Wyoming Liberty Group
Voters must do hard work to choose next mayor
When Cheyenne voters rejected the city administrator proposal last fall, they reaffirmed their commitment to vote responsibly and placed a special emphasis on this year’s mayoral elections. Those same voters must now examine each candidate and vote for who is best-equipped to do the day-to-day job of managing the city. It is never an easy job, and the fact that ten people filed applications for mayor makes vetting the candidates even more difficult.
Election season is well underway, and voters across Wyoming have been casting absentee ballots since July 1st. Voting by informed citizens is essential to preserve government of the people by the people and for the people. Now is the time for informed citizens to stand their ground and exercise their right to make decisions that preserve freedom for ourselves and our posterity. This is when every citizen must do their part to uphold and defend the constitutions that are the bulwark to defend liberty.
When the City Council and the Chamber of Commerce asked Cheyenne’s voters to allow the City Council to hire a professional city administrator to take over many of the day-to-day administrative duties of the mayor, they were looking for a solution to some very real and persistent problems that plague City Hall. These problems still exist even after the administrator proposal lost and the broader issue, how to ensure that the city is competently and professionally managed, will never go away. Cheyenne voters opted for self-government as envisioned by America’s revolutionary generation.
The mayor’s job is very different from the job city council members hold and it’s important that voters understand those differences. The mayor’s job is not limited to proposing solutions to city problems. The mayor also has to oversee the city’s day-to-day operations. The mayor has to competently hire, and fire, department heads. The mayor even prepares the draft budget for the city council to change and approve—then implements the city-budget as approved. Unlike city council members, the mayor’s job is less about ideas and more about skills, organization, and getting the job done. The mayor cannot get by without reading reports, analysis and proposals.
Most importantly, the mayor cannot be a tool of city bureaucracy. Self-government as envisioned by America’s revolutionaries depends on an elected executive that does not work on behalf of the permanent city staff, but works for the citizens to protect them from the entrenched bureaucracy and staff. This is why Wyoming Liberty Group’s Core Principles call on voters to arm themselves with solid research about which candidates are most able to competently do the mayor’s job in order to make informed, vital decisions to preserve freedom and combat government’s tendency to do things to them in the name of doing things for them.