Liz Cheney Launches Congressional Campaign in Gillette

(Gillette, Wyo.) Liz Cheney has decided to throw her hat in the ring for a congressional seat her father once held for ten years. She becomes the 10th candidate on the primary ballot for the only state-wide position up for grabs in Wyoming, with the retirement of current Republican Representative Cynthia Lummis this year. Cheney decided to start her campaign here in Gillette, with the backing of over 150 community leaders in Wyoming. Some supporters are from her last campaign attempt in Wyoming in 2013. Some are new, and formerly supported Senator Enzi in that race. She toured the Bel Aire mine this morning, not the first time she's been to a local area mining facility. "I talked with them about a number of issues, from 'How do you meet the new guidelines' to 'What are you doing with reclamation?'. Just to hear first hand what their challenges are and how they see their futures unfolding is a great opportunity." Cheney also met with residents at the Gillette Senior Citizen Center for lunch. She says she sees a lot of frustration in Gillette, as with the rest of the state, over the current administration's policies. "People don't think politicians are honest or trustworthy, and that Washington is really broken. There's a lot of anger and frustration, and I think they don't know what else to do. This has been going on now for so many years." Buell Jones, a Gillette resident and South Dakota native, voiced his concern to Cheney that the coal industry should've seen tighter regulations coming years ago and been working to fix it. Cheney responded that the industry is making advances, but she believes the bar being set by the EPA is impossible to meet. "If we don't reverse the EPA's policies, we'll be headed down a road where electricity is more expensive, less available, and less reliable. It'll do damage to the economy, not just the state of Wyoming, but across the country as well." She wants to have a strong voice representing Wyoming in Washington, and considers herself "a fighter" for this state, despite criticism that she's an outsider. When asked whether or not she thought the presidential election may impact August's primaries for the state election, she wasn't sure. But she added that she hasn't endorsed any of the candidates for president just yet, saying she's "still making a decision." #county17 #news -- *Brenda Kirk* Community Maven for | 614.940.7121 Twitter | Instagram | Facebook PitchEngine™ | *Connecting Communities* | Twitter | Facebook