A business owner in Douglas is trying to become governor

Politically, the newcomer James Scott Quick of Douglas is a Republican candidate for governor. Mr. Quick came to Wyoming in 1969 and graduated from Douglas High School. After serving in the Marine Corps, he worked in the energy industry and currently runs a company to service oil fields. He told Bob Beck that he was concerned about the loss of liberties in the country and the state and this led him to join the race. Quick said there are some priorities he would like to work on.

James Scott Fast: Return to our first new service in our state parks, instead of this reservation-only system. There should be maybe 10 to 15 percent of the seats in our reservation park, because I know it’s important. Our tourism is important. And I know that when people travel long distances, they want to know they have a place to go. But I’ve actually been campaigning for more than a year, talking to thousands of people in Wyoming. And it’s a major problem in the state that we can hardly even use our state parks because you can’t make reservations about them and then people go down there and they’re half full. So I want to get back to things before the pandemic in our state parks.

I really want to address our civil servants. There are about 15,100 civil servants, the last time I checked. I really want to get good promotions, not two percent, not five percent, I want to get them to where they need to be so they can make a living. Especially our Wyoming Highway Patrol, we’ll probably be more than 50 percent on our Highway Patrol by the end of the summer. And the ones I talked to, one of the main things [they say] is that they can hardly survive on the money they are paid. And these guys are literally in danger of their lives every day when they go to work.

Some of the other things I want to look at are the nuclear power plant coming to Wyoming. I really have a lot of questions on this, in fact I would like to keep the power plants open instead of closing them. I think we need to protect jobs, we need to worry about new jobs later. My wife actually had the idea more than a year ago that we should be able to form a cooperative with the people of Wyoming and either buy those four plants they want to close, or take them and maintain them.

Bob Beck: One area of ​​concern is healthcare. Many people in the state are really struggling to either afford insurance, and get insurance and adequate health care. And one of the proposed solutions is the expansion of Medicaid. First, think about expanding Medicaid? And if you don’t like it, what would you do with some of these problems?

JQ: I have to look at it much more than I have. But with the expansion of Medicaid, is it just interfering with government more in your personal life? I don’t think that’s the answer. I think we need to open it up to more competitive competition in the free market. I think that would reduce the cost of this, but I’m not really on board the Medicaid expansion.

BB: The other thing we’re talking about a lot in the state right now is the need for and lack of mental health resources in the state. Do you have any ideas about this and what we can do to solve this problem?

JQ: I was very lucky where I didn’t really have to deal with such things. But I’ve talked to a lot of people in the state about it. And as I understand it, funding has been cut a lot for many people with mental health in Wyoming, providers and caregivers, and the like. Would I really like to look at this and see why we are interrupting it? You know, I don’t think we need to reduce funding for mental health at all. I want to say that this is one of the things that I think we really need to look seriously at why funding has been cut for this and see if we can get it back.

BB: This year I heard a lot about K-12 education on different fronts. While we often talk about the funding aspect, there are other things like choosing a school and things that are being discussed. If you had to be chosen, what areas of education are you interested in and what changes or suggestions do you have in this area?

JQ: Honestly, I think this is going to be one of the hardest things for me to deal with, it’s from K to 12. Because I believe in choosing a school. I mean, we need more. I believe they are actually bringing in more charter schools and other things in the state right now. I just heard in Casper that they are building one. I think it will be online next year. I’m not sure about that. But we need to get more of them into the country.

I think we need more trade schools above K to 12. I think we should try to get more trade schools in the state. And honestly, when it comes to our K to 12, I support parents and teachers more than the administration because I’ve heard some numbers about it. And I believe there are 23 counties in the state. And I think 48 school districts. I really want to look at this because I don’t understand why. I know we pay a lot per child for our K to 12 and I don’t think we get enough in return. So I think that will be one of my main obstacles to deal with.

BB: The other thing I’m hearing from Republicans across the state right now is the long-running debate about how to equalize revenue for Wyoming? You are in the energy industry, you probably know this better than anyone else, but no one wants new taxes. In fact, in your industry, people are looking to cut some taxes. So how do we stabilize that revenue if we really have to?

JQ: Many of them, I think, if we just cut our regulations, we will remove the government from the way we make a smaller government. And I love competition because it makes me perform better. It really makes me look at my dollars and stuff. And I think that if we just get the government out of the way, cut some regulations and open it, I think we will bring more business to the state.

BB: So it’s about attracting more businesses? Do we need to reform the tax system so that there are other companies that have paid as much as your industry?

JQ: It must be taken seriously. With government subsidies and all these other things, it has to be fair in general. And I mean, this is something that definitely needs to be considered, and there is no industry that has to pay more than another.

They asked me what I could do for agriculture in the country? I’m not an adult. I grew up in the cities. I know many people who own land. And one of the things I have [heard] our water rights are a major issue. The 30/30 things that come from Washington, we have to fight them as much as we can. I also want to get more beef from Wyoming in Wyoming schools.

BB: I also wanted to ask you about property taxes. Many people in the state are struggling with them. Do you have any thoughts on this and are there any corrections that can be made?

JQ: This has happened a lot lately. They’ve gone up a bit here in Converse County, I don’t think they’ve gone up as much as in some other places. This is something else that really needs to be considered. And I believe we need to put a cap on where they can’t lift them. Some of these places, as far as I understand, are just getting scandalous about their property taxes. And I don’t think that’s right, we need to take it really seriously and get to where the hat is.

BB: How can people learn more about you and connect with you?

JQ: If they go to my website. I’m also on Facebook as James Scott Quick. And then my email. My phone number is 307-359-9576. And if I do not answer this phone, please leave me a message and I will contact you as soon as possible.

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