While Bob Ide’s concerns about big government's overreach into people’s lives and businesses have prompted him to run for Senate District 29, incumbent Sen. Drew Perkins hopes to be re-elected to work on his goals, including expanding and diversifying Wyoming’s economy.
SD29 includes west Casper and western Natrona County. Ide and Perkins face each other in the Aug. 19 Republican primary. Ide, 55, and Perkins, 58, wrote answers to biographical and issues questions for an election guide that will be published in August in the Star-Tribune.
Ide is a real estate investor who, in addition to concerns about government overreach, is running because of “the dismantling of our Constitution and rule of law for more and bigger government,” he said. “The American dream is about freedom, freedom to work hard and the freedom to keep the fruits of your labor and to use it as you see fit, not through government force.”
In addition to the economy, attorney Perkins’ goals include “protecting and enhancing responsible development of Wyoming’s energy resources; controlling state spending while expanding savings; fighting against continued overreach by federal government; maintaining and improving transportation infrastructure; and protecting Wyoming’s wildlife and improving access and habitat.”
Ide is open to downsizing the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s responsibilities to the purpose of just managing wildlife that is hunted to address long-term funding concerns.
“I am in favor of a user-pay system,” Ide said. “License fee structure needs to be adjusted to solve funding concerns."
Perkins wants a pricing study to identify chronic shortfalls.
“There is no long-term funding solution outside of creating a trust fund or raising fees somewhere, and we are making progress in that area,” he said. “True solutions to ‘long-term funding’ is a matter of setting our priorities and living within our means.”