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By David Martin
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Gordon makes GR campaign stop

 

March 21, 2018



Stopping off in Green River as part of a state tour to promote his gubernatorial campaign, Wyoming State Treasurer Mark Gordon hosted a meet and greet Tuesday afternoon at the Sweetwater County Library.

Gordon, a Republican, said he’s blessed to have the opportunities he’s been given in Wyoming and wants to preserve those opportunities for the residents of the state, their children and grandchildren. He’s running on a prosperity-based platform, focusing on ensuring the state government not only operates within its means, but also focuses on strengthening the state’s existing industries and growing new industries. Gordon said he also supports a strong educational system that trains the state’s youth in developing technology and the jobs that technology would bring.

Speaking about the education debate during the recent legislative session in Cheyenne, Gordon said the state should maintain its teachers’ salaries, saying it’s critical for Wyoming to have the best educational system it can provide. Gordon also believes education funding is an issue that needs to be revisited.

“We have much more work to do,” he said.

If elected, Gordon said one of his three top priorities would be to look at the state’s budget, saying it would have to be adjusted as it would have some “noodling” that would need to be dealt with. Beyond that, Gordon said he’s wants to work on issues impacting the state’s industries, specifically mentioning Sweetwater County’s Ur-Energy and its struggles with uranium dumping in the global market.

He said President Donald Trump has made a commitment to the cause of putting America first and wants to see issues in the uranium market changed to support Ur-Energy and other uranium producers.

“We need to get those things fixed,” he said.

The third thing he mentioned is a desire to see expedited permits for mineral exploration on federal lands. He said the Trump administration has opened the door to more permitting, something he believes can be a major benefit to the state’s energy industry.

Gordon has served as the state’s treasurer for the past six years, replaying former treasurer Joe Meyer after his death. Gordon said he has a record of strong leadership in the Wyoming Treasurer’s office. He won election to the office in 2014.

Gordon said he’s grown the state’s investments since taking office, with campaign materials citing growth of $1.17 billion during the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

 

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