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I’m wild about Wyoming.  We’re hearty and brave.  We turn our challenges into opportunities.  The first state to recognize the right of women to vote, we had the first female justice of the peace, first female governor, first all female jury.  We were the first state with a public library system.  We opened the first business west of the Mississippi.  We were the first state with a national park, national forest, national monument.  We had the first football game under artificial lights.  We invented the LLC.  And now we’re the first state with blockchain legislation, making Wyoming the most tech-friendly state in the nation.  Our small size let’s us move.  And those are the types of forward-thinking quick moves that can propel us to new business frontiers.

As a businessperson in Jackson Hole for twenty-six years, my mission has been to serve my community. I have had to balance a small-business budget in good years and bad.  I understand focusing on long-term vision while being nimble enough to maneuver short-term obstacles. Serving on several local non-profit boards, my voice has been one of conservative and effective spending, productive and customer-oriented distribution of services, and remaining focused on the organizations’ mission.

The gridlock in national politics is infuriating. It’s contagious. Electing bridge builders who are able to see many sides of an issue  to form effective policy is the best way we can keep our state healthy and productive.

In my six years as a legislator, I effectively represented Teton County interests for increased jobs, support of our tourism economy, preserving our parks and wild lands for future generations, promoting a healthy business environment, fair compensation for state and school employees in our high-cost county, and support of clean energy initiatives.

I have strong views about conservative spending. I also understand that re-investing is necessary for healthy growth. Effective investments in education pay off by ensuring our kids a bright future and setting them up for success.  Responsible investments in infrastructure and incentives pay off by creating a robust business environment where Wyoming graduates have challenging jobs and can support a family.  Investments in conservation ensure we have wilderness and wildlife for future generations.

We have a culture of civility and productivity in our Wyoming citizen legislature, which brings together people who live and work in their own communities with a diversity of experiences and views.   I am proud to be part of that legacy and I am committed to carry it into the future.

I invite your comments and questions directed to rpetroff@wyoming.com