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Liz Cheney Announces US House Run in Gillette

Liz Cheney, the eldest daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, officially entered the race on the Republican ticket for the House seat in Gillette on Monday.

Much like the crowded GOP primary race for the 2016 presidential ticket, the list of hopefuls to be Wyoming’s next U.S. House representative continues to grow.

Cheney is the ninth so far to announce for the seat held by U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis, who has said she won’t seek re-election.

During an early morning interview at the Gillette News Record, Cheney, 49, said she chose Gillette because of its status as the state’s energy capital. Reversing eight years of Obama administration damage to energy industries — coal especially — is her No. 1 reason for running.

“There is no question Wyoming has been harder hit than any other state over the past eight years,” she said, adding that Obama has been “determined” to kill the coal industry.

“It’s very clear to me this administration, this EPA is only interested in falsely seeing the damage coal does,” she said.

The actions on energy, including the Clean Power Plan that regulates carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants and a recently announced moratorium on issuing new coal leases for federal lands, are examples of the federal government overstepping its boundaries, Cheney said.

If elected, she said she wants to “roll back these disastrous polices.”

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