With the clock ticking down to primary election day, JacksonHole.Media asked the candidates for Mayor of the Town of Jackson to tell us why their candidacy is different than their opponents.
Here, unedited, are their responses:
Sara Flitner (Incumbent):
“She gets is done, in a nice way.” I cherish that comment from my friend Bill Newton because executing on a vision while being thoughtful is my intention as a public servant. Jackson residents are facing challenging, and at times, emotional issues, from frustrating traffic to uncertain housing conditions. As a mother and a small business owner, I experience these challenges, too. Over the past 25 years, I have a proven track record in dealing with issues and people from every sector of our community. We all talk about collaboration, which is great, but I have two decades of experience running a collaborative problem-solving business. I believe this is how Jackson moves forward – with an open mind to all interests and an ability to bring the various voices together for action and progress.
I believe that my blue-collar approach to public service gives me a unique perspective when working to solving the issue we face today.
Having worked on the first Comp Plan as a planning commissioner and the new Comp Plan as a Town Councilor I understand that we can’t continue to edit old plans and recycle old ideas. History and experience are so important because you can’t know where you are going till you know where you’ve been if you want to create a new approach.
We all share a common vision, now we need a unifying plan and an inclusive process. I am the Mayoral candidate that can frame and guide the discussion to move issues forward and get things done.
I’m the only candidate that is NO on the following issues:
1) No new Taxes. These only serve to make Jackson bigger and busier.
2) Ginormous spending on public housing will solve nothing and create more, different problems.
3) No building in Karns Meadow. All greenspace in town needs immediate conservation and preservation.
4) Our current mayor spent $40/head/vote. Mark O spent ~18K on his county commission race last cycle. Unlike them I believe Jackson is not for sale and have not accepted/solicited any donations. I’ve only spent my own money- less than $750.00.
What makes me different is that I’m very knowledgeable about policy, I’m a natural leader, I’m a member of the working/renter class, I truly care about social justice, I have the time and the energy to commit to being a full-time, active mayor, I have no connections to the failed policies of the past and as I owe zero favors to the people who have been running this town for decades, I’m truly independent and able to take action. You won’t get platitudes and lobbyist-speak from me, just straight talk and action.