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Chuck Gray – Representative Elect HD 57 Natrona County

I am honored and humbled by our victory last night. My focus will continue to be on the voters and to advance their values. I want to thank those who voted yesterday and made their voices known. The voters are my boss and always will be. Also, I want to thank everyone who supported and volunteered to help the campaign—without your help, the campaign would not be here. I want to thank all my family and friends–your support means a great deal.

I believe House District 57 needs conservative, accountable leadership. During the mineral boom, Democrats and establishment Republicans teamed up to follow the lead of Washington’s out of control spending habits. Wyoming’s state spending nearly tripled. For example, Wyoming state government has been providing grants to some politically connected private businesses. They also have begun to abandon competitive bidding of contracts.

In the process, Wyoming’s state government squandered our state’s abundant mineral revenues. We’ve seen these same habits in our Casper City Council.

Each time conservative voices tried to point out the out-of-control spending, the establishment denied that there was a problem. Now, in 2016, the establishment is openly talking about property and sales tax increases as well as creating a state income tax.

The establishment does not want to acknowledge the real answer to their out of control spending. Tax increases are not the answer. Rather, state government needs to use the common-sense, conservative spending practices that Wyoming families and businesses follow to control state spending. One of the key solutions is to control our spending with zero-based budgeting. Zero-based budgeting would require agencies to start at zero with each of their biennial budget requests. Agencies would go line-by-line through their proposed budget and prioritize their spending.

I ran to push back on the federal government’s war on our way of life. The EPA’s newly issued rules requiring over a 30% reduction in nationwide emissions by 2030 is unconstitutional and also not allowed by the jurisdiction given to the EPA in federal statute. We need to fight these illegal rules.

I will be a voice to ensure that the legislature follows the law and is transparent. The lack of competitive bidding in the Capital Square Project, which is in violation of Article 3, Section 31 of our State Constitution, is emblematic of this lack of transparency.

I will point out when our legislature’s priorities are out of whack. One example is Wyoming state government’s refusal to hold a Presidential primary.

I will be a voice opposed to efforts to bring liberal values to Wyoming. For example, in 2013 SF115 passed the State Senate and was four votes away from passing the House. This bill would have made public restrooms open to both males and females. These efforts are wrong and out of step with Wyoming’s values.

I have been a conservative Republican my entire life and not just when it’s politically convenient. I hosted a radio show called the “Chuck Gray” show on KVOC AM 1230 and KMLD 94.5 FM to advance conservative, common-sense solutions in Wyoming. In 2013, I was a top ten finalist for the Coolidge Prize for Conservative Journalism.

I stand for
  • Pro-life,
  • Pro-gun,
  • Pro-taxpayer,
  • Pro-local control and reduced regulations.
I do oppose
  • I am opposed to refugee resettlement.
  • Common Core and will work to return control of education back to the local school districts.
  • Tax increases and believe in cutting spending by focusing on efficiency in government.

I am honored for the chance to represent House District 57 as a fresh, conservative voice in Cheyenne. I encourage you to contact me with any questions or concerns at 251-1372 or chuckgray@grayforhouse.com. I will work for you and I will to listen to your concerns.