Councilmember enters write-in mayor ‘race’

Joy Ufford photo Councilmember Tyler Maxfield withdrew his name as candidate for the Big Piney Town Council and will run a write-in campaign for mayor. Mayor Michelle Hymas is not seeking the seat she gained after former mayor Ben Jenkins’ departure.

It’s difficult to call one citizen’s write-in campaign

a “race” when he is the only person in it – but it is one more

mayoral candidate than the town had after its filing period ended

on March 26.

Big Piney Councilmember Tyler Maxfield had filed as a candidate

to repeat his two-year council term after being appointed

to fill the seat vacated by now Mayor Michelle Hymas. Neither

Hymas nor any other potential mayoral candidates filed before

the town’s deadline.

On Tuesday, April 16, he informed the public and council of

his decision to withdraw from the town council race and begin the

write-in campaign for the seat that no one else was seeking.

Hymas said the council realized, after reading an article in the

Sublette Examiner, that any qualified person’s name correctly

written in on ballots for mayor could win the seat with one vote.

Maxfied then decided to start his late campaign for the four-year

term.

“It’s official,” he said.

Besides Maxwell’s two-year term coming open and the mayoral

vacancy, the four-year seats filled by councilmembers Sherri

Redden and Aimee Davison are coming up in the town’s May 14

election, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., at Big Piney Town Hall.

Scott Scherbel’s seat is the only one not turning over. Redden

filed to run for her seat again; Davison did not. Two new names

– Stafford Polk and Laura Clark – filed as candidates for the Big

Piney Town Council’s four-year seats. With Maxfield’s departure

as a candidate for his two-year seat, that too is available for writein

campaigners. The option to write in names of qualified residents

is always open to voters in any election.

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