CASPER, Wyo.– Election season is underway and Oil City News has sent a list of questions to every candidate for Casper City Council who has shown up to run in the primary election in August.
These questions are designed to give our readers a better understanding of the people behind the names on the ballot. Below, discover Woody Warrenrunning for a Ward III seat on the Casper City Council:
1. Who are you? (name, where you are from, job, hobbies, etc.)
Woody Warren. Born and raised in WY (born in Cheyenne, raised in Rock Springs). I skate and snowboard, fish, and love working on my many project vehicles.
2. Why did you decide to run for office and what do you hope to achieve if elected?
I decided to run in 2020, where I failed (725 votes) in the primaries. I decided to run again, because of my family. I want to show that a difference can be made, just by stepping up and making my voice heard. The main objective that I wish to accomplish would be to ensure, maintain and put in place measures to improve the financial situation of our city and reduce the excesses of the government.
3. How do you plan to achieve your goals?
The main step is to ask the hard questions. Mainly why… Why do we spend money where we are? Why do we need to spend money where we are? Is there a better (possibly local) option? With some of these issues will come a backlash. I’m waiting for this. But to fully understand our financial situation, you must be able to “go into the details” with the budget. It’s not tedious work, it’s boring. But every penny must be accounted for, and our government must account for every penny. In today’s economy, many families have to tighten their belts, so why not the government?
4. What experience do you have that qualifies you for the position you are seeking?
Over 20 years in retail have prepared me for this role. Not only financially (being able to write and maintain budgets, read and understand profit and loss), but it turned me into a servant leader. I want to serve. I want to hear.
5. Do you think you could be a good steward of taxpayers’ money? Why or why not?
I will be a good steward with taxpayers’ money. Being a registered libertarian, I strongly believe in fiscal responsibility and transparency. I’m NOT for reckless spending and I’m NOT afraid to ask the hard questions. And besides, taxation is theft anyway……
6. On the issue of transparency, how far along are you in ensuring that all public affairs are conducted openly and in a manner that encourages public participation?
I am 100% for transparency. The community deserves to know exactly where their money is being spent.
7. Do you think the office or board position you are seeking has been open and honest with the public? If so, how can the entity remain open and transparent in the conduct of public affairs in the future. If not, what changes would you implement to ensure that all future transactions are open and transparent?
I don’t think they were as transparent as they could have been. There have been times over the past few years when I’ve been happier with the amount of information provided, but too many times have I heard “Well, that’s the way things are.” The main solution to this would be to just (again) ask the questions and force the council, city manager, etc. answer the question to such an extent that the audience is satisfied with the answer or has a better understanding of the problem.
8. If you were chairing a meeting and a topic was discussed that you did not fully understand, would you ask for a more detailed explanation during the meeting or would you seek the information after the meeting?
9. If elected or re-elected, do you plan to seek major political changes in your chosen position? If so, what would those changes be? If not, why not?
The main problem (as I see it), is not a splashy one. Budgets and finances are one of the biggest issues I see day in and day out with our city. The only policy changes I would make would be to remove (and restrict) orders that result in greater government overreach in our community.
10. Is there anything the questions above did not ask that you would like to comment on?
NOTE: All of the principal candidates who applied for the Casper City Council received questionnaires at the same time and Oil City News will publish the responses in the order in which they are received. Candidates’ answers are edited for clarity and style only.
If you are a candidate and have not seen the questionnaire in your inbox, please email [email protected]. Oil City News sent questionnaires to Natrona County candidates running in the primary for municipal, county office or a seat in the Wyoming Legislature based on email addresses shared by the office of the Natrona County Clerk; if you prefer the questionnaire to be sent to another address, please let us know.