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Re-election sought in Senate District 13


Senator John Hastert, D-Green River, seeks re-election to his Senate District 13 seat on the Wyoming Legislature.

The district is comprised of Green River, Jamestown and portions of Rock Springs.

"It has been truly a privilege representing the families of Sweetwater County and I would be honored to serve another term in the Wyoming Senate," Hastert said in a campaign announcement.

One of Hastert's largest contributions to the state is the creation and enhancement of a medication donation program, which allows people to donate unused medication to people in need throughout Wyoming. The program received national recognition from the Kennedy Center at John Hopkins University as a "Bright Idea in Government." Hastert also helped legislators in Texas implement a similar program based off of legislation passed in Wyoming.

Hastert also supports legislation aiding child development centers in Sweetwater County, enhancing domestic violence and sexual assault laws and protection orders and has supported the state's military and veterans. He has also supported the Hathaway scholarship program.

Hastert has received recognition for his work within the legislature. He received the PEACE Award for his work involving victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. He received the Military Medal of Excellence from the Wyoming National Guard, as well as the Patrick Henry Award from the U.S. National Guard. He has also received an award from the Wyoming Association of School Administrators for his support of education. While he is proud of the recognition he's received for his work, it isn't the reason he continues to serve in the legislature.

"One does not serve in public office for accolades," he said.

Hastert plans to continue supporting education and believes there are solutions to funding shortfalls which would not require revenue enhancements. He also wants to continue working on enhancing career and technical education to provide industry with a much-needed workforce. Hastert said he will continue to support providing funds to local governments, which supports the infrastructure in Wyoming's communities.

Hastert plans to continue being a voice of reason within the Wyoming Senate and vows to work tirelessly for all residents in Wyoming.

Hastert has lived and worked in Sweetwater County for more than 40 years and is a member of the United Steelworkers. He has served for many years on the Sweetwater County Child Development Board and has worked with United Way, the Actors' Mission, and other community boards. Legislatively, Hastert has served on Labor Health and Social Services, Corporations, Revenue, Transportation, Highways and Military Affairs, Management Audit, Management Council committees. He currently serves on the Joint Appropriations Committee, where he has been supportive of local governments. Hastert also serves on several national committees through the Council of State Governments.

"I have enjoyed and been honored to serve you, the citizens of Sweetwater County and I would like to continue representing the great citizens of Sweetwater county and the state. I am asking for your support and vote in the upcoming elections," he said.


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