This is the final stretch of what has been a long and tiring campaign season. We’re all ready for it to be over!
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Don’t forget the very last question on the back of the ballot. Please join me in voting FOR the 1% general sales tax – it’s the only way our town can make significant investments in housing and transportation while continuing to provide core services. And if we ever want to have money for environmental initiatives, this is critical.
Teton County’s chapter of the League of Women Voters, along with local media, hosted a candidate forum on Oct. 27, 2016, at Teton County Library.
Watch the four council candidates discuss the issues in person.
One important takeaway from this forum: Beware of alluring promises of “free market” and “less government” solutions. They are a right-wing fantasy. Everyone is in favor of “less government” until the services they need are cut.
Jackson Town Councilman Jim Stanford won the primary and will advance to the general election in November.
Stanford spent the least amount of money but garnered the most votes, finishing 270 votes ahead of fellow incumbent Hailey Morton Levinson. Judd Grossman raised nearly 10 times as much money but finished more than 400 votes behind.
While the mayoral candidates’ campaign finance filings were largely anticipated, the Town Council race produced some surprising numbers from the incumbents.
Councilwoman and vice mayor, Hailey Morton Levinson raised the most money of all the council candidates, $8,470.21. She contributed $913.19 herself and received a family contribution of $250. Levinson’s war chest was boosted by two donations of $1,000.
Councilman Jim Stanford, on the other hand, did no fundraising and self-funded his campaign with a $500 contribution. He has the least amount of money to campaign with of all the candidates in both races, but has the advantage of being an incumbent.
Judd Grossman, who touts himself as the outsider candidate in the Town Council race, raised the most money of the nonincumbent candidates. He raised $4,933, and did so as the only candidate without a single contribution from friends and family members.
Citing accomplishments on parks, transportation, community services and housing, Councilman Jim Stanford has launched a re-election campaign.
Stanford, 45, filed paperwork last week to run for a second term. He was elected in 2012.
“Four years ago, I pledged to be a strong, independent voice on the council, and I have done just that,” he said.
In a second term, Stanford said he will continue to “protect what we love about Jackson Hole, while planning for a quality future.”
Stanford has been active in every aspect of town government, working with colleagues and staff on a host of capital projects and several major community planning initiatives.
He has championed new sidewalks on East Hansen Avenue, South Willow Street, Flat Creek Drive and Alpine Lane by Powderhorn Park. He was instrumental in creating the winter dog park along Snow King Avenue and has pushed for finishing May Park.