Wading Into Water Quality
I recently had a wonderful opportunity to discuss water quality with Protect Our Water Jackson Hole. Here is a short video segment of our chat.
Fighting for Jackson’s Working Class with Integrity, Courage, & Leadership
I have consistently supported housing for our workforce in my four years as mayor. I have declined to pursue housing development only when it was clear that the housing would be too expensive for our workforce. My vision is of a community that values its hardest working and least fortunate members, and find a way to allow them to benefit from the community they work so hard to support. Creating workforce housing is the right thing to do, and it is also the key to solving our traffic problems, supporting our economy, and meeting our goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030. We have two choices – one is a path towards a hollowed out community with only the wealthiest residents, lots of second homes with lights off, and workers that are only here for the money but aren’t invested and who drive home each night to make a future elsewhere, clogging our highways and killing our wildlife as they go. But there is also a path towards a vibrant, interesting, town with happy and invested residents who care deeply about the community they live and work in; who volunteer and contribute to our Town, and who are committed to making this the best community in the country. That’s the future I want for Jackson, and that is why I have backed up every single one of my promises to help create that housing.
Jackson Hole is world-renowned for its commitment to conservation and to protecting our ecosystem. We owe previous generations a huge debt of gratitude for the sacrifices they made to create that conservation legacy which has left us with a truly incredible and irreplaceable natural asset. But that legacy and our ecosystem are suddenly in grave danger due to impending catastrophic climate change, a disaster that threatens our very way of life in Jackson Hole. Because of our history of conservation and ecosystem stewardship, people all around the world look to us to see what our response will be. Surveys show that our residents believe we are succeeding, but the data shows us falling further and further behind on our climate goals. The world is watching, and we cannot risk sending the word the message that solving this problem is neither urgent or important. Because of our high profile and history, we have both an opportunity and a responsibility to lead the way on climate change prevention. As mayor, I have committed Jackson to becoming carbon neutral by 2030, but the real work now begins. We need elected officials who understand the gravity of the situation, and are prepared to act. I am that candidate, and my record is clear. I will continue this fight, and we will succeed.
I don’t just talk about diversity, equity and inclusion – I incorporate it into every single policy decision I make as mayor. Living in the county with the highest wealth inequality in America, it’s more important than ever to make sure our government is working for those who are often left behind when big money is the loudest voice in the room. I have always been that voice, and I will continue to be. It’s easy to talk the talk, but I have walked the walk.
It’s more important than ever to make sure our government is working for those who are often left behind when big money is the loudest voice in the room. I have always been that voice, and I will continue to be.