we have risen

By Jim Stanford on November 7, 2012

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Mets win World Series! No, unlikely candidate wins election. This was primary night in August, but a similar scene played out last night at Betty Rock.

On a visit to Dublin in 1994, I was struck by one of the monuments along O’Connell Street, a statue of an Irish labor leader named Jim Larkin. His words on the inscription have resonated with me ever since:

“The great appear great because we are on our knees. Let us rise.”

Jim Larkin on O’Connell Street.

When I started this blog six years ago, one of my goals was to help citizens stay informed so they could empower themselves and take part in their government. I did not imagine they one day would elect me.

Over the past few weeks, I was impressed by the numbers of particularly younger people paying attention to the races down the ballot and doing their homework on the issues. Yesterday’s massive turnout attests to that. Win or lose, I felt good about the effort and citizens’ participation.

I tip my cap to Hailey Morton, Phil Cameron and Jim Genzer for running a great race. It’s going to be difficult to reconcile all the conflicting opinions in town, but I promise to keep an open mind and welcome the dialogue, as always.

After a wonderful and surreal night, my most sincere thanks go out to all of you for your support, encouragement and your votes.

(Top photo by David Stubbs; Larkin statue by Phil Douglis)

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party tonight at Betty Rock

By Jim Stanford on November 6, 2012

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Betty Rock is offering an $8 special for burger, fries and drink all off-season.

Teton Dems are gathering tonight at Betty Rock to watch the election results and congratulate candidates on a race well run.

There will be food and drink specials, and Betty Rock will stay open late on what could be a late night for the presidential decision. The party will start soon after polls close at 7 p.m.

I expect we’ll have local results around 9. Betty Rock has a TV for national coverage and wifi for the latest updates.

Come by for a burger and beer. I plan to be there at some point. On such a momentous night, the pull of home is strong.

Let’s hope we have a lot to celebrate, locally and nationally.

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where to vote on Election Day

By Jim Stanford on November 5, 2012

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Voting precinct and poll locations in town. Glenwood Street is the divider between the Fair Building and Recreation Center precincts. Click to enlarge.

There are two days left to cast a vote in the 2012 election. Today, residents can register and vote in advance at the county clerk’s office, 200 S. Willow St.

On Election Day, voters must go to their neighborhood polling place and can register before casting a ballot. A higher-resolution version of the above map, including the entire county, can be found here. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In town, there are four places to vote. Residents east of Redmond Street vote at Senior Center; those between Glenwood and Redmond vote at the Rec Center; everyone between Glenwood and Highway 89 votes at the Fair Building; and neighborhoods farthest west vote at the Presbyterian Church.

Only a photo ID is required to register. While a Wyoming driver’s license is preferred, other states’ are accepted, too. The clerk’s office is closed Tuesday.

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closing argument

By Jim Stanford on October 31, 2012

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As the campaign for town council enters the final week, indulge me in a little shameless self-promotion.

After months of talking about serious issues like the comprehensive plan, I decided it was time for some fun. Hence my appearance outside the Ski Swap in festive Halloween attire, pledging fresh tracks for all.

Throughout the forums and on my campaign blog, I have tried to lay out my ideas as clearly as possible and make the case that I am qualified to serve on the council and will do an effective job.

But don’t take it from me. Take it from the folks above.

For those still looking to dig deeper on the issues, visit my campaign website, listen to archived KHOL broadcasts or consult the News&Guide Election Section, which offers comprehensive coverage of every race and question on the ballot.

Thanks again to the friends and local dignitaries cajoled into making a cameo. Six days to go. I’m bound to have a big tab at Moo’s once the campaign is over.

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vote before you bolt

By Jim Stanford on October 26, 2012

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President Obama casts his ballot yesterday, becoming the first president to vote early.

It’s 19 degrees as I type, with a coat of fresh snow on the ground. So I’m jealous of all those packing for tropical locales, or even the desert.

But don’t forget to cast your ballot before leaving town. Complete voting information is available here.

Anyone may register and vote between now and Election Day by visiting the Teton County clerk’s office at 200 S. Willow St. (corner of Simpson and Willow). The office is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To request an absentee ballot be sent to you, email elections@tetonwyo.org or call 307-733-7733. No ballots will be mailed after Oct. 30.

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