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Mark Gordon is best person for governor

Via Gillette News Record

Let me begin by stating that I am not an overtly political person.

Yes, I have voted in every election and I have always tried to keep abreast of the issues and be an informed constituent. But due to a busy schedule and hectic ranch life, I have sat back and let other people lead the way down the political path.

That changed in 2016 when my husband Doug and I put our names down as write-in candidates for our precinct because we had no one representing us in this area. Imagine my surprise, when a few months later, we received a letter of congratulations informing us we are now the precinct committee people for precinct 7-1.

After the initial shock had worn off, we were determined to do the best job that we could at the new job we now have because this is Wyoming and that is the way we were raised to do things in the Cowboy State.

This past weekend, we had the privilege of representing Campbell County as voting delegates to the Wyoming Republican Convention. What an experience and how humbling to be a part of the process that makes the wheels turn not just in our county, but in our state and ultimately across this great nation.

We dined with our congressional delegation, we listened to speeches from elected officials, we voted on resolutions that are the thread that binds our Republican Party together. It was an amazing event, and we are so glad that we made the effort to be involved in it.

There was also a plethora of stickers, signs, buttons, balloons and lots of people shaking hands and asking for our support for any given elected office. In our opinion, one candidate rose above the rest and he is a man we are proud to lend our support to.

Mark Gordon, current Wyoming state treasurer, is running for governor and is undeniably the best person for the job. He and his wonderful wife Jennie ranch outside of Kaycee. Go to his website “gordonforwyoming.com” and learn more about him. Better yet, come to the Crawfish Boil on April 27th and meet Mark in person. Become involved.

We live in a society where it is easy to criticize one another. Social media has loosed a beast where attacks can flow freely. We armchair quarterback decisions made by our elected officials and espouse how “we” would do this and not do that and what a lousy job those elected folks are doing.

An old Indian saying “Walk a mile in his moccasins” comes to mind. OK, maybe I’m the old Indian who said it, but it’s true. It’s a tough job being an elected official and I have a newfound respect for those folks who put it on the line to serve their county, their state and their country.

We are so blessed to live in Wyoming and the United States and we are proud that we stepped out of our comfort zone to become active in this political process. Is it easy? No. Is it worth it? Absolutely.

Doug and Charlene Camblin

Republican Committee members, precinct 7-1

Mark Gordon Campaigns in Wyoming

Via KULR 8

KULR8.com | News, Weather & Sports in Billings, Montana

Cody – Wyoming’s Treasurer, Mark Gordon, said thinking out of the box allowed him to help Wyoming make a billion dollars more income on the state’s investments. Gordon campaigned in Cody Wednesday night, for the first time since he announced his candidacy for governor.

Gordon and his wife Jennie are finishing a tour of every county in the state. The treasurer recently won a Wyoming Supreme Court Ruling, which gives him the right to review and approve contracts in the Capitol Building Restoration Project.

Gordon said he filed the suit for two reasons.

He explained, “One, I wanted to make sure the constitution was protected. And the second was I always wanted to do the best job I could safeguarding Wyoming’s resources.”

Gordon said if he becomes governor, he will not forget Northwest Wyoming. He has spent a lot of time in Park County in recent years. Gordon and his wife Jennie are ranchers from near Buffalo in Johnson County.

Gordon leans on private, public sector experience

Via Cody Enterprise

Mark Gordon wants current and future generations of Wyoming residents to have the same opportunities for success he and his wife have had.

The state treasurer said he’s running for governor to protect those opportunities and he’ll do that via three main points, what he calls his platform of prosperity:

• Getting government to live within its means.

• Getting government out of the way.

• Making sure Wyoming has an education system second to none.

Gordon said both his government experience – he has spent the last six years as treasurer – as well as his varied private sector experiences make him capable of accomplishing those goals. He has experience in each of the state’s top three sectors, including energy, tourism and agriculture.

“They’re all things I’m familiar with intimately,” he said.

But he’s also emphasizing something else as he crisscrosses the state talking with residents – he was in Meeteetse earlier in the day April 4 before heading to Cody – a stop in Powell was up the next day.

“It’s great to have ideas,” he said. “But it’s really important to hear from everyone, learn about their unique challenges.”

Gordon said then his experience can kick in when working through people’s issues to find a solution. Problem-solving is something he’s done in both the public and private spheres.

He grew up on the family ranch in Johnson County. After graduating from college in 1979, he ran several businesses in Buffalo and Sheridan including two focused on outdoor recreation and tourism. He later worked in the oil and gas industry.

He never left the ranching behind, though he said with his current duties in Cheyenne his wife Jennie Muir Gordon is the day-to-day manager at the ranch.

“When I’m up there I ask her what she needs me to do and then go out and do it,” he said of his days away from Cheyenne.

They have a cow-calf operation, breeding Angus-Hereford cross cattle and utilizing no-till methods to produce hay.

Gordon started working in the capitol as the state treasurer in 2012. Emphasizing state investments, he grew state income $1.17 billion in the 2016-17 fiscal year, delivering the funds’ best performance in the past 10 years, he said.

He also noted his efforts to improve transparency in the office, resulting in the state’s financial portfolio in Wyoming being ranked number one in the United States for transparency and third in the world among all sovereign funds.

He even helped organize a gathering of sovereign wealth funds in Jackson from all over the world. Maybe most important, he said income from investments has been either the second or third biggest source of income to state coffers in his years at the post.

Mark Gordon, Candidate for Governor to host meet and greet at the Wort

Via Buckrail

JACKSON, WYO: On March 15th Mark Gordon announced his candidacy for Governor. Buckrail has just received word that he we will be hosting a meet and greet in Jackson on Sunday April 8th from 4:00 – 5:30pm at The Wort Hotel, Silver Dollar Showroom. Gordon hopes to protect conservative values and build a bright future for Wyoming if elected.

About Mark
Mark Gordon is a rancher, small businessman, and Wyoming’s State Treasurer. As Treasurer, Mark led a transformation of the office resulting in improved returns on state investments, better protection of state savings, and increased transparency and access to state financial data for the general public.

Mark grew up on the family ranch in Johnson County. After graduating from college, Mark ran several successful businesses in Buffalo and Sheridan including two focused on outdoor recreation and tourism. He later worked in the oil and gas industry. Mark and his wife, Jennie Muir Gordon, currently work together, with Jennie handling day to day management of their ranch. They have four grown children, daughters Bea and Anne, son Aaron and his wife Megan, and son Spencer and his wife Sarah.

Treasurer Gordon explains priorities for gubernatorial run

Via The Sheridan Press

SHERIDAN — State Treasurer Mark Gordon visited Sheridan Tuesday night and laid out his platform campaign for governor.

Gordon’s platform highlights three priorities for the state. The first is reducing the size of the state government so that it will “live within its means.” The second priority is to reduce government regulations to attract new businesses to the state and the third is ensuring the state has a strong education system.

Reducing the size of government

 Debates over the size of the state government took center stage during the recent legislative budget session. Gordon said he would have liked to have seen more progress on scaling back the size of government in the budget. Determining where to cut, Gordon said, will require the state to determine which government agencies and services are essential. The state, then, could look to scale back nonessential sections of its government.

“There are some efficiencies you can come to, some technological fixes, but those are on the margin and are not going to completely solve the problem,” Gordon said. “What I think is, is the ability to help to set priorities: what are the things we absolutely need to have versus what are the things that are nice to have?”

State economy

 Gordon said he is hopeful about the ENDOW initiative but noted that Wyoming has made similar efforts throughout its history.

“Every administration there has been an effort to diversify Wyoming’s economy,” Gordon said. “In some of the conversations that were going on when they were discussing the [state] constitution, they were very worried about diversifying the economy — in 1888, 1889, 1890. So it’s been a theme through the ages.”

More recently, he pointed to the Wyoming Futures Initiative the state undertook in the 1980s. Gordon said while the recommendations that initiative forwarded were not adopted, it facilitated important discussions about the future of the state economy.

“The crowning achievement of ENDOW is going to be making sure we have conversations about what our future is going to look like,” Gordon said.

To develop the state’s economy, Gordon said he is primarily concerned with reducing regulations to make the state more business friendly. Doing that, he stressed, would largely depend on how successful the state is in reducing its government to a sustainable size.

“If people look at Wyoming’s budget today… they see it did not get solved this year, it may not be sustainable, they’re going to say ‘how long is that going to last?’” Gordon said. “For the future of Wyoming, that’s what’s critical, is making sure we have a solid basis that looking forward people can say ‘I see they have a path forward that guarantees I’m going to have a low-tax structure and a reliable governmental platform on which to build my business.’ Then you get diversification and then you have an economy that can resist; you’re always going to have booms and busts, that’s commodities, but [a durable economy can] resist the worst of the worst.”

He also stressed that there are significant opportunities presented by emerging technolgies in Wyoming’s more traditional economic sectors, like energy and agriculture. In the energy sector, for instance, Gordon highlighted opportunities carbon fiber technologies can offer. The proposed Ramaco facility in Sheridan County would focus largely on working with carbon fiber, and Gordon said the University of Wyoming is also researching uses for carbon fiber.

State education

 When it comes to education, Gordon said he believes the state needs to consider education on a district-by-district basis. During the recent budget session, Gordon said he thought the Legislature struggled to agree on education funding because it tried to advance “one-size-fits all” cuts to education spending.

“I was on the school board in Johnson County and I can tell you the way we would look at trying to structure that budget would be different than you would see at the statewide level,” Gordon said.

He added, in some cases, the state should consider consolidating school districts going forward.

To increase the amount of money the state puts toward education, Gordon said he would push the state to set aside a piece of the mineral trust fund for education funding.