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Issue Position: Public Records

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Elected officials work for the people. How office-holders vote, their schedule of public events and the records of their activities on behalf of the people are created and maintained with public funds. As such, those records should be available to the voters.

Wyoming law requires that public records be available for inspection, but the process of finding, retrieving and making those records available is often too complex, time-consuming or expensive to be of practical use to most people.

If elected, I plan to use this web site to publish and catalog as many relevant public documents, records, reports and other data as possible, particularly when those records relate to issues that District 24 residents are most likely to be interested in.

I find it helpful to use an analogy where we think of government as a business, and the people are the owners of that business. Elected officials are the managers chosen to run the daily operations of that business. The records we create are the property of the people. Just as a business owner would rightfully expect access to any document created by a hired manager, so it is with public records.

This kind of transparency and accountability is not only important for building public confidence in elected officials, it's the most productive and efficient way to make sure we all have the information we need to make good public policy decisions together.


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