CASPER, Wyo. — Election season is underway and Oil City News has sent a list of questions to each candidate for the Casper City Council 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 Nikki Green, who is running for a Ward II seat on the Casper City Council:
1. Who are you? (Name, where you’re from, employment, hobbies, etc.)
Hello! My name is Nikki Green. I am a candidate for Casper City Council, Ward 2. My family and I have lived in our home in Wolf Creek since moving to Casper in 2003. My husband and I will be celebrating our 21st anniversary this summer. Our three children have attended and graduated (almost — we have one in ABLE) from Natrona County schools and have really grown our roots in Casper. I am a small business owner, co-operating Aspire Case Management Services LLC for the last five years. I am an aspiring crafter, avid book listener and board member and volunteer for different organizations within the disability community.
2. Why have you decide to run for office and what do you hope to accomplish should you be elected?
I think that local government has the most direct impact on people’s daily lives and is vital to protecting and providing for the ideologies of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. If I am elected to the Casper City Council, I hope to further bolster the city’s infrastructure and work on expanding access to broadband internet.
3. How do you plan on accomplishing your goals?
I plan on continuing to forge relationships, network and create connections to improve our city. I want to be a sounding board and a megaphone for people who live on the west-side’s concerns. Listening and developing actionable plans to meet needs, stay financially aware and meet the needs of the constituents.
4. What experience do you have that qualifies you for the office you are seeking?
I have worked management positions in a variety of different fields (everything from a day spa to construction to lending to advertising, RVs and restaurants). I have started and failed at several businesses. I am currently the co-owner of a successful business that will be celebrating its fifth anniversary this fall. In addition to forging my way in the business world, I have made it a priority to give back to the community I live in, particularly in respect to the disability community by serving on several boards (Special Olympics, APSE, WCSP, and CCPD). Finally, I have done all this while raising three children, one of which has a disability, and maintaining a 21-year marriage.
5. Do you feel you could be a good steward with taxpayer dollars? Why or why not?
I have succeeded and I have failed in business. One cannot know success without failure, and that failure makes me uniquely qualified to understand the importance of successful and mindful budgeting. The city cannot spend money it does not have, and budgeting (more aptly, crystal ball reading) is important to ensuring that the viability of the city is good. The council’s job is to ensure that the myriad of services that the city provides as well as the approximately 500 people that work to ensure those services are provided continue to be operable.
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?
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?
I believe the City Council has been open and transparent with their business. Anyone seeking to know what is going on can attend meetings, watch them and view notes and agendas online.
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?
The worst question is a question not asked. There is likely someone else who also doesn’t fully understand and may be afraid to ask. Additionally, it is impossible to be an expert on every subject, or even just knowledgeable. It is important to be knowledgeable about things, especially if making a policy decision or funding decision.
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?
City Council is a committee; I think that it is best to get in, see what is happening, what the current status quo is, and then, if there are things that I feel could use improvement, suggest them or work to make changes.
10. Is there anything the above questions didn’t ask that you would like to comment on?
Not that I can think of.
NOTE: All primary candidates who filed to run for the Casper City Council 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 email@example.com. 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.