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Campbell County Candidate Questionnaire: Ken Clouston for State Rep for District 32

GILLETTE, Wyo. — County 17 has sent out a questionnaire to those running in the primary election in August. The following are the answers from Ken Clouston, who is running for State Representative for District 32.

1. Please introduce yourself and describe your educational and employment history. Please include your name and hometown and highlights of past Campbell County involvement.
Kenneth Clouston
Graduate Degree:  Doctorate on Physical Therapy 2005 University of North Dakota
Bachelors of Science Physical Therapy 1992 University of North Dakota
Mandan High School 1988   Mandan, ND
Married Wyoming native Chris Eixenberger of Colony, WY in June 1993 and moved to Gillette WY.  We have one son, Cordell Clouston of Ft. Collins, CO.
CEO and Physical Therapist: Gillette Physical Therapy, P.C.       2005 – Present
Clinical Director and Rehabilitation Services Manager:  CCMH   1993-2005
Staff Physical Therapist:  MedCenter One Bismarck, ND             1992-1993
Volunteer Youth Baseball and Basketball Coach: 14 Years
Campbell County School Board:: 2016-Present
WY State Board of Education: 2021 – Present
Rotary Member: 2005 – Present
Past President and Vice President: WY Physical Therapy Association
2. Why have you decided to run for this office? 
I have always been interested in and involved in politics.  I have been raised with core beliefs in community involvement, family centered, and service to others. I do not have an agenda and I do want to bring my common sense and conservative beliefs to the represent the community of Campbell County at the state legislature.
3. Compared with other candidates running in this election, why are you the best candidate for this position? 
I am energetically and actively involved daily in many areas that are important to our community.  As a successful small business owner, I am involved daily with medical insurance issues locally and nationally, healthcare overall, school district and state education policies, and outdoor activities.  My personality is conservative in budgeting and gathering as much information as possible before making a decision.  I believe my variety of experiences and leadership positions give me a well rounded resume to represent Campbell County.
4. What is your vision for the future of your district? What, if any, new initiatives would you like to implement if elected? 
We need to continue to support the coal and oil industries, as well as the agriculture and educational institutions.  While we support these areas, we also need to increase the economic development of our state.  As we have low unemployment, and a limited population for a large workforce, we need to promote small business of 5-25 employees.  We need to invest in our children by providing a great education (5th best in the nation) and invest in small businesses.
5. How will you effectively manage taxpayer dollars? Do you plan to promote any changes to existing taxes? If so, why? 
I am fiscally conservative by nature.  Whether it is our local school board or the State Board of Education, I am always asking:
How will we pay for this?  What will we cut to implement this new expense?  Why are we spending money on this item? What other options do we have?
6. Is there anything else voters should know about you as they determine whom to vote for?
I believe in local control, each state should decide their own laws and policies as much as possible, and each city as well.  What is good for Washington DC or California is not necessarily good for Wyoming.  Current issues would be gun laws, Covid restrictions, abortion, school issues, land use, and wildlife management.to name a few.  Also, what is good for Cheyenne or Jackson is not necessary good for or needed in Gillette.
I also believe the bureaucratic institutions and agencies have far too much power in this country.  These life long bureaucrats are setting rules and policies that truly affect our lives, these are not laws of the land set by Congress, but agency rules that often circumvent Congress and the will of the people.