Stanford wins town primary


Jackson Town Councilman Jim Stanford won the primary and will advance to the general election in November.

Stanford spent the least amount of money but garnered the most votes, finishing 270 votes ahead of fellow incumbent Hailey Morton Levinson. Judd Grossman raised nearly 10 times as much money but finished more than 400 votes behind.

The News&Guide reported:

While the mayoral candidates’ campaign finance filings were largely anticipated, the Town Council race produced some surprising numbers from the incumbents.

Councilwoman and vice mayor, Hailey Morton Levinson raised the most money of all the council candidates, $8,470.21. She contributed $913.19 herself and received a family contribution of $250. Levinson’s war chest was boosted by two donations of $1,000.

Councilman Jim Stanford, on the other hand, did no fundraising and self-funded his campaign with a $500 contribution. He has the least amount of money to campaign with of all the candidates in both races, but has the advantage of being an incumbent.

Judd Grossman, who touts himself as the outsider candidate in the Town Council race, raised the most money of the nonincumbent candidates. He raised $4,933, and did so as the only candidate without a single contribution from friends and family members.