Meet Your Candidates: Secretary of State

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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) – We reached out via email and phone to all candidates filing for the Secretary of State race in Wyoming. Below are the candidates running who responded to our request. The information below is written by the candidates and unedited by Wyoming News Now.

REPUBLICAN PRIMARY CANDIDATES

NAME: MARK ARMSTRONG

Wyoming Secretary of State Candidate - Mark Armstrong
Wyoming Secretary of State Candidate – Mark Armstrong(Mark Armstrong)

AGE: 65

OCCUPATION: Petroleum Engineer / Geologist / Geotechnical Engineer

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE:  Current State Committeeman for Albany County who is working hard to make sure people have good choices in representation for Albany County.  Former City Councilman where I held government workers accountable and advocated for projects that did not meet current zoning requirements responsible.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN WYOMING?  Born in Laramie Wyoming to a third generation, making me a fourth-generation Cowboy.  Coach Corbett is my great grandfather.  I have worked on projects overseas, and major projects in Wyoming and other states.

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING?  The people deserve better representation.

WHAT IS WYOMING’S BIGGEST CHALLENGE RIGHT NOW?  The federal government impact on production of Natural Resources.  Liberal left activists using NEPA and the Courts to undermine the Commerce Clause, Private Property Rights, and individual freedom.

NAME: CHUCK GRAY

Wyoming Secretary of State Candidate - Chuck Gray
Wyoming Secretary of State Candidate – Chuck Gray(David Graf)

AGE: 32

OCCUPATION: Radio broadcaster

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: State legislator since 2017

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING? We need election integrity in Wyoming. I’m the only candidate who has a proven track record on this, having passed voter ID law in 2017. We must ban ballot drop boxes, the only candidate to have done that.

NAME: TARA NETHERCOTT

Wyoming Secretary of State Candidate - Tara Nethercott
Wyoming Secretary of State Candidate – Tara Nethercott(Tara Nethercott)

AGE: 40

OCCUPATION: Attorney

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: State Senator, 6 years

HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN WYOMING? 40 Years

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING? I was born here, raised here, and chose to build my life in Wyoming. I care deeply about this state and am running to build a stronger Wyoming. My experience as a small business owner and practicing attorney in corporate formations combined with my passion for election integrity and consumer/investor protections make me uniquely qualified. As a state senator, I have chosen to serve on the corporations and elections committee, the home committee to the secretary of state’s office. For the last 6 years, I have worked and advanced every election and corporation related law that has been enacted for this time. I served on the Secretary of State’s task force to replace aging voting equipment, ensuring that Wyoming’s voting equipment is secure so you can trust in the confidence of you vote. I am formally educated in securities regulation and have represented victims of financial crimes. I serve on the capital finance and investments committee, the committee that oversees the state’s $25 billion investments, the SOS also serves on the State Investments Board, making key financial decisions.

WHAT IS WYOMING’S BIGGEST CHALLENGE RIGHT NOW? The main issue facing the state right now is increasing inflation and a challenged economy. Wyoming’s hard-earned dollars are not keeping pace with the costs of daily life. Our Wyoming families are struggling, and I am committed to solving these concerns as your next Secretary of State. My role as a member of the State Land and Investment Board can help by getting those state dollars out of Cheyenne and into rural Wyoming to help alleviate these financial stressors. Ensuring that the corporation registrations are increasing and raising revenue for the state is also vitally important as that means less taxes for Wyoming families.

Equally important is voter confidence in our election process. Our system of government and very liberty depend on free and fair elections. I will fight to protect your vote and election integrity. I will continue to provide education and outreach about Wyoming’s election process and invite those to volunteer and participate with their local county clerks as poll workers and election judges. As a sponsor of voter id legislation, I know how important this issue is to Wyoming voters.

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