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Candidate Questionnaire: Curt Simpson Jr. for Natrona County Commission

Curt Simpson Jr. is running for a seat on the Natrona County Commission. (Photo from the Curt Simpson Jr. Campaign.)

CASPER, Wyo. — Election season is underway and Oil City News has sent a list of questions to each Natrona County candidate who has filed to run in the primary election in August.

These questions are designed to give our readers a better understanding of the people behind the names on the ballot. Below, get to know Curt Simpson Jr., who is running for a two-year seat on the Natrona County Commission:

1. Who are you? (Name, where you’re from, employment, hobbies, etc.) 

Curt Simpson Jr. Born, raised and retired in Casper. Retired. Bowling, hunting, fishing, camping and trying to take care of my 10-acre yard (seems like a full-time job on its own).

2. Why have you decide to run for office and what do you hope to accomplish should you be elected?

Running because I believe I can add useful insight and I hope to get service to more residents. Rather than the favoritism that seems to have been going on for years.

3. How do you plan on accomplishing your goals? 

With diligence and hopefully patience.

4. What experience do you have that qualifies you for the office you are seeking? 

Served as member at large on the Natrona County Predator Management Board.

5. Do you feel you could be a good steward with taxpayer dollars? Why or why not? 

Yes. Because my deceased wife was the most frugal and skilled money manager I have ever met. :^) She trained me very well! When there is not enough money, you tighten your belt, but when you have a surplus (hoping you do) you do not spend it, you invest it for emergency use in the future.

6. On the issue of transparency, where do you stand on ensuring all public business is conducted openly and in a manner that encourages public attendance? 

Can’t really say until I get the position. Have to be there to have a better idea on what to do in the future.

7. Do you believe the office or board position you seek has been open and honest with the public? If yes, how can the entity remain open and transparent when conducting public business moving forward. If no, what changes would you implement to ensure that all future dealings are open and transparent? 

No, and like I just said, have to get into the position to see better what can be done.

8. If you were presiding over a meeting and a topic was being discussed that you didn’t fully understand, would you ask for a more detailed explanation during the meeting or would you seek the information after the meeting? 

It would depend on the particulars of the issue. If possible I would prefer to deal with it at the time. Some things just require more information than can be gone over during a regular meeting.

9. Should you be elected, or reelected, do you plan on seeking any major policy changes in your chosen office? If yes, what would those changes be? If no, why not? 

Hopefully we can get some resolution to the property tax complication.

10. Is there anything the above questions didn’t ask that you would like to comment on?

I would love to be able to help improve the quality of our K–12 education. Firmly believe we are paying waaay too much for the not-great education we are producing. And NO the teachers are not overpaid. 

NOTE: All primary candidates who filed to run for the Natrona County Commission were sent questionnaires at the same time and Oil City News will publish responses in the order they are received. Candidate responses are only edited for clarity and style.

If you are a candidate and did not see the questionnaire in your inbox, please email news@oilcity.news. Oil City News sent questionnaires to Natrona County candidates running in the primary for municipal, county office or a seat in the Wyoming Legislature based on email addresses shared by the Natrona County Clerk’s Office; if you would prefer the questionnaire sent to a different address, please let us know.