Fulmer to be write-in for mayor of Jackson
By Benjamin Graham, Jackson Hole, Wyo.
August 17, 2012
Mounting frustration over the new comprehensive land-use plan has led longtime Jackson resident Jim Fulmer to challenge incumbent Mayor Mark Barron.
Fulmer, who is running as a write-in, has five days to gather support before the Aug. 21 primary election.
“Basically, I was unhappy with the density that was going to be forced into town,” Fulmer, 61, said of his decision to run.
He also is upset with the way town officials adopted the document.
“I believe that the way the plan was passed was done in that manner to avoid the referendum,” he said.
The town approved the land-use plan as a resolution, not an ordinance, which will likely stop an effort by critics to force a public vote on the plan.
“If this is the only avenue left to the people by the dishonest tactics used to approve the new plan, so be it,” Fulmer said in a press release.
Before Fulmer can face off against Barron, he must get past the primary.
The write-in candidate who gets the most votes earns a place on the general election ballot in November.
Fulmer declined to elaborate on his platform, saying he would address other issues if he makes it past the primary elections.
He did say he “would like our town to stay like it is as much as possible.”
Fulmer said his campaign has nothing to do with gripes against Barron.
“Barron is a friend of mine,” Fulmer said. “I respect him greatly ... it just so happens he’s the guy in charge.”
Fulmer moved to Jackson in 1977 after working at Jenny Lake for two summers. He has worked at the Snow King Ski Area since 1983.