As the 2020 election grows nearer, Foster Friess has been traveling the state to answer one primary question: “Should I run for the U.S. Senate?” On Thursday, Friess will pose the …
As the 2020 election grows nearer, Foster Friess has been traveling the state to answer one primary question: “Should I run for the U.S. Senate?” On Thursday, Friess will pose the question to local voters in Cody, during a noontime “Lunch Townhall” at the Irma Hotel.
The event is a part of a listening tour that the Jackson financier, philanthropist and conservative kicked off last month.
“I’ve been asking Wyoming voters what they are looking for in their next Senator,” Friess wrote in a Saturday email to supporters. “Do they want a businessman and political outsider willing to disrupt the status quo in Washington?”
Friess — who made a run for governor in 2018 — is a Republican. However, he’s pitched himself as someone who can help find common sense solutions that Democrats, Republicans and independents can all support. Friess has highlighted his work in fighting for healthcare reforms — including greater price transparency — fighting against socialism and pushing for civility, more civics education and parental freedom in education.
It’s an open race for the seat of U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., who announced last year that he will not seek a fifth term in office.
Former Wyoming Treasurer and U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis of Cheyenne has already jumped into the race, as have two other Republicans — Wyoming Army National Guard veteran Joshua Wheeler of Casper and geologist Mark Armstrong of Albany County.
Two Laramie Democrats have also thrown their hats into the ring: activist and community organizer Yana Ludwig and University of Wyoming zoology and physiology professor Merav Ben David. A third Democrat, Chuck Jagoda, has also filed his intent to run, but he lives in California.
Following his noon to 1 p.m. town hall at the Irma, Friess plans to visit Gillette Thursday evening, followed by stops in Casper and Cheyenne on Friday.
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