GILLETTE, Wyo. — County 17 has sent out a questionnaire to those running in the primary election in August. The following is the response from Ronda Boller, who is running for State Representative for District 52.
- Please introduce yourself and describe your educational and employment history. Please include your name and hometown and highlights of past Campbell County involvement.
My name is Ronda Boller, I am a Christian, wife, mom, grandma, nurse, and conservative Republican. Our family has lived in Campbell County since the early 1900’s when my grandparents first homesteaded here.
I graduated from Campbell County High School in 1979. My husband John and I have been married for 43 years, we have three children and nine grandchildren. Over the years I raised kids, ranched, and helped operate Boller Reclamation. I worked with at-risk youth at Wright Junior Senior High School for eight years before returning to college, where I graduated in 2006 from the Gillette Campus Nursing Program. I later went on to work at the Campbell County Senior Center, becoming Director of In-Home Services and grant writer. In 2009, I founded TenderCare, LLC, where we provide in-home care services to elderly and disabled persons throughout northeast Wyoming.
I was elected to the Campbell County Cemetery District in 2010, re-elected in 2012 and served until my term ended in fall 2016. In 2016, I successfully ran for the Campbell County Hospital Board, where I chaired several committees, and was elected Vice-Chairman. I was the first Campbell County Hospital Board Trustee to be certified as Best on Board by the Wyoming Hospital Association. I completed my term in 2020 and chose not to run for re-election.
- Why have you decided to run for this office?
I have always been involved in our community at some level from being a Candy Striper in Jr. High at the hospital, to working as a case manager with the Salvation Army after the Oriva Hills tornado a few years ago. I believe it is our duty and privilege, as citizens, to give back to our communities and leave things better than we found them. This is a precept we have worked to instill in our children and grandchildren. I think it is important to speak up for those who are unable or unwilling to speak for themselves, such as children, elderly, and disabled veterans. Legislators have many opportunities to do this, and I intend to be an advocate for all those in District 52, Campbell County and Wyoming, who want someone to truly represent them in the House.
- Why are you the best candidate for this position?
As a practical problem-solver, I have experience in dealing with serious issues that have impacted our community. I have worked at the local level to develop solutions to the challenges that affect our lives in Campbell County. My work in getting a bill drafted to provide options for senior care in Wyoming communities gave me the opportunity learn the legislative process firsthand and to testify before the Joint Health and Labor Committee regarding the importance of this legislation. I am proud to say that I played a small part in the passage of the Senior Health Care Special Districts bill which was signed by Governor Gordon during the 2020 Legislative session. Through this process, I learned so much about how our legislature functions and have been able to develop working relationships with various legislators and public officials throughout the state so that, if elected, I can hit the ground running.
- What is your vision for the future of your district? What, if any, new initiatives would you like to implement if elected?
House District 52’s future is tied directly to Wyoming and the nation’s future. We want the best for our children and grandchildren, we want them to be able to lead their own lives, work good jobs, and start their own families and businesses without government interference. We do not want them to be so burdened by taxes that they can’t enjoy the fruits of their labor. We want schools that teach the basics, how to live useful, constructive lives by giving them real-life skills. We want our elderly to be cared for, not ware-housed in federally funded facilities where mandates cause them to wither away, unable to see their families or friends, in order to “keep them safe”.
We must get spending under control; inflation is eating into every dollar we make. The “Green New Deal” is killing us on so many levels. Wyoming needs to take every opportunity to fight the federal government’s overreach into our state and local entities, our businesses, and our families.
I cannot and will not make promises, other than to do my best to work on these issues. I will serve and represent, to the best of my ability, the people of House District 52, Campbell County and the State of Wyoming, because they are my people, my family, and my friends.
- How will you effectively manage taxpayer dollars? Do you plan to promote any changes to existing taxes? If so, why?
I have to admit, that the Wyoming State budgeting process is overwhelming, and if elected, I know as a freshman legislator, my first year will involve a learning curve. However, I have been working with Representative Sue Wilson of Laramie County who has very expertly been showing me the ropes. I am very frugal with my own finances both personal and business and expect to be frugal with Wyoming’s finances, as well.
Having worked with the school district, senior center, and hospital, all of whom receive state and federal funds, I know there is always room for cuts in any agency; however, I don’t believe across the board cuts are the best idea, because they often harm agencies that are working on a shoe-string budget and barely touch others which aren’t. I think a case-by-case basis is the wisest approach.
I do agree with the idea of lowering property taxes for elderly homeowners on limited incomes, especially now as these taxes continue to increase exponentially across the state.
- Is there anything else voters should know about you as they determine whom to vote for?
I think most of us are tired of the in-fighting and name calling we are seeing at all levels of government and society, in general. I will work to bring common sense and civility back to the legislative process, keeping in mind that: “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1.
The people of Campbell County deserve the best representation we can provide, so we must treat each other with respect, despite our differences, to get the work done. I have the time, the drive, and the passion to serve the folks of House District 52. We are a rural, widely diverse group, but ultimately, we all want the same things and that is to be able to enjoy our lives and to live them as we see fit.