Judd Grossman to Run for Town Council

By on May 17, 2018

JACKSON HOLE, WY – The self-described “no-growth” candidate Judd Grossman has entered the race for Jackson Town Council. It is his second attempt to capture a seat on the council in as many years. He ran in 2016 coming in third place behind incumbents Hailey Morton-Levinson and Jim Stanford with 1,812 votes.

Grossman outlined his platform in a press release issued Thursday: “I’m running to fight against higher taxes, to keep local government small and focused, and to protect our valley from runaway development. I think when it comes to Jackson Hole you can call me a ‘No-Growth Libertarian.'”

Grossman said Town and County leaders “have a voracious appetite for taxpayer dollars.”

He pointed to the failed 2016 General Excise Tax and how “local leaders immediately embarked on a mission to find new taxes to implement.” He opposes new taxes, tax increases and the renewal of the Lodging Tax.

“Local government must stay in its lane, concentrate on its core responsibilities, and live within its means,” he said.

Grossman said the benefits of growth in Jackson have largely turned into negatives: “Overpopulation, overdevelopment, commercialization, and over-promotion are rapidly destroying the character of this magic valley.”

A 39-year resident, Grossman is a professional musician. He is co-founder and former publisher of Planet Jackson Hole and served on the Town Planning Commission in the 1990s.

Two seats are up for re-election on the Town Council, those of Councilors Bob Lenz and Don Frank. Lenz is stepping down after 12 years. Frank, meanwhile, announced in January he will run for re-election. Jessica Sell-Chambers, who, like Grossman, also made an unsuccessful run for the Town Council in 2016, entered the race in April.

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Robyn is the editor of Planet Jackson Hole and Jackson Hole Snowboarder Magazine. When she's not sweating deadlines, she likes to travel the world with her notebook and camera in hand. Follow her on Twitter @TheNomadicHeart

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