Wyoming! Make sure you’re protecting the legacy of the Wide Open West and vote green this year! To learn more about Sustainable Politician Project, please read our full intro here.
Voting in Wyoming
According to Wyoming state law, all parties must conduct open primaries. Although voters have to be affiliated with a state party when they vote, they can change affiliation on election day. Whichever candidate receives the most votes receives the nomination, even if they don’t receive the majority.
Things on the ballot this year: US Senate, US House, Governor, Secretary of State, State Auditor, State Treasurer, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, state senate, state house, state supreme court, local judges, school board, and candidate ballot access.
Our Pick: Gary Trauner
- Ex-Teton Co School Board Chair
We like Gary for a number of reasons. For one, he has a fantastic grasp on the endless sustainable energy potential that Wyoming has to offer. With all the open spaces, Wyoming has a great potential to supply a lot of wind and solar energy. He also wants to see Wyoming transition those working in coal to working in safer bio-fuels. Second, he wants the federal government to continue its legacy of helping new energy resources gain footing in the economy by encouraging development and conservation in the private sector, instead of handing out subsidies to big fossil fuel and oil corporations.
Trauner is also of the opinion that a strong green energy sector will bring a stronger economy, lower unemployment rates, increase our national security, and reduce pollution. These are great reasons to support the development of sustainable energy, and that’s why we also support Trauner.
Other Senator Candidates:
- John Barrasso (R) – (Campaign Site) – incumbent since 2015
- Rocky de la Fuente (R) – (Also running for Senate in Vermont, Minnesota, Hawaii, Florida, Delaware, and Rhode Island)
- Dave Dodson (R)
- Charlie Hardy (R)
- John Holtz (R)
- Anthony Van Risseghem (R)
U.S. House of Representatives
District-at-large. (Your entire state is one district. No need to figure out which district you belong to!)
Our pick: Travis Helm
- Ex-Oil Refinery Worker
Helm has a few policies that we particularly like. For starters, his previous employment with the fossil fuel industry has given him a few opinions on policy. Travis wants to hold mineral extraction companies responsible for the pollution and damage that they have done and do to our environment. This includes fracking. He also would like to set up some regulations with energy companies to make sure they consult with local communities before they begin operations, so as not to disrupt endangered species or the ecosystem.
Helm recognizes that coal needs to go, even if it’s not an immediate transition. He wants to provide opportunities for sustainable energy to take root in Wyoming so that we aren’t reliant on global fossil fuel production.
Keeping public land public is another cornerstone of his environmental platform. Helm believes that state land should be available to the public and that it should be maintained by the federal government so that all citizens can use these lands for their enjoyment as their right. He’s a fighter to keep water, air, and the environment clean and prospering. He wants to mitigate the effects of climate change now before they can’t be reversed or cost a fortune to fix.