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Democratic House candidate gives voters a choice from the status quo

 

March 19, 2016



WORLAND — Ryan Greene, Democratic candidate for U.S. House, stopped in Worland Thursday, part of an eight-day, 23-county tour.

“We’re going to all 23 counties to meet with our team and really get the campaign going. I’ve got to get name recognition and meet the folks,” Greene said. He added that as the lone Democrat candidate “I know I’m the underdog in this race. I’m the only Democrat and the only one with any energy background.”

He said his family company, Greene’s Energy Service, started in 1998, is involved in many aspects of Wyoming’s energy industry — coal, trona, fertilizer, mining. The company has 215 employees and is in three states.

In regard to his bid for the office currently held by Rep. Cynthia Lummis, Greene said, “Wyoming’s problems are not new. We’ve got the same problems we’ve had since I’ve been alive. We’ve got a boom and bust economy and our kids leave the state every single year.

He said when he looked at the list of the Republican candidates, “It’s the same message, the same results, or lack of results. It’s basically hitting the repeat button.”

Greene said he was a bit surprised with Lummis retiring that there weren’t more Democratic candidates. “I think there’s just this overlaying idea that Democrats have no chance in this state and things like that. But everywhere we go, Republicans and Democrats alike, is that voters are tired of being taken advantage of from the representatives. They campaign on Wyoming’s issues and vote on personal issues. Wyoming voters are tired of being taken advantage of.”

It has been 40 years since Wyoming has sent a Democratic to Washington and “what do we have to show for it,” Greene said.

Greene said he works with both parties. “We do it every day in the field and we don’t have the luxury of blaming the president for everything if we don’t perform.”

He said he would bring realistic, practical solutions to the state. “I would do what I could to secure a seat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and then I would form a bipartisan energy alliance with other energy states, blue, red or purple. Then I would explore new markets for our energy products and push new markets for our coal. Wyoming needs to be leading that effort.”

Greene said another important issue for him is taking care of neighbors, including making sure Medicare and Social Security is not eliminated.

In regard to health care, Greene said the Affordable Care Act has been the law of the land for six years. “It’s not perfect and we need to improve it,” he said, but added that for the Republicans to vote 60 times to repeal it rather than fix it is a waste of time and money for the taxpayers.

He said issues that need to be fixed include high cost of name brand prescriptions, and shopping for health insurance. He said it’s a problem when people are limited to shopping for a product (health insurance) in their state alone. Especially when a person can go to a neighboring state to purchase a car or other products.

“Another big issue is challenging Wyoming’s political status quo. I think these guys get a free pass with an R by their name on the ballot. We have candidates who are voting to privatize public lands and grow the federal government. These are not Wyoming’s values but we give the politicians a free pass. We’re going to challenge the voters to look under the hood, to peel back the label.”

Greene added, “That’s what we’re hearing a lot on the trail too is what we’ve been doing is not working. I think the words are broken promises.”

Greene, a Rock Springs resident and lifelong resident of Wyoming, earned a business degree from Western International University and a welding certificate from Lincoln Electric. He has worked as a roustabout, pipe welder, certified welding inspector and now serves operations manager for the company.

He said he understands if elected, being a Congressman is a full-time job. He added that if elected he will be in the state as much as possible in order to keep current on all Wyoming’s issues.

He has been married to his wife Lindsey, for 12 years. They have two children.

 
 

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