The Jackson Hole Guide from Jackson, Wyoming on October 28, 1998 · 93
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The Jackson Hole Guide from Jackson, Wyoming · 93

Jackson, Wyoming
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Wednesday, October 28, 1998
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Wednesday, October 28, 1998 Jackson Hole Guide, EI5 Chary! W. "Butch iff changed. I am an ordinary working citizen. I have no personal interest in land, oil or gas leasing, nor does my family. I feel the public lands of Wyoming should be available to everybody. As a member of the board which issues leases in the state, I believe there should be a fair return to the State of oming. Also, at this time not everybody is paying the same lease dollar amount. There are some favor However, any investments in the stock market should be for the long term not the short term for safety, and I do not believe in foreign investments of state money. What special skills would you bring to the office?: Knowledge of accounting, auditing and also being a common working person who has worked for the state. What else should people know about your candidacy?: In my present. position working for Pioneer Printing in Cheyenne, I do accounting and appraising on the side.' . , Lovcridge (D) Age: 55 Family: Wife Peggy, son Jeremy, son Matt who was killed in a landslide two years ago, daughter Melissa and five grandchildren. ' Education: Cheyenne High School; B.S. in accounting at University of Wyoming. Previous political experience: None. Why are you seeking this tion?: I think some things in this state need to be James E. Blomquist (Libertarian) Age: 62 Family: Wife Carol Education: Bachelor of science, mechanical engineering, University of Wisconsin; registered professional engineer who holds or co-holds 19 patents. Previous political experience: Political activist since 1980, ran for seats in both the House and Senate of the Wyoming State Legislature. Why are you seeking this position?: I feel the state is involved far too much in our lives. The fact able lease agreements. The state invests ments should be in compliance with state statutes. that the treasurer has $3.5 billion to invest speaks a lot about our government. I'd like to see money returned to the people and let them decide how it should be invested. My main objective is to reduce the need for this office so it can be eliminated. What special skills would you bring to the office?: Because I have been an engineer for so long, I have had to develop a lot of problem-solving skills, and have had to adapt to the new technology that comes along every two minutes. This gives me a great deal of flexibility. I have also been a project engineer, managing projects and. allocating resources, so l have the ability to work with limited resources. What else should people know about your candidacy?: Basically, I am a strong advocate of the free market and an advocate of limited government and maximum personal liberty. I feel we have too much government, I feel it is too intrusive, and it is time to prune it back considerably t - , Cynthia Lummis (R) Age: 43 Family: Husband, Al Wiederspahn; daughter Annaliese Wiederspahn, 12. Education: Cheyenne East High School; B.S. in animal science biology, law degree at University of Wyoming. Previous political experience: 14 years in Wyoming Legislature. House revenue chairman for six years, six terms in the house, one term in the senate. Committee assignments in the house: House judiciary committee; House Agriculture and Public Lands and Water Resources Committee; Senate Judiciary Committee; the Senate Minerals, Business and Economic Development Committee; the Select f . ' z J J- ' XT Why are you seeking this position?: I've always had a keen interest in public service and giving back to doming. I understand what drives the Wyoming economy and how it affects the state revenue and state policies. I want to assist legislatures in meeting the needs of public school students, cities and towns and state agencies that serve doming people. I will look for opportunities to make safe, high-yielding investments in Wyoming businesses. I will work with the Wyoming Business Council and doming Community Development Authority to diversify Coming's economy. What special skills would you bring to the office?: I've served in the legislature and understand their needs and have a good working relationship Management Audit Committee; general counselor for with them and in private practice I worked on bank- Geringer; Interim Director of State Lands and ing law, tax law in general, commercial and corporate Investments; and law clerk at the Wyoming Supreme law. I also served as the interim director for the office Court. Nine years of private law practice. of State Lands and Investments which assists the states five elected officials with developing state investment policy and working with the state's investment advisers and managers. I served on the senate minerals business and economic development committee which has oversight over banking law. What else should people know about your candidacy?: I will further diversify Wyoming's investment portfolio consistent with the policies adopted by the Wyoming Board of Loans and Investments. I will add Wyoming investment advisers to the list of people who oversee the state's investments. I support and will use many checks and balances on state investments and fund management to assure safety and diversification. I support adoption of the Prudent Investor Rule, which would allow for investment in foreign-based businesses, but not foreign-based governments, under tightly monitored circumstances. continued from, E9 "The first thing I did was ask him to reschedule," McAfee said. "He told me he was too busy. He would decide the case (that day)." McAfee said he found himself in an overwhelming position. He was in an hearing without an attorney and he felt he was coerced to sign a document that stated there was mutual abuse in the relationship. McAfee said he didn't have a trial, and he still wants one. "I went a whole year without being confronted by the witnesses against me," McAfee said. "He stomped right over my civil rights. I am not an isolated incident. I'm just a guy who is not going to lay down." Kuvinka said judicial ethics prohibit him from commenting on the specifics of McAfee's case. "There's a case that was heard and under the cannons of judicial ethics, a candidate for judicial office should not make statements that appear to commit the candidate to a case that has come before the court or' is likely to come before the court again," Kuvinka said. Kuvinka denies wrongdoing. "As far as there being impropriety or arbitrariness, I would respond by saying, That's utter nonsense,' " Kuvinka said. McAfee said the justice court needs a dose of common sense from the common man. He said society is breeding bad lawyers that become bad judges. The perversion just snowballs," McAfee said. "We have a president who wants to debate the meaning of (the word) is." McAfee said he will uphold the Constitution, stop repeat offenders, and restore integrity to the justice system. Kuvinka said he is focused on taking the Justice Court into a new era. In the next six months, the court will move into a remodeled county building. The court system will also undergo changes as the Legislature reviews Wyoming's judicial system. Kuvinka said he wants Jackson to at least maintain what it has. T take it as part of my role to make sure all the elected officials are up to speed and that the people of the county are not going to be compromised when these changes go into place," Kuvinka said. Td hate to see us end up with less judicial resources than we have at present and 111 do what-ever I can to see that doesn't happen." Kuvinka said he'd stick to his current way of doling out justice. "I told voters four years ago that I was committed to making sure domestic violence and driving under the influence cases were handled in a way where those who needed counseling got it to deal with alcohol, drugs and anger," Kuvinka said. "I said that if the offenders failed in their treatment, then the court would treat it very seriously and hold those individuals responsible. That's been the policy and it will continue to be the policy in the next four years." Our forefathers made laws to protect individual freedoms and restrict government (judicial) power. We must honor the spirit and obey the letter of V V 'liberty and justice for all." A3 : I LECT OF THE Paid for by Jim McAfee for Justice of the Peace CP EACE Honor and Obey the Constitution

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