Voters to trim political fields
By Kevin Huelsmann, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
August 21, 2012
Voters will eliminate several candidates from the race for Jackson Town Council today and decide which GOP candidate will represent a state House district.
Polls are scheduled to open at 7 a.m. for the primary election. They’ll close at 7 p.m.
The field of eight candidates vying for two spots on the town council — a nonpartisan race — will be reduced by half in the primary.
Incumbent Councilor Mark Obringer, ending his fourth term, is running against Phillip Cameron, Emy di-Grappa, Kelly Egan, Jim Genzer, Steve Harrington, Hailey Morton and Jim Stanford.
Incumbent Councilor Greg Miles’ name will appear on the ballot, even though he has withdrawn from the race. The ballot also lists the incorrect length of a term on the council. Members serve four-year terms.
In the 2012 Teton County Primary Election section of the Jackson Hole News&Guide, which is on newsstands now, candidates differentiate themselves on a wide range of issues, from affordable housing to energy efficiency to the town’s purchase of the Forest Service land on North Cache Street.
Mayor Mark Barron, who is seeking his fifth term in office, is facing a write-in challenger this year. Jackson resident Jim Fulmer announced last week that he is gathering support to run against the mayor.
The write-in candidate who garners the most votes can accept a place on the general election ballot. The winning write-in candidate needs to receive at least three votes to advance.
The other contested race is in House District 16, in which incumbent Rep. Ruth Ann Petroff is trying to fend off challenger Bob Biolchini to win a second two-year term representing Jack-son. Both are running on the Republican ticket.
In the special election section, Petroff and Biolchini weigh in on budget cuts, energy policy and school accountability. There is no Democratic candidate, so the winner would likely take the seat, baring a write-in challenge.
Other information, including the platforms and backgrounds of candidates running for town, county and state offices, is available in the special section. The information, along with all of the News&Guide’s coverage from this election season, also is available online at JHNewsAndGuide.com/election.php.
Citizens will also vote for candidates in the Teton County commissioner race. All four candidates on the ballot will advance to the general election.
Voters will actually decide something when they cast ballots to choose the Republican and Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate. There are three men running for each party’s nomination.
This is the first election after the state legislature’s redistricting effort, which redrew the boundaries of districts throughout the state. That means voters might find themselves in a new district this year even though they haven’t moved since the last election
Citizens can register at the polls.
People who have moved since the last election should go to their new polling place and fill out a change of address form.
The county clerk’s office also offers information about the election, including where residents should vote and how they can cast their votes.