For 39 years I worked in the Powder River Basin. The company I worked for was dishonest. They had started sifting money out of employees paychecks. I was one of the 33 employees out of approximately 600 that filed a wage claim. I could not return to work for a management team and vulture capitalists' who steal from their employees and the community.
I stood up for the rights of my coworkers when I was a coal miner, always looking out for their safety. I was a senior equipment operator, and I felt it was my responsibility. Now, I want to look out for my community with honesty and empathy as we enter times of both uncertainty and possibility.
Respecting different perspectives will solve problems in our community and our state. I'm ready to listen to the people, and I promise to have an open mind regardless of our differences.