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Taylor Haynes running to the right

Written by Tom Lawrence

Republican gubernatorial candidate Taylor Haynes, a retired surgeon, lives on a ranch and operates a pair of businesses, including one raising and selling organic, grass-fed beef. Republican gubernatorial candidate Taylor Haynes, a retired surgeon, lives on a ranch and operates a pair of businesses, including one raising and selling organic, grass-fed beef. Courtesy photo

Republican gubernatorial candidate asks voters to examine his record 

Dr. Taylor Haynes says he’s the true conservative voice — and choice — for Wyoming.

Haynes, 68, a Cheyenne rancher, businessman and retired doctor, is seeking the Republican nomination for governor. He announced his candidacy earlier this year, and is making campaign appearances across the state, including several in the area.

Haynes will be at the Northwest College DeWitt Student Center Lounge from 6-8:30 p.m. tonight (Tuesday). He held a fundraiser in Clark Sunday night and held a town hall meeting in Lovell on Monday.

“I am running to reform our state government in several areas, beginning with education,” Haynes said in an interview with the Powell Tribune. “I will also establish the proper working relationship with the federal government. I feel the governor could have a lot more success taking that approach.”

He will run against Gov. Matt Mead and Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill in the August Republican primary. Hill announced her intention to run last year, while Mead made his plans clear after the legislative session.

It won’t be his first bid for the office; Haynes ran for governor as an independent in 2010 and received 7.3 percent of the vote as a write-in candidate, totaling 13,796 votes.

“For a write-in candidate, that 7 and a half percent is more than anyone has ever done,” he said. “And I did it in a three-month period. That’s a pretty good showing.”

Deciding to run for office for the first time in his life was caused by his perception that the nation and state were headed in the wrong direction, Haynes said.

“Seeing the God-given rights being eroded caused it,” he said. “We’re losing our rights to do many things. And we’re losing our rights to educate our children.”

Haynes said there is simply “too much interference” in people’s personal lives today, as well as too much regulation on businesses. Those are issues he has faced in the past, he said.

“I’ve dealt with the federal government, face-to-face, one-to-one, and I’ve had quite bit of success,” Haynes said.

He said he has done so by respecting authority but by insisting they respect his rights. That’s an approach he would bring to the governor’s office, Haynes said.

He said he feels he can win both the nomination and the general election.

“This is not a symbolic campaign,” Haynes said. “We’ve received tremendous encouragement and support during this exploratory phase. We’re certain that we can win by the grace of almighty God.”

The religious theme is something he returned to in the interview, saying he has been successful in business “by the grace of God.” Haynes said his diverse business career, from entry-level jobs to years as a medical doctor and then top positions in health care companies, including one he owns, make him a qualified candidate.

“I will bring my senior executive leadership experience to the race and the office,” he said. “I operated a successful solo specialty surgical practice. I am an organic grass-fed beef rancher and an entrepreneur in health care coverage and employee benefits.”

Haynes said he believes he has an “excellent chance” to take office in January, and said he has been receiving a lot of positive feedback as he tours Wyoming.

“Fundraising’s going really well right now,” Haynes said, estimating he will need between $500,000 and $1 million to run a competitive race.

“We’re on pace to do that,” he said.

Haynes said he wants to engage in several debates with his opponents, and wants the candidates to “come in cold,” without knowing the topics that will be discussed or with any advance knowledge of the questions.

“When you’re sitting in office, do you really know what’s going to come in?” he said.  “I think debates are critical for voters to make their opinion.”

Haynes said he has nothing personally against Mead or Hill, and thinks Hill has been a good superintendent of public instruction. But he said he is disappointed in Mead’s performance.

“Clearly I don’t think he’s done a good job. If I thought he did a good job, I would not be running,” he said. “He should not be re-elected.”

‘Look at my body of work’

Haynes said he is calling on voters to judge the three candidates by their life experiences and accomplishments.

“Look at my body of work. That’s a body of work that voters should evaluate,” he said. “Obviously I think I can be the best candidate with my knowledge of and belief in the Constitution. I am saying compare what they are offering to what I am offering.”

Haynes said an issue he is focused on right now is Common Core Standards, a national program on language arts and math goals. Those standards are in place in Wyoming and several other states now, but he said he wants to see it repealed.

“Common Core will bring devastation to the future of our youth to the state and the country as well,” Haynes said. “I will lead and facilitate the reform of education so teachers are free to teach and parents are kept involved and control is kept at the local level. Thus, I will abolish Common Core.

“I have plans for an expanded role for our community colleges and University of Wyoming Outreach,” he said.

Haynes opposed the passage of Senate File 104, which stripped Hill of most of her duties. He said he was not at all surprised when the state Supreme Court rejected the law in January, declaring it unconstitutional.

Haynes said he strongly opposes the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision which would alter the boundaries of the Wind River Reservation.

“The recent decree by an unelected bureaucracy, the Environmental Protection Agency, unilaterally and negatively affects millions of Wyoming acres and thousands of Wyoming residents,” he said. “This is simply the result of an improper and unprofessional working relationship with the federal agencies and in this case the Wind River Reservation. My business experience bringing seemingly disparate people (companies) together to achieve a purpose will help a great deal in this area.”

Haynes said he feels Mead has done a poor job of working with the Washakie Tribe and he is “very disappointed” by that.

“He should have told them we want to engage in a thoughtful conversation and work together — we need each other — for a meaningful discussion,” Haynes said. “And that hasn’t happened.”

He said other issues he will address during the campaign include health care, over-taxation, over-regulation and dependable funding for our counties, cities and towns. He said he will be a proponent of individual liberties.

“I have concrete plans to address these and a system to account for and address the unforeseen,” he said. “The other candidates have not clearly articulated any issues to my knowledge.”

Although he lives in southeast Wyoming, Haynes has made several appearances in the northwest corner of the state. His campaign manager, Fi Brewer, and statewide coordinator, Shirley Tidwell, both live in Cody.

A diverse life and career

Haynes was born in Shreveport, La., in 1948, and grew up on a produce farm with his parents and four siblings.

He was raised a Democrat, but has been a Republican for most of his adult life, he said.

“The (Democratic) party’s changed,” Haynes said. “The party changed a great deal from when I grew up, when it had very strong Judeo-Christian values. Seems like myself and Ronald Reagan saw the same light; he was a Democrat, too, you know.”

He said he knew early on he wanted more for himself; he was determined to get a quality education.

“I paid for my education as a waiter, Teamster (freight worker/truck driver) and stevedore,” he said in an email.

Haynes earned a mechanical engineering degree from Southern University in 1969, and then took an engineering job with the Kennecott Copper Corporation Research Center in Salt Lake City Utah.

Still not satisfied, he enrolled in the University of Utah School of Medicine and became a board-certified surgeon in adult and pediatric urology. Haynes said he had an “innate need or desire to help people” and also wanted to be in control of his own destiny.

“I wanted to have more direct ability to help people,” he said.

Haynes and his family came to Wyoming 30 years ago, settling in Cheyenne, where he opened a practice.

While the 2010 bid for governor was his first race for elective office, he noted that he has been selected by his peers for leadership positions in the past.

He was elected vice chief of staff and chairman of patient care at then-DePaul Hospital, which has now merged with United Medical Center. He was chosen as president of Laramie County Stock Growers, president of Pole Mountain Cattlemen, regional vice president of Wyoming Stock Growers, founding board member and president of Independent Cattlemen of Wyoming, and was a board member of R-CALF-USA thus the regional director for Wyoming, Colorado and Utah.

Haynes served two six-year terms as a member of the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees, where he served as vice president of the board and chaired several committees, including the Fiscal and Legal Affairs Committee.

Haynes and his wife own and manage Mountain Benefits Management Company, a third-party administrator of health benefits with offices in Cheyenne and Worland. If that hasn’t been enough to keep him busy, Haynes raises organic grass-fed beef cattle through the Thunderbasin Land Livestock & Investment Company, headquartered at his ranch in Albany County.

He married Barbara Brumfield in 1968 and the couple had four children: Kenya, Ayodele, Taylor III and Enioma. Barbara Haynes died in 1998. Haynes and his second wife, Elisabeth “Beth” Wasson were wed in 2002.


  • Comment Link March 25, 2014 10:13 am posted by SJW

    Go Doctor Haynes, Wyoming needs you badly, to stop the Progressive march to failure.

    Wyoming wake up!

    Progressivism/Communism is a Trojan horse for “elitism” a scam, a phony sales pitch of equality and State paternalism. The goal is extortion of the masses by the elites.

    Socialism is the message, Marxism is the strategy and Fascism is the goal.

  • Comment Link March 26, 2014 6:35 am posted by Disgusted taxpayer

    Anything is better than what we have now.

  • Comment Link March 26, 2014 8:41 am posted by judy jones

    your exactly what Wyoming needs...

  • Comment Link March 30, 2014 11:40 am posted by Silence DoGood

    Dr. Haynes is just what Wyoming needs now. His strong clear voice for protection of individual and States' Rights is what we need in the face of an overreaching, ever abusive, Federal Bureaucracy. I just sent money to Dr. Haynes' campaign, and encourage all of you to do the same.

  • Comment Link April 08, 2014 11:03 am posted by JH

    It seems to me that a candidate must be judged by his/her merits. I am impressed with Dr. Haynes' merits, his knowledge of the Constitution, and his willingness to stand up and do something about our current problems instead of speak generally about broad ideas that will maintain the status quo.

  • Comment Link April 09, 2014 2:57 pm posted by Carl A. Voigtsberger

    Dr. Haynes is a straight shooter and knows how to get things done. If ever Wyoming needed an honest Leader ( a GOD fearing Man), we need Taylor now. Please contribute to his fund to get him the
    Republican nomination so that he may
    serve the People of Wyoming.

  • Comment Link April 26, 2014 5:34 am posted by LJ

    Taylor lives by cowboy ethics. There is a right and a wrong, and his handshake is his word. I am behind you Taylor.

  • Comment Link June 14, 2014 3:18 am posted by Charlie Creel

    Dr.Haynes had my vote last time and will get it the next time

  • Comment Link July 29, 2014 9:45 am posted by Disgusted wHaynes

    LJ, Taylor Haynes' does not live by "Cowboy ethics" nor does his background make him a qualified leader or governor.

    The Haynes team is imploding because of his continued incredible lack of leadership capability, poor decision making behaviors, lack of integrity, dismissive/disrespectful treatment of team members and his "shrouded from the people" arrogance.

    LJ, yes, as you said, there certainly is "a right and wrong." Man of God, example of Jesus? What TH claims in public and in the article below is NOT what TH does behind the scenes.

    We've been following Haynes closely and been privy to various insiders on his campaign throughout different stages.

    Until about a month ago, the Haynes campaign volunteers were deeply frustrated with the lack of organization, leadership and communication through Haynes or his then campaign directors.

    Volunteers were desperate for solid leadership, direction, support and encouragement. There was a 180 degree shift in the organization, effectiveness moral and comradery of the campaign when the new team took over.

    The latest director that just left (after one month) brought on a new, solid core team that breathed life into a failing campaign.

    Main Take-Away?
    Taylor Haynes is NOT the person Wyoming needs at the helm. He does not walk his talk. What you "think you see" is not what you will get.

    My business experience bringing seemingly disparate people (companies) together to achieve a purpose will help a great deal in this area.”

    RE: Washakie Tribe “He (Mead)should have told them we want to engage in a thoughtful conversation and work together — we need each other — for a meaningful discussion,” Haynes said. “And that hasn’t happened.”
    I have heard this, and agree:

    "If you really want to know the integrity and measure of a man, watch how he walks: Does he walk his talk, or do his actions expose him as a liar - merely another wolf in sheep's clothing trying to set himself up for personal and financial gain?"

    Think about it.

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