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Larsen would be effective leader

Aug 17, 2012 - Pennie Buffington, Lander

Editor:

My husband and I have worked a combined total of 28 years for different state and local governmental agencies. We probably pay more attention than the average voter to what happens during an election, because it typically has a direct impact on our careers and our family.

We know the right person in an elected position can make a difference. One thing we have always admired about Del McOmie is the fact that he took time to understand how the bills introduced in Cheyenne would impact the families in Fremont County.

Fremont County has the highest number of government employees per capita of any county in Wyoming. There are many people in Fremont County who support families by serving in a public service capacity.

When Lloyd Larsen asked for my support of his bid for House District 54, I did my homework and asked some tough questions. Tough issues like Lloyd's position regarding the state retirement fund and Lloyd's thoughts on public education were paramount to my decision to support him.

I saw, first-hand, Lloyd donate significant time to an issue within our school district when his kids were already out of the system. He did this because he understands we are all in this together. He knows a quality education will create a quality workforce and a stronger community.

The many challenges facing Fremont County -- creating jobs, balancing budgets, improving education, protecting our access to public lands -- are to Lloyd opportunities for public leadership. He values hard work and measurable results and finds practical solutions to tough problems. This is not just political rhetoric, this is what Lloyd represents every day, not just during a political campaign.

Life is complex and decisions that we make both personally and in our Legislature require significant thought and study.

My criteria for whom to vote for is simple. It isn't party affiliation or sound bites. It is that past behavior predicts future behavior. Lloyd has shown us that he is a straight talking, effective leader.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) recently awarded Lloyd the highest grade a candidate may receive (AQ), and the Wyoming Association of Realtors recently endorsed Mr. Larsen because they see what we see in Lloyd.

On Aug. 21, we all have a choice to make. I encourage everyone to get out and vote. It is not only our right, it is our duty.

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