SWEETWATER COUNTY — Liisa Anselmi Dalton is seeking election to the Wyoming Senate as the representative for Senate District #12, the seat that will be vacated by the retirement of Senator Bernadine Craft. Liisa is a fourth generation Wyoming native and was born and raised in Rock Springs. She has an accounting degree from the University of Notre Dame and a law degree from Duke University.
Anselmi Dalton works with her mother, Patty Anselmi, as an owner operator of local hotels which employ over 100 people. She states that “Living in Wyoming has afforded me the opportunity to participate in all of my childrens’ sports and activities; for this I am very thankful.” Her daughter, Kirsi Anselmi Stith, is in college and her son, Steven Anselmi Stith, will graduate this year from Rock Springs High School. Her husband, Dan Dalton, is a petroleum engineer who recently retired from Praxair.
Liisa cites her experience as a business-woman as an asset in running for the Senate. She stated, “As a Wyoming native, I understand the potential of Wyoming and the challenges confronting our state and county at this time. I am entering this race because I have the experience, leadership and background that our state and county need in this time of uncertainty. As a member of both the State Tourism Board and our local Sweetwater County Tourism Board, I recognize the lift and diversification tourism offers our state when oil, gas and coal are pressured by unrealistic and uncertain environmental requirements. We need to support all of our industries while looking for realistic ways to diversify our economy.”
One of Anselmi Dalton’s priorities is to expand Medicaid. She says, “We need to accept federal funds to help hard working Wyoming citizens who cannot afford health insurance. We offer insurance at our hotels to our employees, but smaller hotels usually cannot afford to do this. This should not be a partisan issue. I applaud Governor Mead for urging the legislature to accept over $268 million in federal funding over the next two years. This would be a shot in the arm to the state, to our economy and to our hospitals that have provided millions of dollars in uncompensated services to uninsured people.”
Additional areas of concern for Anselmi Dalton are protecting liberty and personal freedom, enhancing educational opportunities, limiting unnecessary government regulation and spending, supporting equality for all people in our state, and ensuring access to public lands for hunting, fishing and other recreational uses.
Finally, Liisa says that the legislature needs to have a formula to determine when to tap into the rainy day funds. She notes that the city of Rock Springs has a method to calculate this and so should the state of Wyoming. Some of these funds should be used to ensure that our schools stay strong, that our highways and infrastructure are kept in good condition and to provide incentives for new businesses to come to our state and cities.
Anselmi Dalton says “I am determined to work hard to serve my constituents if elected. Bernadine Craft has been an excellent representative and tireless advocate for Senate District 12 and I would be honored to follow in her footsteps. I look forward to meeting you in my door-to-door campaign and I humbly ask for your vote on November 8th.”