The town of Jackson saw its first two 2020 campaign declarations Monday, when the mayor and a current councilor announced their bid to swap places in the upcoming election.

Jackson Town Councilor Hailey Morton Levinson will run for mayor in November, she said in a press release. Mayor Pete Muldoon simultaneously issued a statement saying he will cede the position, but still plans to pursue a seat on the council.

Morton Levinson is a Jackson native who has served on the council for seven years, and for the last three as the only woman.

“I am running for mayor to represent our working families,” she said in the release. “I know what it’s like to work hard, live paycheck to paycheck, and worry about childcare and housing. Our voice matters and it’s the community that makes Jackson the place we know and love.”

Among the councilor’s accomplishments during her tenure, she pointed to the passage of major initiatives like the Integrated Transportation Plan, updates to the town’s zoning and workforce housing projects. In the past year, she and Teton County Commissioner Natalia Macker — also the only woman on her governing board — have led a push to increase childcare support.

Muldoon has served as mayor since 2017, and in that time has also approved significant measures to address the region’s housing and transportation challenges. Most recently he has turned his attention to fostering a climate advocacy movement in Teton County.

He praised the council as a “great team,” and endorsed Morton Levinson as his replacement.

“Hailey Morton Levinson has been an integral part of that team,” he said, “and after seven years on the Council is exceptionally well-prepared to lead the Town of Jackson as mayor for the next four years.”

Also up for election is Councilor Jim Stanford, who has yet to confirm whether he will pursue a third term.

Contact Cody Cottier at 732-5911 or town@jhnewsandguide.com.

Cody Cottier covers town and state government. He grew up with a view of the Olympic Mountains, and after graduating Washington State University he traded it for a view of the Tetons. Odds are the mountains are where you’ll find him when not on deadline.

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