I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “every vote counts.” The obvious thought behind this is that without individual votes mounting up in a particular direction, the will of the people will not be accurately represented. This applies to election of candidates in primaries and general elections, state-wide ballot initiatives, local district measures, etc. However, I’m here to tell you that sometimes your vote to advance family values may not count.
Let’s talk about electing candidates for office. When you have deeply held pro-life and pro-family values, you seek to elect candidates that hold similar beliefs. However, all is not always what it seems.
In any election, candidates typically run under a particular party’s banner and you assume that they adhere to that party’s platform. Thus, you believe you are in effect voting for the party’s platform. However, there is sometimes a disconnect between a candidate carrying the party banner, versus how closely they adhere to the platform.
I’m happy to say that most legislators in Wyoming do represent their party’s platform, but not all do. If you don’t know this and vote for them, this is sometimes when your votes may not count to advance family values.
The Wyoming Primary election is as important as the General election because many of our counties lean heavily toward one party. Knowing the difference between two candidates in the same party can be more challenging, but that’s where Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming® comes in.
We have corresponded with most of the candidates in the Wyoming Primary Election and have produced a grading system to help you. We asked new candidates questions on Life, Religious Liberty, and Family Values and for incumbent candidates we looked at their voting record. We pass this information on by way of a grade from A+ to F. We are providing this to you to help in determining the best candidate in your legislative race.
Please visit the Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming election page and look at the candidates in your State Senate and State Representative races.
If you need to know where to vote, visit the Secretary of State’s website to find your polling place.
There are races in this primary election that will determine the direction of our state and our nation for many years to come. My prayer is that on the other side of this election we will have moved more towards a Wyoming where life is cherished, religious freedom flourishes, God is honored, and families thrive!
Vote by August 18th!
Election Season is upon us. The last day for filing as a primary candidate in Wyoming was at the end of May. This year, 35 candidates have filed to run for the 15 open seats in the Wyoming Senate and 123 candidates have filed in the contest for all 60 of the open seats in the Wyoming House of Representatives.
Determining who will represent us in the governing of our lives is one of the greatest privileges in the history of civilization. Throughout history, the norm has been “might makes right.” A king with all the power demands from his subjects complete obedience and servitude.
In Contrast, the American Constitution declared that power originates with “We the People.” These three remarkable words placed in the position of “King” every eligible voter of the land.
Consider the importance of your position as one of “The People.” In the Old Testament, you and I can read how the ancient kings of Israel did in the eyes of the Lord. Throughout the books of the Kings and the Chronicles, we often read the words, “And he did what right in the sight of the Lord.” But more often the words, “and he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord.” Sometimes, such as with King Joash of Judah, a partial endorsement comes out in the words, “He did what was right, yet not like his father David.” All of this means that God kept a careful accounting of how each king performed his duties during his time in authority.
The phrase “We the People” places every voter in the position of a “partial-king.” We jointly hold responsibility for how we respond to the decisions placed in front of us each election season. Just as history rightly holds the kings of the past accountable for how their nations fared during their reigns, future generations will look back at our decisions today.
Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming® is working to help you find the right candidates to support. Our Candidate Questionnaire is landing in the inboxes of our Legislative candidates and we look forward to reporting to you those candidates who will support a state where children are cherished, religious freedom flourishes, and families thrive.
As we enter this elective season, visit us at familypolicyalliance.com for updates and support us by clicking the red donate button at the top of the page.