3 nights of candidates will enlighten voters
By Brielle Schaeffer, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
October 15, 2012
The first of three candidate forums set for this week will be held tonight.
People running for the school board and the conservation board will split this first forum.
Candidates for the Teton County Conservation Board will begin the forum at 6 p.m., with time to introduce themselves and to say why they want to sit on the board. At 6:30, Teton County School District No. 1 Board of Education candidates will answer questions about education and the school district.
There are seven candidates vying for four seats on the school board and three candidates up for two positions on the conservation district board. School board incumbents Kate Mead and Robbi Farrow are running against challengers Syd Elliott, Joe Larrow, Patricia A. Russell, Jay Varley and Zia Yasrobi.
For the conservation board, incumbents Tom Segerstrom and Tom Breen are running along with newcomer Thomas Campbell. Segerstrom is running as an urban candidate, which means he lives within town limits. Breen and Campbell are running as at-large candidates.
Tonight’s forum will take place at Hansen Hall in St. John’s Episcopal Church.
A forum Wednesday will feature the four Jackson Town Council and two mayoral candidates.
Phillip Cameron, Jim Genzer, Hailey Morton and Jim Stanford are running for two town council spots.
Jim Fulmer is challenging Mayor Mark Barron for the top position.
Their forum begins at 6 p.m. at Jackson Hole Middle School.
At the last forum in the series Thursday, candidates for the Teton County Board of Commissioners and those running for the seat in Wyoming House District 22 will speak.
Two seats on the county commission are being contested by four candidates: Democrats Claire Fuller and Melissa Turley, and Republicans Paul Perry and Barbara Allen.
In the race for the House District 22 seat, Marti Halverson, a Republican from Etna, is running against Bill Winney, an independent who lives in Bondurant.
Their forum begins at 6 p.m. in St. John’s Hansen Hall.
The forums are organized by Teton County Library, the League of Women Voters and Jackson media.