo Biteman and Hollis Hackman. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Dave Kinskey, running unopposed for re-election as state senator, District 22. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Dave Kinskey, running unopposed for re-election as state senator, District 22. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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