Mike Yin doesn’t love the term “blue wave.” But the surge of midterm Democratic victories that won his party the U.S. House of Representatives may also be responsible for carrying the 32-year-old Asian-American into the state Legislature.
The opposition to President Donald Trump that galvanized Democrats around the country seems to have also swept through Teton County, flipping two seats previously held by Republicans.
“I think it means that overall the state is making progress,” said Yin, now the representative for House District 16, which covers the town of Jackson. “We put in the work, we had coordination, and I think it bodes well.”
Yin is a software developer and the state’s first Chinese-American legislator.
With Rep. Marti Halverson and Sen. Leland Christensen out, the local delegation to the state Legislature now consists of three Democrats — Yin, Mike Gierau and Andy Schwartz — and Jim Roscoe, an independent who previously served in the state House as a Democrat.
Kate Mead, who remains chairwoman of the Teton County School District board but lost a Senate race to Gierau, attributed the left-leaning shift to President Trump’s behavior in office.
“I think every time the president opened his mouth,” she said, “votes were lost for Republicans.”
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