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Candidate Questionnaire: Joe MacGuire for House District 35

Joe MacGuire is running for re-election to the House District 35 seat in the Wyoming Legislature. (Courtesy Joe MacGuire)

CASPER, Wyo. — Election season is underway and Oil City News has sent a list of questions to candidates for the Wyoming Legislature out of Natrona County who have 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 Joe MacGuire, who is running for reelection to the House District 35 seat in the Wyoming Legislature:

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

Joe MacGuire. I am a Casper native, I own my own business — I sell businesses for people when they are ready to retire. I am a Business Broker.

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

I seek reelection to House District 35. I have served the people of Natrona County and Wyoming for three terms, and I hope to continue to represent them. Wyoming is at a turning point. Our traditional mineral industry is under siege. We need to continue to diversify our economy so that our most precious resource, our children, can and will stay here and enjoy the same wonderful lifestyle that we enjoy.

We, the people of Wyoming, need to control our own destiny.  

3. How do you plan on accomplishing your goals?

We need to support our Wyoming businesses as they diversify into new markets.

We need to develop our work force offering more opportunities for people to return to college for additional education, training, and career development. 

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

Lifetime Wyomingite, educated in Wyoming, business owner, my children attend school here, I am a graduate of Leadership Casper and Leadership Wyoming. I travel the state and meet with business owners, and I hear the challenges that we face as a state every day.

We need to keep Wyoming, Wyoming.

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

Yes, I have been very frugal with our taxpayer dollars. As a Wyoming business owner, I understand that you must continue to invest in your people and infrastructure if you want to make the state better. I am a fiscal conservative. 

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?

I support full transparency. The more people that are involved, the better. 

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

Supporting video testimony and livestreaming of our Committee meetings.

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?

Depends on who is testifying. If the person making the presentation has the expertise, I never hesitate to ask questions. If the person making the presentation does not have the background, I will conduct my own investigation. 

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 believe that we need to continue to look at opportunities for higher education systems. If we want to ride the wave of technology into the next century, we need to open the door for people to go back to school for advanced technical training and career development.

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

NOTE: All primary candidates who filed to run for a seat in the Wyoming Legislature 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.