BOCC Chair Barbara Allen announces that she won't seek re-election

(Jackson, Wyo.) - Today, Teton County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) Chair Barbara Allen sent a letter to the Republican party stating that she will not be seeking re-election in the fall. "It was a difficult decision, but I find that I have to prioritize time with my husband and daughter and my ability to make a living. As the only commissioner with a full time job, the past 3.5 years have been very busy ones," said Allen in the letter addressing the Teton County Republican Party. Allen initially sought the position on the Board of County Commissioners in 2012 and was elected chair in 2015 and 2016. "Throughout my term, I worked hard to adhere to the principles I espoused when I ran for office: a respect for property rights, a strong conservation ethic, fiscal responsibility and accountability and a commitment to preserving the uniqueness of this place we all love so much," Allen's letter stated. "County residents are not always aware of how much the commissioners participate on a state level, but it is significant and important. Paul Vogelheim has done a superb job for Teton County building relationships on a state level. I have been privileged to serve on the legislative bill review committee for the Wyoming County Commissioners Association, as co-chair of the state Land Use and Elections Committee and also as a member of the executive committee of the commissioner’s association. We will need strong relationships across the counties to lobby legislators for local government funding in the years to come," she added. Allen said in the letter that she chose to announce this sooner than later so that people interested in running for the Board of County Commissioners could prepare. *Feature Photo: Barbara Allen and her family. h/t Barbara Allen /