Merav Ben-David is a climate scientist, a UW professor, hunter, veteran, and a Wyomingite through and through.
She is running for the US Senate because our current politicians don’t listen to data, facts, and science. The biggest threat to Wyoming’s working families right now is climate change: as the world transitions to renewable energy, more than 50 percent of Wyoming’s economy would crumble, leaving many Wyominites without access to jobs, healthcare, and education.
Rather than thinking of short-term solutions, Merav prioritizes forward-thinking proposals that are based on data projections of 5, 20, 50 years into the future. Merav’s holistic platform centers on three R’s:
Rescue: provide pandemic relief to Wyoming residents and small businesses to help Wyomingites keep their homes and feed their families.
Reimagine: broaden our vision for Wyoming beyond fossil fuels, and attract industries that bring stable, high paying jobs.
Rebuild: use FDR’s New Deal as a blueprint to get Wyoming and the country back to work and future-proof our economy while protecting the environment.
Scientists, at their core, are problem solvers. The problems we face today call for a bold vision, one informed by facts, one with a long term view, and one that a scientist like Merav is uniquely poised to lead.
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We need to bring respect, dignity and understanding back into our political discourse. We can disagree without being disagreeable. We cannot go on with this divisive politics of destruction, of personal attacks and insults. I would like to work towards a societal and political realm, where we are working to close the cultural divide, and promote bipartite.
I am running for the Democratic Party nomination for US Congress, but I have demonstrated throughout my political career a willingness and ability to not only reach across the political aisle, but to work constructively with Republican colleagues. For example, recently I served as Chair of the Arizona Commission of Indian Affairs at the Governor's office and participated on the Arizona Governor"s Human Trafficking Task Force, both of these were with Governor Doug Ducey of Arizona, who is a Republican.
Likewise, I worked with Governor Gordon of Wyoming on his Executive Order to address the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW) crisis, and I serve on the Governor's Task Force that was established on the basis of that order. I've worked at the state-level, federal-level, in tribal government, and have also provided research and data to the United Nations. Lastly, I have spent most of my career advocating for the under-served and the underrepresented -- this effort will continue.
I aspire to focus on policies that actually benefit the working-class, because I come from the working-class. Wyoming needs a strong voice; I promise to be that and honor my fellow Wyomingites.
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As a child of two immigrants, originally from Atlanta, I moved here for the natural beauty, but found something I didn't expect, the people and the welcoming community. Whether it's being in a show for Riot Act, making bowls on the pottery wheel at the Art Association or just taking a hike up Snow King, our small community has an enormous amount to offer, and I love being a part of it. By day, I'm a Software Engineer, and I've also been one of your START Board members for over a year. It's a community that I want to give back to and make stronger. It's one with values I want to build upon with all of Wyoming.
I want to make sure it can continue to be a place to raise a family, because I believe that’s the foundation of a sustainable community. That means building a stable economy in Wyoming and moving away from a boom and bust one. That means making sure that Wyoming can retain great people and families instead of the state population being in decline. That means ensuring that families can afford their homes, that kids have access to a free quality education across the state, including higher education, and that everyone in Wyoming feels safe, secure, and welcome in their communities.
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I’ve been fighting for our values in Cheyenne, and I’m proud of the results I’ve gotten for our community. While many of our goals are on hold for the moment, our values are the cornerstone of how we will provide support for our citizens, businesses, and local governments as we begin to chart our path for recovery.
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