Wyoming State Treasurer Mark Gordon has officially announced he is running for governor.

The announcement was made Wednesday night in his hometown of Buffalo at an evening event with family and friends. Gordon is kicking off a statewide round of appearances with Casper on the list today.

“Growing up here in Wyoming, I’ve had incredible opportunities to build businesses, raise a family and chart my own course – opportunities I want every Wyoming citizen and every Wyoming child to have,” said Gordon. “As Governor, I will get government out of the way to support freedom and opportunity. This means decreasing the size of government, making reductions in spending and prioritizing needs versus wants. It won’t be easy. Making tough decisions never is. However, I have the knowledge, experience and grit to build the Wyoming economy, the Wyoming education system, and the Wyoming way-of-life we want our kids and grandkids to inherit."

Gordon listed his three biggest priorities as "righting the state’s fiscal ship and ensuring Wyoming is living within its means; getting government out of the way to create a foundation for prosperity that enables Wyoming to strengthen existing industries including energy, agriculture and tourism and attract new ones like technology and advanced manufacturing; and providing extraordinary educational opportunities for students that set them up for success."

Former US Senator Al Simpson and his wife were at the event as he endorsed Gordon's run.