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Dave Kinskey announces bid for SD 22, says 'Wyoming is at a critical crossroads'

Dave Kinskey announces bid for SD 22, says 'Wyoming is at a critical crossroads'

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — This week, Wyoming State Sen. Dave Kinskey officially announced his candidacy for the Senate District 22 Wyoming Senate seat. “Wyoming is at a critical crossroads, and this upcoming election is important to our future,” Kinskey said. “I have the experience, the energy and the conservative track record to make the right kind of decisions in Cheyenne.” Kinskey spent February and early March at the 63rd Legislative Session in Cheyenne. “Like so many of us I am concerned about the future. We have an administration in Washington that is waging a war on our energy industry, farming and ranching, and that wants to take control of our water and our land. Our constitutional rights, including religious liberty and the right to bear arms, are in jeopardy. I have fought to preserve and protect our jobs and our rights, and I am committed to following through," Kinskey said in an announcement of his bid for the Senate seat. Kinskey is also critical of some spending decisions made in Cheyenne. “In my first two sessions of the legislature, I have seen patterns of spending that would make your hair stand on end," he said. "Just this last session we saw cuts to education, local government and agriculture. At the same time, leadership in Cheyenne pushed for Medicaid expansion and increases in taxes, all while stubbornly resisting any changes to the $300 million Capitol Square remodel. It’s just not right.” Kinskey added: “I think everybody understands in times like these that we have to watch our spending carefully, and make cuts where necessary. But, it has to be shared sacrifice that includes the favored projects of Cheyenne leadership. I strongly believe in doing the right thing - even when that means going against the will of the leadership in my own party.” Kinskey was appointed to represent Senate District 22 in 2014 after the death of Sen. John Schiffer. Senate District 22 consists of all of Johnson County and the eastern half of Sheridan County, including parts of the city of Sheridan. A life-long small-businessman, Kinskey served three terms as the mayor of Sheridan. “I learned in building my own business how to balance a budget and make the kind of decisions that need to be made in hard times. Sometimes government forgets what it’s like to have to spend within your means.” Kinskey describes his political philosophy as being “a lifelong Republican, committed to conservative values. We must protect the free-market principles that are so important for moving Wyoming and the United States forward." Citing jobs and the economy as his highest priorities, Kinskey also said it is critical that "we do everything we can to maintain our educational system, our agricultural and tourism base, our water development, our roads and local governments." *Feature photo h/t Sen. Dave Kinskey / Pitchengine Communities* #dally #news