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Gov. Mead will seek a second term

Mar 11, 2014 - By Ben Neary, The Associated Press

CHEYENNE -- Matt Mead announced Tuesday in Cheyenne that he will see re-election to another four-year term as Governor of Wyoming.

In an interview Monday with The Associated Press, the 51-year-old Republican governor said he believes Wyoming is in better shape now than it was when he took office.

"In terms of why another four years, I feel like we got started on some good projects that I'd like to see through," Mead said.

Mead said he wants to continue his administration's push on a range of energy and technology programs, including improving Internet service to schools around the state.

"Those are things we'd like to see through, because I think we are diversifying our economy, and in doing so, we continue to see good unemployment numbers," Mead said.

Wyoming's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stood at about 6 percent when Mead took office more than three years ago. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported recently that the state finished 2013 with a seasonally adjusted rate of 4.4 percent, significantly lower than the national rate of 6.7 percent.

Mead noted that he and other state officials last month approved $13 million in grants to entice Magpul Industries of Erie, Colo., a producer of ammunition magazines for guns, to move its manufacturing operations to Wyoming.

Mead said he wants to emphasize water projects if he wins a second term. "The use of water, the restoration projects, conservation projects for water, I think all of those are critical to Wyoming's future," he said.

"Is the state in a better position than it was four years ago? My answer is yes," Mead said.

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