A letter to voters from Jim Allen
Hello voters in House District 33
I am running for re-election to continue serving you in the Wyoming House of Representatives. I have worked hard representing you fairly and I believe I have done it honorably and prudently. I stand for integrity, I stand for the dignity of the individual, regardless of gender, race or circumstance and I stand for constitutional rights. I have voted for responsible state budgets and I take the job seriously. I am from a pioneer family with deep roots in the Lander Valley and Reservation. My great-great uncle cast the deciding vote in the Territorial Legislature for women’s suffrage. He also served as the Indian Agent at Ft. Washakie from 1889-1894. My grandfather was an outfitter. My uncles and aunts were ranchers. I am proud to have graduated from LVHS and UW. Our 3 daughters are all college graduates and are productive, kind citizens.
However, false and misleading campaign mailers are coming to your mail box. They claim I don’t think women deserve equal pay as men, that I support the seizure and sale of public lands thus restricting access, that I don’t support raising the minimum wage and that I don’t like kindergarten children. Not true.
I support equal pay for equal work, regardless of gender. The campaign mailers reference a bill that had NOTHING to do with gender or any so-called wage gap. The card is untrue. I have employed women for 45 years and have treated them equally. Here are some of their quotes:
- Sarah-“I can vouch for that, as a former employee of yours, Jim. I also remember you proudly telling me that Wyoming was the first state to give women the vote. You're very definitely pro equality! You put a lot of faith in me when I was a youngster, and in doing so, instilled in me a sense of confidence. I'll always be very grateful to you.”
- Nicole-“As a past employee, I also attest receiving equal pay to other wranglers, men or women, with similar experience & knowledge. In fact, for years, I've bragged about Jim as one of the best employers I've ever had. Especially as a female employee. I felt he treated, supported, encouraged and mentored us as he'd want his own (at the time) young daughters to be treated out in the work-force one day. Wyoming couldn't be in better hands than with Jim Allen.”
False campaign mailers claim I voted to seize and sell public lands. Not true. Read the bill.
I voted for a bill that would guarantee access to public land and would guarantee the right to hunt, fish, camp, recreate and use resources on public lands. I do not support the sale of public lands and I do not support restricting access to public lands and resources. The truth is, I support multiple use and sustained yields on public lands, just as federal law mandates.
I have worked and recreated on public lands all my life. My family has been in the Lander Valley and Reservation area for 5 generations, now 6. I have raised my 3 daughters here while guiding and grazing on public lands.
I do support and will vote for the 2017 constitutional amendment that will maintain or increase access to public lands, manage public lands for multiple use and sustained yield and cause no net loss of public lands.
I have also been falsely accused of voting against raising the minimum wage. Not true.
A bill raising the minimum wage never came up for me to vote on. The failed bill came up in a committee on which I do not serve on and therefore I could not vote. The negative campaign mailer is an outright falsehood. Lying greatly disappoints me and the voters deserve the truth. I have run a positive race.
And lastly, I was accused of not supporting children of kindergarten age. Not true.
The mailer fails to reference a bill. It is a false claim. I have continually voted for education funding, including pre-K and kindergarten.
If re-elected, I will continue to look at each bill and issue carefully through the lens of:
- Is it constitutional?
- Will it create jobs?
- Is it good for House District 33?
- Is it good for Wyoming?
- And, most importantly, is good for our children going forward?
I co-sponsored a bill to remove sales tax on Senior Citizen guest meals, I co-sponsored a bill to allow camping on state trust lands, I co-sponsored a bill allowing lifetime archery licenses, I was the prime sponsor for tribal license plates, allowing ATV’s on public roads and several other bills that will make life better for Wyoming people.
Please vote for me for honesty, integrity, positive campaigning and approachability.
I am available at all times and I encourage you contact me anytime with your concerns.
Thank you, Representative Jim Allen, House District 33 cell 349-6784 Jim.Allen@wyoleg.gov
(feature photo: Jim and family on a wilderness pack trip.)
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