In addition to a projected $1.5 to $1.7 billion budget deficit, candidates for two of Sheridan County’s four seats in Wyoming’s state House of Representatives cited a need for jobs and a diversified economy as critical issues facing the state in the coming year.
The candidates spoke at a forum earlier this week.
John Heyneman, who’s running against incumbent Mark Jennings for the District 30 seat, said there’s a need for a diversified economy and to maintain a top-notch education system. Heyneman said the third critical need that he sees is healthcare.
Mark Kinner, who’s running for re-election to represent District 29 in the state House, said one of the critical issues he sees facing the state is jobs.
Kinner said high-speed broadband is another critical issue for the state, to attract businesses.
And a third issue, he said, is quality of life, so people can live, work and play in Wyoming and enjoy the state lands and the recreational opportunities they provide.
Ken Pendergraft, who is running against Kinner for the District 29 seat, said he still contends that Wyoming has more of a spending problem than an income problem.
Jennings, the House 30 incumbent, was unable to attend the forum but sent a letter to be read by Cody Sinclair, moderator for the event. In the letter, Jennings thanked the people of House District 30 for giving him what he called the “great privilege” of representing them and said he would be honored to continue representing them.