Four incumbents and two new faces have filed for board seats serving the hospital, school district and Teton County Conservation District.
Three seats, held by Scott Gibson, Cynthia Hogan and Dr. Bruce Hayse, are open on the St. John’s Medical Center Board of Trustees. Hogan was appointed to a vacancy on the board last spring. Gibson was appointed to his seat before he was elected in 2012. Hayse was elected to the board in 2008.
Two of the three incumbents, Gibson and Hogan, filed their intent to run Monday, with Hayse expected to file soon. The three are leaning on a “common platform for continuity of progress.”
“Even if we come at it from different perspectives … at the end, we’re pretty much unified as a board and also with the administration,” Hogan said. “I would hate to see that disappear, especially with [new CEO] Paul Beaupre coming on.”
Hogan led the three-member CEO search committee that identified Beaupre as a finalist for the job. Gibson also served on the committee.
The three incumbents identified several “campaign promises,” including focusing on quality, access and financial security while transitioning Beaupre into his executive role. They also cited expanding wellness and prevention initiatives and encouraging “more public input” with quarterly events as goals.
“The board works very well together, and we’ve had excellent outcomes for the hospital,” Hayse said. “It only makes sense to continue on in that vein.”
Seats on the hospital’s board are four-year terms.
Four seats are open on the Teton County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees. The seats open are currently held by Syd Elliott, Robbi Farrow, Kate Mead and Patricia Russell.
Russell will run again.
“It’s hard to learn all the ins and outs of being a good trustee,” Russell said. “It’s good to have some people who are familiar with the decision process we’ve gone through and can follow through on all the things we are trying to implement.”
She thinks that with recent changes in leadership and the new school construction, continuity would benefit the community.
“I want to see things through,” Russell said. “It’s advantageous for the district to have people who understand why decisions were made.”
Mead and Elliot have not yet made a decision. Farrow said she will “most likely” run again.
“If I choose to run again, I want to make sure I can make the commitment needed to be a good school board member,” she wrote in an email last week.
So far, one new candidate has filed for the school board.
Curt Behle, a resident of Alta, has lived in Wyoming since 2014. Behle has three children in the district — two at Alta Elementary School and one at Jackson Hole Middle School.
Behle cited increasing geographic diversity as one of the primary reasons for his candidacy.
“Being involved with parents over here, I’ve noticed that we have lacked overall representation because we are such a small portion of the district,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to do something like this, and I thought it would be a good way to spread out some of the trustee representation across all different areas of Teton County School District. It’s quite a vast area. I don’t think people really realize how big it is.
“We have a little bit of a different culture than the Jackson-proper area over here,” he said.
Originally from southern California, Behle said he brings a variety of ideas to the table.
“I’m passionate about protecting the integrity and the culture of our unique area while also bringing in insight from other areas,” Behle said. “Seeing what’s happening in some of the larger cities across the country can give us insight into some of the things we can improve on or may be coming here. It’s important to make sustainable decisions.”
Experience working as an IT Manager at Zions Bank and a senior manager at Qualcomm in San Diego, Behle said prepared him well for a position on the board.
“It’s difficult to sit in their shoes,” he said. “But I’ve managed national teams, so I’m familiar with controversy, budgets and culture clashes.”
Behle’s mother was also a K-6 grade teacher in Orange County for 40 years.
Seats on the school board are four-year terms.
Two spots are open, one at-large seat, one urban seat, on the Teton County Conservation District. Both are four-year terms. The at-large seat is held by Thomas Campbell, the other seat by Bailey Schreiber.
Campbell filed his intent to run Monday. Hoback resident Travis Ziehl also filed an intent to run for the at-large seat.
Voters will cast their ballots on the boards in the general election Nov. 8.