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
“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.