Meet candidates at forums this week

October 9, 2018

Though temperatures may be cooling off in the valley, election season is just heating up.

This week, community organizations are offering an array of opportunities to engage with candidates for local office ahead of the Nov. 6 general election.

Voters in Wyoming House District 22 — which includes Alpine, Star Valley Ranch, Bondurant, Wilson and Hoback — will have an opportunity to hear from candidates at 7 p.m. Monday at the Alpine Town Hall in Alpine. Independent Jim Roscoe is challenging the seat’s Republican incumbent, Marti Halverson. The forum is presented by the League of Women Voters.

Closer to town Monday, other local candidates will discuss protecting water resources at a forum hosted by Jackson Hole Trout Unlimited, the Jackson Hole Clean Water Coalition and the Teton Conservation District. The discussion will be in the Grand Teton Room of Snow King Resort from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Teton Village Association will host a candidate forum Tuesday in the Olympic Room at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The forum begins at 5 with a meet-and-greet followed by conversations with candidates for Teton Village districts, House District 23 and Senate District 17, Teton County commissioner, and county sheriff and assessor.

An additional opportunity Tuesday offers a chance to join the Teton County Young Dems and Teton County Democrats for “Pints and Politics” at Snake River Brewing from 7 to 9 p.m. Beer and snacks will be available, as well as a chance to meet candidates running for Jackson Town Council, House District 16 and Senate District 17. Additional candidates may also head there to mingle after the Village forum.

From 6 to 7:15 p.m. Tuesday is a happy hour focused on the lodging tax. It will be hosted by the Young Professionals of the Tetons at the SpringHill Suites by the Marriott. Rick Howe, vice president of the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, will speak about how the 2 percent tax on visitors’ stays in hotels works. The event will feature $5 well cocktails, wine and beer.

The Jackson Hole Tea Party is hosting a coffee hour discussion with candidates for local office at 8 a.m. Wednesday at The Wort Hotel.

On Wednesday evening, the Jackson Hole News&Guide will host its first “Hot Seat Happy Hour.” A meet-and-greet social hour with county commission candidates begins at 5:30 p.m. at The Wort, along with an opportunity to register to vote with the Teton County Clerk’s office. At around 6, county commission candidates will take the “hot seat” to field questions from the audience.

Coming to the event enters people into a raffle for prizes like Skinny Skis gift cards and Stio jackets. Another Hot Seat Happy Hour with Town Council candidates is set for the same time Oct. 17.

On Thursday, the League of Women Voters kicks off its series of general election forums with a conversation with candidates for Jackson Town Council at 6:30 p.m., House District 16 at 7:30 and Senate District 17 at 8 in the Teton County Library auditorium.

To follow in the coming weeks are forums featuring candidates for county sheriff, the Teton County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees, the St. John’s Medical Center Board of Trustees and more.

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