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Candidate Questionnaire: Rob Hendry for Natrona County Commission

Rob Hendry is seeking re-election to the Natrona County Commission to serve a two-year term. (Gregory Hirst, Oil City)

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 Rob Hendry, who is running for reelection to the Natrona County Commission to serve a two-year term:

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

I’m a third-generation rancher and I reside in the county. Our family has been in the ranching business since 1910. My wife Leslie and I and our son Jarrod manage the ranch. Our other son, J.W., lives in Colorado. In 2001, I started an oil field dirt contracting business. We continue to work on roads and locations west of Casper.

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

When I started as a County Commissioner, one of my goals was to maintain and improve the roads in the county. I have secured two gravel pits in the northwestern part of the county and I want to see those started and the roads graveled. We have been working on the plans for the Casper/Natrona County Health Department building and I would like to see that completed. I would like to see the cross-country ski lodge finished as well as the shelters on Casper Mountain.

3. How do you plan on accomplishing your goals?

We have quite a few projects in the works and I would like to get reelected in order to see them through. In working with the other Commissioners, we need to refine the plans for the new buildings. We need to continue to work with the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) to get their backcountry byways graveled as well as other roads in the area.

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

I have served as a Natrona County Commissioner since 2006. Prior to that I have served on numerous boards and commissions that gave me the experience necessary to fulfill the role of a Commissioner.

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

In all decisions that are made on the Commission, I am cognizant that all monies are taxpayer funds and need to be spent wisely and prudently.

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?

All of the Commission meetings are open to the public and the meeting information is published on our website to give the public notice of what issues we will be discussing. Our regular public meetings are televised on YouTube.

7. How have you made your office or board more transparent and open with the public?

All of the Commission meetings are open to the public and the meeting information is published on our website to give the public notice of what issues we will be discussing. Our regular public meetings are televised on YouTube.

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?

All commissioner questions are answered during the meeting. Numerous times the commissioners ask for clarification on a topic. If more information is needed and requested, we will table the issue to the next meeting. The commissioners fully understand the topics before voting.

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?

I would like to have the CBOE (County Board of Equalization) have more discretion in the taxpayers’ appeals. We need to change Wyoming Statutes as well as rules of the State Board of Equalization to better represent the citizens of Natrona County. The County Commissioners understand the issues of our counties and are better able to serve the taxpayers in a fair and equitable representation than the State Board of Equalization or the Wyoming Department of Revenue.

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

I have served as a County Commissioner since 2006 and I would like to continue to be a part of making the future BRIGHT for Natrona County.

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.