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Wyoming's House seat heating up in Casper; Democratic candidates get the party started

(Casper, Wyo.) - One of Wyoming's House of Representatives seats is up for grabs and ten candidates are in Casper to fight for the seat. To kick off the party, two Wyoming Democratic candidates faced off with previous Democratic Wyoming Governor Mike Sullivan as the mediator. Wyoming's Charlie Hardy and Darin Smith took center stage and addressed the crowd. ​ The two debated about upping the Federal minimum wage which both agreed needs to be addressed. Green answered first, "This is an area that we definitely need to address. It has not been raised since 2009. We need to help the workers and not cripple small businesses. Not everyone is Wal Mart, I think we should start the conversation at $10.00 an hour." With a quick rebuttal, Hardy felt that the minimum wage should be raised to $15/per hour. The candidates were also asked how or if the US House would assist coal job loss in Wyoming. Hardy commented, "The large fossil fuel companies, they had an opportunity to prepare. Putting five hundred people out of work, that is not fair. They saw it coming and failed to prepare. Coal companies did not plan for the decline, they have shifted their responsibilities on to the government." Green felt that the US House should compensate those who lost jobs, as Wyoming did with Uranium job losses in the past. He discussed sending them to trade schools and giving them alternative options. Ryan Green concluded the debate commenting, "Wyoming will elect Democrats with Wyoming values, just like former Governor Sullivan. I believe in energy development with conservation." Charlie Hardy wrapped it up, "I started this campaign with only volunteers. I have never compromised my beliefs. Ryan Green is a nice guy, but he does not have the experience I have had. I have traveled the state of Wyoming and heard the cries of the citizens. We need to get money out of politics." The US House Debates continue at 5:30 pm at the Wheeler Concert Hall at Casper College with Republican candidates: Heath Beaudry, Mike Konsmo, Paul Paad and Jason Adam Senteney. Following this debate, Republican candidates: Liz Cheney, Leland Christensen, Darin Smith and Tim Stubson at 7:00 pm. Both Republican debates will have Former Governor Jim Geringer as the mediator. You can watch the live debates Here . Sponsors would not allow cameras or recording devices at the debates. Feature Photo: h/t PBS.com/Pitchengine Communities #oilcity #news #county10 #county17 #dally #reboot #springcity #buckrail #shortgo