Gosar for Governor
Governor of Wyoming in WY https://www.gosarforgovernor.com/
1909 Warren Ave.
Primary Election Date: 2014-08-19 General Election Date: 2014-11-04
Who am I?
I am the seventh of ten children born to a homemaker and an oil field geologist. I am a lifelong Wyoming resident and was raised in a small, western Wyoming town. My parents stressed the importance of an education to each of us, and they sacrificed a great deal for my education. They felt very strongly about each of us graduating from college, and I am proud to say that every one of us has done so.
I graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in Secondary Education and returned to my hometown to teach Social Studies. Two years later, I returned to a community college in New Mexico and began to work on my pilot ratings with the hope of becoming a professional pilot. I graduated with an Associates Degree in Aviation Technology and got a job as a commuter pilot, which I continued until I was hired by the Wyoming Transportation Department. I have worked for the DOT for nearly a decade, six years of which has been as the Operations Officer. In that capacity, I was responsible for the scheduling and daily operations of an eleven member, flight department. Additionally, I am a small business owner, and I co-own and operate a small aircraft management company with my brother.
Though my work history is important, I am defined more by my life outside of work. I believe in community service, and I have been a volunteer for the local free, medical clinic for the last 10 years. Three years ago, I became a board member of the clinic, which has had an immeasurable impact on my life. My time at the clinic has made me aware of many of the unnecessary shortcomings of our healthcare system and with the health-related poverty in Wyoming.
I also serve on the Wyoming State Board of Education, an appointed position within state government. I currently serve as the Treasurer of the board. My service has given me a more complete understanding of the importance of opportunity and the power of education. I have the privilege of serving with a group of dedicated professionals and I am honored by the experience.
Why am I running?
I am running for Governor of Wyoming because I believe that there is a more hopeful future for Wyoming, but we will need to improve public policy. I believe that the people of Wyoming will need to focus on economic diversity, education and equality to embrace the challenges of the 21st century, and the current leadership offers only status quo rather than a positive vision for the future of our state.
As an extractive resource state, we are near the top in emissions per capita. Our elected officials govern based on the idea that our extractive industries can continue as they always have, even though the energy markets are calling for fewer and fewer emissions. We must choose to accept the challenge of reducing the emissions of our traditional energy sources and we will have to diversify our energy portfolio. To continue on this current path will have dire consequences for Wyoming. Additionally, we will need to use our business council to invest in our local small businesses. We will have to leverage our financial resources to make sure that the local businesses in Wyoming are financially stable, innovative and sustainable.
If elected, I will work to expand healthcare access and affordability, expand opportunity for education from preschool through college and diversify Wyoming's economy towards environmental sustainability.
I've volunteered at a free clinic and served as a board member and served as the Chairman of the state Democratic Party advocating for Medicaid Expansion. If elected governor, I would work with the Department of Health and legislature to Expand Medicaid and focus on access issues.
I have been a teacher and Board of Education member, as governor, I would work for universal pre-k, 21st century standards, and college affordability which according to our state Constitution should be "as free as possible".
I am an avid outdoorsman and enjoy Wyoming's pristine open spaces. As governor, I would work with business and community leaders to find innovative solutions that will make Wyoming's economy more diverse and encourage growth, especially in small and medium-size businesses.
My DFA Values
We are bringing attention to Wyoming's gender-based wage gap--the worst in the country with a campaign called "Wyoming Women are Worth It". It's a combination of traditional and digital/social media. Wyoming families are more secure when women earn equal pay for equal work.
Our campaign is addressing the issue of economic security by focusing on long-term, sustainable energy innovation, a broader and more diverse source of revenues by encouraging pro-growth policies for small businesses.
We are focused on expanding opportunity and access to education to all ages, from early childhood to job training. Families and communities are most free and secure when citizens have opportunities to earn living wages and access to affordable, high-quality pre-school.
My Campaign is People Powered!
The Gosar for Governor campaign is about people and is fueled by people. We do not rely on signs, ads and traditional tired political campaign tactics. We look to where people are getting their information in today’s world, social media. We are connecting with people in non-traditional and modern mechanisms that relate to everyday folks. The slick money-centered politics of yesterday do not relate to the Wyoming of today.
Our campaign is fueled by a dedicated team of close confidants, a small staff, and thousands of people who want to see a different Wyoming. It focuses on a new vision for Wyoming that brings this great State into a modern century.
The issues facing Wyoming are people centered: narrowing the wage gap disparity, which is the worst in the country; expanding Medicaid, which the current Wyoming legislature and the incumbent rejected and left 18000 people without health care; raising the minimum wage for hard working Wyoming folks, and improving workplace safety in our oil and gas fields, where a person dies every 10 days.