Magpul deal a center of dispute in Wyoming GOP treasurer primary

2014-08-09T01:00:00Z Magpul deal a center of dispute in Wyoming GOP treasurer primaryBy TREVOR GRAFF Casper Star-Tribune The Billings Gazette
August 09, 2014 1:00 am  • 

CASPER — Retired U.S. patent agent Ron Redo is challenging incumbent Mark Gordon in the GOP primary for Wyoming treasurer.

Gordon was appointed in 2012 to the state office tasked with investing the state’s money. Gordon is running for his first full term after being appointed to replace the late Joe Meyer.

“I am running for my first full term because I want to finish the work that I have begun since being appointed in 2012; improve the state’s financial health, diversify (its) economy and make the way my office operates more efficient, accessible and transparent,” he said.

Gordon said his first priority is safeguarding the integrity of state funds. Beyond state government, he owns the Merlin and Gordon ranches.

Redo is a former patent agent and auditor. He says his experience in auditing has prepared him for the work of managing Wyoming’s funds.

He said that he isn’t inclined to give government money to private companies and that he would not have supported the State Loan and Investment Board’s agreement that led to firearm accessory manufacturer Magpul’s move to Wyoming.

Instead, he said, the SLIB should prioritize the use of funds for infrastructure needs based on the populations those funds could affect.

Gordon said the state can offer loans to businesses.

“I have worked hard to make sure our efforts there do not compete with other lending institutions and offer only assistance at an appropriately substantial industrial scale,” Gordon said.

The winner of the Aug. 19 primary will likely win the seat. No Democrat filed for the position.

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