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Charles Pelkey

Running for State Representative
Laramie lawyer, cycling enthusiast and long-time journalist, Charles Pelkey brings a unique and varied background to this campaign. Pelkey hopes to fight for education reform by raising math and science standards in our schools and not allowing ideology to drive the way we teach our children those critical fundamentals. He plans to fight to raise the minimum wage to ensure that a hard-working citizen can at least support a family without relying on government subsidies just to bring their income up to the poverty level. Pelkey also pledges to work toward closing the growing wage gap between men and women in Wyoming. “I am embarrassed to say that Wyoming holds the distinction of having the largest wage gap between men and women in the United States. That has to change.” Charles Pelkey is a local attorney who made a career switch after 25 years as a journalist. Before becoming a lawyer, Pelkey worked as a radio and television host, a newspaper reporter, press secretary in the U.S. Senate and magazine editor. In July of 2011 Pelkey found he was one of those rare men to be diagnosed with breast cancer. (He’s since learned that one-percent of all breast cancer cases occur in men.) “Obviously, it’s not what I wanted,” said Pelkey, “but it proved to be something of a learning experience. I lost my magazine job – where I had my health insurance – and got confirmation of my diagnosis on the very same day. I was facing the loss of health coverage at the most critical moment in my life. I was fortunate in being able to negotiate continued coverage, but it made me painfully aware of the whole issue of health care costs, health coverage and the risk of financial disaster, simply because someone unexpectedly falls ill. As an attorney, I’ve helped guide several Wyoming citizens through the process of bankruptcy, a difficult choice they faced solely due to crushing health care debt. That has to change.” Today Pelkey works as an attorney at one of Laramie’s most successful law firms dedicated to protecting and promoting the rights of Wyoming Citizens. He is an active member of the community, and pledges to fight for the future of Laramie families.