By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
A Natrona County legislator has announced he will run against U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney in her re-election bid next year.
Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper, announced his campaign for Congress on social media early Thursday.
“We’ve all had the conversations around the kitchen table, at the counter in the local diner, and at the pumps filling up our cars with gas . . . Wyoming deserves better representation in Washington, D.C. than we’re currently getting,” Gray wrote in a letter to voters on his new campaign website. “Many of you have even reached out to share this frustration with me. That is why I have decided to run for Congress.”
Gray is the second Wyoming legislator to announce a bid against Cheney during the 2022 primary. Cheyenne Rep. Anthony Bouchard announced in January he will run against Cheney, partially due to her vote to impeach former President Donald Trump.
Cheney’s impeachment vote was also something Gray has vehemently opposed.
He noted that as a Christian, he values integrity above all else and gives back to his community by serving others before himself.
Gray got involved in politics by creating radio shows to “speak up for the voiceless,” and has been in the Wyoming Legislature since 2017.
“I’ve been a constant defender of liberty, economic freedom, limited government, and our shared, conservative values in this role,” Gray wrote. “Since the beginning, my number one priority has been Wyoming. After all, the role of a public servant is to serve those who they represent.”
Gray is also opposed to big government and tax increases and is pro-life.
“Wyoming is at a crossroads. To the left, we have the status quo — a career politician who looks at the job as a Member of Congress as her birthright that can be leveraged at her own discretion to further her own goals, values, and objectives,” Gray said. “To the right, we have the path towards prosperity.”
He added that he was a supporter of Trump’s “America First” policy, something Bouchard also said when he announced his congressional run.
“You have my word . . . this campaign will be about our shared values and the future of our Great State,” Gray said. “I look forward to spending more time with you over the coming months to discuss the issues that matter most to your family and plan our collective future together.”