Cameron eyes council
By Thomas Dewell, Jackson Hole, Wyo.
May 12, 2012
A 10-year Jackson resident who has worked on energy and environmental programs announced Thursday he will seek a Jackson Town Council seat.
Phillip Cameron said his work for nonprofits makes him a good candidate for one of two council seats that will be open.
“I have developed a variety of skills and strengths as an executive director, a volunteer board member and an active and involved community member that will support the critical thinking and decision making asked of a councilor,” Cameron said in a statement released Friday.
Cameron became the first executive director of the Yellowstone-Teton Clean Energy Coalition in 2009, a position he still holds.
He moved to Jackson to be a fly-fishing guide for a summer, but has since worked in education and natural resource monitoring; he has served as a consultant for a variety of Jackson Hole and national organizations.
Today, outside of his role with the coalition, Cameron serves as a board member of Jackson Hole Trout Unlimited and on the executive committee of the Murie Center, a nonprofit based in Grand Teton National Park.
He was also appointed in January to the county’s Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling Advisory Board.
The filing window for council candidates opens May 17 and closes June 1.
Primary elections for town council will take place Aug. 21. Candidates in the nonpartisan race will vie for two empty seats, as the four-year terms of councilors Mark Obringer and Greg Miles expire.
The primary election will narrow the field of candidates to four.
The top two vote-getting candidates will be awarded the two vacant seats following the general election Nov. 6.
Mayor Mark Barron will stand for re-election.
Councilor Melissa Turley is running for the Teton County Board of Commissioners. County elections are partisan, and Turley will be running as a Democrat. The seats of commissioners Andy Schwartz, a Democrat, and Paul Perry, a Republican, will be up for election. Commissioner Schwartz will not seek re-election; Commissioner Perry will run again.
If councilor Turley is elected to the county commission, the town council will take applications for her post and appoint her successor.