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There are four candidates running for two seats on the Jackson Town Council. You can read a bit about their priorities here, and pick up a copy of this week's News&Guide for more information on their positions. The paper costs $1, and is available on news stands county wide. You can also read more at JHNewsAndGuide.com/news/election/.

JESSICA SELL CHAMBERS

Occupation: Political/educational consultant

Years living in Jackson: 11

Age: 39

Lives in: Karns Meadow area

Why are you running for Jackson Town Council?

Talking to thousands of voters fuels me to run. Knocking on doors is my preferred mode of campaigning, which is why I know the magnitude of many’s struggles. I see and hear it firsthand. COVID-19 worsened an already bad situation, and many families who never needed assistance before are seeking it. Towns and counties will be responsible for responding to and repairing the social and economic damage done by COVID, but we’ll have the least amount of funding to do so. With that in mind, our town’s already strained budget is about to get worse. Alarmingly, a couple of male candidates did not take the threat seriously. One  misleadingly stokes fears that ‘if we pass the seventh cent we could end up at twelve cents,’ even though the state caps the sales tax at 7%. Jacksonites need an advocate that knows better. Finally, we need more women electeds: Diverse voices mean smarter choices.

PETE MULDOON

Occupation: Current mayor of Jackson, works in construction and as a musician

Years living in Jackson: 20

Age: 47

Lives in: East Jackson

Why are you running for Jackson Town Council?

I believe that the council still has a lot of work to do and that I have the experience, competence, compassion and integrity to help with that work. I’m not afraid to make the hard decisions, and I bring the experience of a renter and blue collar worker to the job every day.

JIM ROOKS

Occupation: Retired educator

Years living in Jackson: 49

Age: 49

Lives in: Snow King area

Why are you running for Jackson Town Council?

My great-grandmother Genevieve Van Vleck was elected to the Petticoat Rule, or first all-woman town council, in 1920. I have a 2-year-old niece named Genevieve, who is a sixth-generation native daughter of this community. I will trust the voters of Jackson to know what Jackson Hole means to me. I also happen to think that I am uniquely qualified for a seat at the Town Council, given my background in governance and politics. I am a nonpartisan candidate for a non-partisan local office.

 

DEVON VIEHMAN

Occupation: Realtor

Years living in Jackson: 29

Age: 38

Lives in: East Jackson

Why are you running for Jackson Town Council?

The decisions made in the next few years will impact our community for generations. I care deeply about our community and want to see it grow in a smart, sustainable way that creates a high quality of life for all ages, all income levels, and all abilities. As Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Here I am trying to be it!

I believe that I have the practical skills to help our town make progress on our large issues. And I have the willingness to listen and to learn from others along the way. I don’t want our community members to feel disenfranchised because of the way some of our elected officials speak to and about them. I want everyone to feel heard and considered, and at the very least, respected.

Contact Tim Woods at 732-5911 or town@jhnewsandguide.com.

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Previously the Scene editor, Billy Arnold made the switch to the county beat where he's interested in exploring Teton County as a model for the rest of the West. When he can, he still writes about art, music and whatever else suits his fancy.

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