CASPER, Wyo. — Election season is underway and Oil City News has sent a list of questions to each candidate seeking office in Natrona County 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 Tom Radosevich, who is running for a four-year seat on the Natrona County Commission:
1. Who are you? (name, where you’re from, employment, hobbies, etc.)
I’m Tom Radosevich and I’ve lived in downtown Casper since 1999, when I came to town to attend the UW Family Practice Residency program. Following graduation, I worked as a staff physician doing full spectrum family medicine for the Community Health Center of Central Wyoming. After a few years, I transitioned to attending faculty at the residency, in the same building, until 2017. I then began practice in addiction medicine at Wyoming Recovery, where I am now the medical director. My wife, Tori, and I spend most of our free time in summer working on the gardens at our home. In winter, we ski and skate up at our Casper Mountain cabin. Our four children are grown, doing well, and, for the most part, we are empty nesters.
2. Why have you decide to run for office and what do you hope to accomplish should you be elected?
I entered the race for Natrona County Commissioner as a Democrat to offer county residents a clear choice of candidates. Registered as a Republican since voting age, but realizing that times have changed, I read the platform of the Wyoming Democratic Party and found very little in which I didn’t sincerely believe. I encourage every concerned voter to review the platform.
I will be a strong advocate for the completion of the Nordic Trails Center and for the improvement and expansion of our parks and trails system. I will advocate for a transition to an electric vehicle fleet wherever possible and will push for less air, light, litter, and noise pollution. Small changes can make a big difference, and every municipality and county should be making the effort. I also strongly support access to, and the expansion of, our public land trust.
3. How do you plan on accomplishing your goals?
If elected I would seek to continue the good governance of the current commission. That means fiscal responsibility, but using the available resources to make life in the county better. The first goal of any new member would be to learn the routines and traditions of the commission and to understand all the connections of county government.
4. What experience do you have that qualifies you for the office you are seeking?
Although a political neophyte, I have a lot of board experience with Central Wyoming Hospice, Wyoming Medicaid Physicians Advisory Group, Casper/Natrona County Board of Health, St Anthony Tri Parish school and St Anthony parish council. I currently serve as Vice Chair for the Wyoming Wildlife Federation board
5. Do you feel you could be a good steward with taxpayer dollars? Why or why not?
It’s important practice financial responsibility, but to avoid sliding into financial austerity, which always negatively impact those most needing assistance. So, maintaining support for social services and public health will always be a priority for me.
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?
Good governance means being open and accountable to the public. Clear and accurate agendas, respectful meetings, published minutes, and adherence to the open meeting laws all form the foundation of competent public service.
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 do believe the current commission serves the county in an open and transparent manner. See #6 above for guidelines to continue as such.
8. If you are 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?
9. Should you be elected, or re-elected, 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’m not advocating any major policy position changes, but will act looking forward to an even better Natrona County.
10. Is there anything the above questions didn’t ask that you would like to comment on?
I hope everyone has a great summer, and I hope, come November, people will vote for Dr. Tom Radosevich for Natrona County Commission, a good-choice Wyoming Democrat.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.