The final ballot for the Jackson Town Council race in November became known Friday afternoon when the elections office certified the totals from Tuesday’s primary election and announced the write-in results.
Jessica Sell Chambers, who announced her write-in candidacy late in the lead-up to the primary, will join Jim Rooks, Pete Muldoon and Devon Viehman on the ballot. Sell Chambers garnered 193 write-in votes, or 3.85% of the 5,012 votes cast in the Town Council primary.
The Teton County elections office also announced Friday that write-in candidate Michael Kudar received 632 votes, or 25.22%, of the 2,506 ballots cast in the mayoral race.
The four Town Council candidates are running for two seats. One is now held by Councilor Hailey Morton Levinson, who is running for mayor, and the other by Councilor Jim Stanford, who opted not to run for reelection.
Rooks, a longtime educator who retired from teaching at the end of this past school year, led all of the council candidates with 1,441 votes, or 35.3%. He ran on a platform of “unity in the community” and said in an interview Tuesday night, after initial polling results were released, that he feels that message “resonates with people in the town and the county.”
Muldoon, who has served as Jackson’s mayor since 2017 but is now running for a council seat, received 1,234 votes, or 30.23%. During his time in office, Muldoon has worked to address the area’s housing and transportation challenges, among other things. He is a strong supporter of the “seventh penny” sales tax, which will also appear on November’s ballot for voters to decide.
Viehman, a Realtor and lifelong Jackson resident, says it’s time for her to serve the place she has always called home.
“Our community has given me and my family so much, it’s time for me to give back to them,” she told the Jackson Hole News&Guide in a previous interview.
Viehman is a former president of the Teton Board of Realtors and former president and treasurer of the Wyoming Association of Realtors. She is an associate broker at Engel and Volkers, where she co-produces the Jackson Hole Report, and believes her real estate experience could give her additional insight into the area’s housing issues.
Sell Chambers is making her third bid for Jackson Town Council. She joined the race after expressing disappointment with the council candidates’ performance at an Aug. 5 forum, saying the “sense of urgency just really didn’t seem to be there tonight, and that is alarming to me.”
Sell Chambers was campaign manager for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Nathan Wendt, who was ousted in Tuesday’s primary election. Previously, she was chairwoman of the progressive caucus in the Wyoming Democratic Party.
The 193 write-in votes she received were enough to top fellow write-in candidate Jennifer Ford to be the fourth and final person on the council ballot for the Nov. 3 general election.
Kudar, a consultant, told the News&Guide he is running for mayor to hold local government more accountable.
“With this huge response to our write-in candidacy, we are looking forward to the general election, when I will be on the ballot and everyone will have the opportunity to vote to bring Jackson together and make our town government more accountable,” Kudar said Tuesday.
Morton Levinson, the only woman on the Town Council, manages a family-owned Jackson bed and breakfast. She said her dedication to the community is among the reasons voters should cast their ballots for her.
“I am a proven leader committed to our community, with eight years of experience in elected office,” Morton Levinson told the News&Guide.
Affordable housing, early-childhood care and environmental stewardship are among her focal points, said Morton Levinson, who garnered 1,556 votes, or 68.645%.
The general election is Nov. 3.