BUFFALO, Wyo. (AP) – Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon has announced he will seek re-election after a first term that included handling the COVID-19 pandemic and a loss of state revenue due to a decline in oil and gas production which led to deep budget cuts.
Gordon, a Republican, made the announcement Monday in Buffalo, the Casper Star-Tribune reported.
“I believe Wyoming is the best place on Earth bar none, and I believe Wyoming’s best days are ahead of it,” said Gordon, a moderate Republican. “And it’s because of you: the people of Wyoming.”
Gordon angered many Wyoming residents with a statewide mask mandate during a spike in COVID-19 that began in December 2020. He lifted the mandate four months later.
In mid-2021, he said he would not implement another statewide mask mandate or require vaccines, although he encouraged both.
Despite criticism from conservative Republicans, no well-known conservative candidate is challenging him, the Star-Tribune reported.
During the last legislative session, Gordon supported pay increases for state government employees and teachers, saying the state was losing workers to local governments and other states.
Wyoming’s primary election is in August. The state Democratic Party has yet to announce a candidate.