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Natrona County Commission, Candidates Speak Part 1 [AUDIO]

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The political season heats up and the candidate signs on the lawns grow.

For Natrona County Commission there will be two, four-year seats up this fall.  K2 Radio brings you a series of interviews with the candidates providing a brief introduction to the nine Republicans and one Democrat who’ve put their name in the hat.

The primaries on August 21st will hone that list down to two candidates from each party.

In this installment we introduce three… all Republicans.

Forrest Chadwick lives in the county east of Casper and says he believes it’s time for a change in perspective on the commission.

“For the past five months I’ve attended virtually every commissioner’s worksession and meeting and I believe there’s little doubt that I’ll be able to have a positive impact immediately.”

Chadwick considers the current and likely future budget shortfalls of primary concern.

Listen here for his full interview.

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Matt Keating is one of the incumbents, completing his second term in office.

“The biggest issue that we have right now moving forward is the budget. We’re a commodity driven state. You can watch the CREG report or the consensus revenue estimating group and things aren’t as rosy as first projected.”

Keating says of the projects he’s been involved in during his time on the board, the construction of a new juvenile detention center is one he’s most proud of.

Listen here for his extended interview.

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Julie Collins, has lived her whole life in Casper and is an insurance agent and sales manager, in charge of the state of Wyoming at Bankers Life and Casualty.

“I really feel like I’m good on keeping budgets balanced and finding places in the budget where we can cut money and just making sure that the money that is spent is spent properly and we’re getting the most bang for our buck.

Collins says she’s against raising taxes of any sort and would rather see the county work hard to create more revenue.

Listen here for an interview with Julie Collins.

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