Pete Muldoon announces candidacy for commissioner

By on July 16, 2015

Jackson, Wyoming – Just after breaking the story on a sharp rent increase at Blair Place Apartments on his website, Outside The Hole, Pete Muldoon says he will throw his hat in the ring for Teton County Commissioner. Melissa Turley’s departure has left a seat vacant after the Democrat said she would abandon her post to take an executive director position with the Teton Village Association.

Muldoon, a 15-year resident, has been outspoken about the lack of leadership and representation he sees at the hands of local government, particularly the way some officials are reacting to a historic housing crisis.

Of the Blair Place Apartments news, Muldoon said, “I’m hearing outrage from the community; outrage that we’re subjected to an economic system in which members of our community are living in constant fear of being homeless, of having tight household budgets arbitrarily and unexpectedly blown up by forces out of their control.”

Muldoon says he will usher a new era of brazen leadership to the valley. “We need leaders who are not afraid to take action,” he said. “We need leaders in office who reject the idea that because something has always been done a certain way, it must continue, even when it’s not working. We need leaders who aren’t bound to market ideology, and are willing to lead the community in the direction it wants to go, rather than throwing up their hands and saying, ‘it’s up to the market, nothing can be done.’”

Growing up in a military family, Muldoon found himself on the move every two to four years. It wasn’t until he moved to Jackson in 2000 that he was able to entrench his roots in one community. “I’ve done whatever it takes to stay in Jackson. It’s not always an easy place to live, but it’s worth it. It’s a community that’s worth fighting for,” said Muldoon, who has worn myriad hats in the valley from bartender and restaurant manager to construction worker, volunteer, activist, writer, baggage handler, musician, DJ, sound engineer, and a small business owner.

Muldoon says his experience running a successful local business – the 42-year-old co-owns a sound and production outfit, Jackson Hole Production Company – will aid his role as a community leader. “As a business owner, I have experience in budgeting and problem-solving, and I know how to think outside the box for new solutions. I’m capable of understanding both sides of complex issues,” he said.

The Teton County Democratic Party will interview Muldoon and, assumedly, a small cadre of other to-be-announced candidates next week. From this pool, the party will select three candidates to present to the board by the end of July.




About Robyn Vincent

Robyn is the editor of Planet Jackson Hole and Jackson Hole Snowboarder Magazine. When she's not sweating deadlines, she likes to travel the world with her notebook and camera in hand. Follow her on Twitter @TheNomadicHeart

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