Shuptrine to run for Board of County Commissioners

(Jackson, Wyo.) - Former County Commissioner, Sandy Shuptrine, has filed for a seat on the Teton County Board of Commissioners, following Barbara Allen’s announcement that she does not intend to run again. Shuptrine served for twelve years during a period when the first joint Town-County Comprehensive Plan was written and adopted in 1994. During her tenure, a recycling facility and pathway program were established with her support; negotiations for several open spaces, school sites, affordable housing developments, and public buildings were successfully achieved in cooperation with other organizations, voters and governments. Affordable housing and transportation were for the first time addressed in town and county planning. Since leaving the board, Shuptrine has worked in association with the Department of Energy, regional communities, and local governments on energy efficiency measures; as a public lands volunteer with the Dept. of the Interior; and, with WY DEQ as a Governor appointed member of the Industrial Siting Council which reviews large industrial development applications, mostly energy projects. She and her husband, Dick, have also been active with three grandchildren and organic produce growing. Their two children are both local teachers. In a statement, Shuptrine said, “It is a time in my life, when I am able to put my experience and energy to work for Teton County again. As a practiced listener, problem solver, and decision-maker, I hope to assist in bringing constructive progress to the community. I am offering that choice to voters.” She acknowledges the serious challenges currently facing the board of commissioners and community, especially worker housing and declining state revenues. ”There is much work to do while not losing site of the community’s often reinforced commitment to natural resource protection, especially wildlife. This priority needs attention in order to retain its value to our economy, quality of life and our ability to deal with sometime rapidly changing conditions, especially natural events. It is, however, the primary portion of the newly adopted Comprehensive Plan yet to be completed,” she said. She says she is well informed and aware of natural resource issues through her current role as a Teton Conservation District Supervisor. Shuptrine generally opposes the transfer of public lands to state or private entities, stating, ”Our federal lands are a mutual treasure, often dedicated to multiple use, we have to share as a nation, to enjoy with our families, and for generations to come.” She advocates for cooperation with federal agencies, retaining public access and opportunities that have historically existed while also recognizing the impacts of increased usage and exploring ways to mitigate them. Shuptrine says her campaign will differ from many other typical campaigns in at least two ways. First, she asks that anyone wishing to offer financial support instead donate, for relief of the current worker housing displacement crisis, to: Community Resource Center P.O. Box 1232 Jackson, WY 83001 Or drop a donation off to CRC on the campus of St. John’s Episcopal Church. Because of her commitment to recycling and community beautification, she does not plan to print and place campaign yard signs. *Feature Photo: Sandy Shuptrine. h/t Sandy Shuptrine / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news