Stanford launches bid for council

Jim Stanford

Touting the need for fresh thinking and strong leadership, Jim Stanford launched his candidacy today for Jackson Town Council.

Stanford, 41, is a 20-year Jackson resident who has worked as a journalist and river guide, among other endeavors. He cited three issues he’d like to work on: growth and development, fiscal prudence and transportation planning.

His experience in journalism has given him an understanding of how government works at all levels and taught him to analyze issues in terms of the public interest, he said. His background in tourism provides insight to a major sector of our economy.

By virtue of his age and role in the community, he is in touch with a younger segment not represented on the council, he said. He moved to Jackson Hole at a time when the town was smaller and quieter and learned what he called “old-school Jackson values.”

This perspective is important for serving on the council. “I feel I have one foot in old Jackson and one foot in new Jackson,” he said.

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