Cheyenne attorney Harriet Hageman plans to formally announce that she is running for Governor of Wyoming at a kickoff event in Cheyenne on Tuesday morning.

Hageman also has campaign stops planned later in the week in Casper, Gillette, and several other communities. Hageman, who has specialized in water and natural resource issues as an attorney, says one of her primary issues is what she says is a federal regulatory overreach. Hageman, who is a Republican, says high-handed federal regulators cost American families an average of $15,000 a year, which she says is second only to housing in terms of the cost of living for most families.

In an interview, Monday morning on KGAB radio in Cheyenne, Hageman displayed a volume of federal environmental regulations that was about 3.5 inches thick. She said the book represented five days worth of work by federal regulators.

She said one problem is Congress writing laws that are then left up to federal bureaucrats to interpret. ''The law needs to say what the law says," Hageman said. She added that if Congress can't write federal laws in a way that is clear and coherent "than they need to be fired." She said that will some members of Congress are fighting against federal overreach, others secretly like it ''because it get's them off the hook" for regulatory decisions.

Hageman said she ''has concerns" about the same situation in Wyoming, with lawmakers passing bills, but state agencies such as the Department of Education or Department of Environmental Quality or State Engineers office actually deciding how the law will be carried out.

She says often times regulatory agencies are being used to protect existing businesses from competition so that those who are ''in the club" of existing businesses can use regulations to freeze out potential newcomers.

Hageman is slated to formally announce her campaign at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Cheyenne Depot Plaza.

She has eight other campaign appearances slated for this week, including a stop at 4 p.m. Thursday at Casper College and an event at 10 a.m. Friday at the Campbell County Public Library in Gillette.

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