Mayoral Race Now at 4

By on May 20, 2016

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – Pete Muldoon has joined the growing field of citizens interested in becoming Jackson’s next mayor. Muldoon is the latest candidate to officially file for the seat that incumbent Sara Flitner holds. He joins Stephen McDonald and Mark Orbinger as candidates expressing their desire to enter the race for mayor.

Pete Muldoon

Pete Muldoon

Muldoon is known to many for his activity in the local music scene. He has become increasingly involved in community politics as a blogger and regular contributor to The Planet via the paper’s Guest Opinion column. Muldoon threw his hat in the ring as a potential replacement for Melissa Turley when the county commissioner vacated her seat in midterm last summer. He did not make the final cut.

“The working class and middle class of Jackson is in crisis. We’re facing unprecedented challenges with housing, traffic, out-of-control growth and loss of community character. We need new ideas and bold leadership from our elected officials, and if elected I will work tirelessly to provide that,” Muldoon said in a prepared statement. “Wealthy business and property owners have been calling the shots here long enough, and the results have proven devastating. I believe the town of Jackson is a community, not a business, and that is a principle that will guide me in office.”

Flitner narrowly edged Mark Nowlin by 40 votes in 2014. The public relations consultant took over for the longest serving mayor in Jackson history, Mark Barron, who led the way from 2002 to 2014. Flitner emerged from four candidates that included McDonald and Geneva Chong, both of whom were eliminated in the primary.

Mark Obringer

Mark Obringer

Obringer is a long-serving town councilman. He announced his run for mayor on April 11, saying, “If elected mayor I will frame and guide the conversation in a fair and inclusive way. We have a huge pool of talented people in Jackson Hole and it’s important that we reach out and utilize this resource. I’ve been listening to the public dialog and I believe we need to come up with solutions unique to our valley instead of editing outside reports and recycling old ideas.”

Stephen McDonald

Stephen McDonald

McDonald made revamping the police department and alternative transportation his main campaign issues in 2014. His focus on this run will be preserving Jackson’s heritage as a small, western town.

“[Preserving] our small town way of life will be my top priority. Massive downtown commercial projects will annihilate our community character without regard for those who call Jackson a home,” McDonald said in a prepared statement. “Jackson’s precious heritage of preservation and conservation will be at the forefront of my campaign.”

Sara Flitner

Sara Flitner

Flitner announced her intent to stand for reelection earlier this month citing, a need for “balance and long-term vision to ensure that we keep what is special, while planning for inevitable change,” she said.

The deadline to file for public office is May 27. The Planet is scheduling a full political wrap up in early June to present the races and candidates, and will highlight important aspects of the campaign season throughout the summer and fall.


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