By Jim Stanford on May 29, 2012
With little more than three days remaining in the filing period to run for local office, there’s no telling what sort of new candidates will emerge to shake things up.
Claire Fuller has set out to change the status quo with a second run for Teton County commissioner. In 2008, at only age 24, Claire came within a few hundred votes of unseating political veterans Andy Schwartz and Leland Christensen.
Now 28 and more seasoned with education and work experience, the Wilson Democrat is back in the ring. The timing feels right, she said, and her desire to serve hasn’t cooled.
“I want to provide a new sense of leadership in the community,” she said.
If she didn’t run now, it might be years before she’d have another chance, she explained. “I’m at the beginning of a career of any sort,” she said. “The farther you get into that, the harder it is to leave.”
She resigned her post at the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance and is preparing to get married this summer to fiance Brent Tyc. “This seemed like a good time to do it,” she said of the campaign. “Life’s only going to get more complicated.”
Claire has identified finalizing the Comp Plan process as one of her top priorities. The land development regulations must be updated to match the goals and vision of the plan, she said. On her website, she lists ideas about other issues, including continuing the county’s progress in preserving open space and providing alternative transit.
On the town level, Phil Cameron, 31, has declared his candidacy for councilor, vying for one of the two seats held by Mark Obringer and Greg Miles. A former fishing guide and naturalist, Phil has been a thoughtful advocate for several energy efficiency initiatives, including the idle-free campaign, and serves on the boards of Jackson Hole Trout Unlimited and the Murie Center. He is director of the Yellowstone-Teton Clean Energy Coalition.
Also running for town council is Hailey Morton, 27, a department manager at Jackson Whole Grocer. She is reaching out to younger voters.
Melissa Turley, a Democrat halfway through her second term as town councilor, is running for county commissioner, as are incumbent Paul Perry and Barb Allen, both Republicans. The deadline to file is 5 p.m. Friday.