Big Piney municipal elections went off without
a hitch on Tuesday, May 14, resulting
in one brand new mayor, one new councilmember
and three returning to their seats.
In Marbleton, the larger of the two towns,
the two town council incumbents and declared
candidates Jeff McCormick and
Roger McMannis were reelected by 53 voters.
They will be sworn in at the Marbleton
Town Council’s June 10 regular meeting,
according to town clerk Shannon McCormick.
Marbleton has a total of 296 registered
voters, according to deputy county clerk
The races in Big Piney were a little more
suspenseful, with three council seats and the
mayoral position potentially opening up.
The ballot was open to write-in candidates
who also made their intentions known.
Write-in Tyler Maxfield was elected with
52 votes as mayor to replace Michelle Hymas,
who had stepped up from her previous council
seat. A total of 63 voters cast ballots of 163
Maxfield’s two-year council seat goes to
write-in Hymas, with 30 votes, followed by
write-ins Zach Wenz with six votes, Seth
Linn with two and Stafford Polk with two.
Single votes were also cast for Dick
Wenz, Sherri Redden, Matthew Guenther,
Cole Clifford, incumbent Scott Scherbel
(whose term isn’t over) and Joanie Christie.
Incumbent Sherri Redden narrowly held
onto her four-year seat at 29 votes with the
two council openings going to the top two
vote-getters. Stafford Polk gathered 37 votes
and will also be sworn in to join Scherbel,
Hymas and Redden.
Challengers Zach Wenz received 28
votes, Laura Clark had 14, Matthew Guenther
had two and single votes went to Hymas
and William Farringtin.
Big Piney election winners will be sworn
in at Big Piney Town Hall before the June
18 meeting so they can take their seats at that
time, according to town clerk Kristi Gray.