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Election Day-What You Need to Know
Monday, November 6, 2023


Be sure to put on your big boy voting pants when you wake up Tuesday morning.

All four cities in the Wood River Valley have contested elections commanding votes, and the Blaine County School District has a couple elections that some Blaine County residents can have a say in.

SUN VALLEY City Council

  • Incumbent Jane Conard, a lawyer, arbitrator and mediator, hopes to keep her seat so she can continue her effort to secure affordable housing and provide public safety.
  • Incumbent Michelle Griffith, director of ARCH Community Housing, also wants to keep her seat to continue her work with affordable housing and public safety.
  • Former law clerk Christian Wrede, a relative newcomer, says he’s running to preserve Sun Valley’s natural beauty.

    KETCHUM City Council

  • Incumbent Michael David is running to continue efforts to mitigate the housing crisis.
  • Perry Boyle, a clean technology investor, wants to curtail what he calls the “Aspenization of Ketchum.”
  • Spencer Cordovano, who grew up in the Wood River Valley and has been serving on Ketchum Planning and Zoning, wants to find ways to retain Ketchum’s charm by preventing over-corporatization.
  • Tripp Hutchinson, who grew up n the Wood River Valley and now works for the city’s Planning and Zoning and Housing departments, talks about pursuing a deed-restricted commercial initiative, among other things.
  • Jen Smith, executive director of the Sawtooth Botanical Garden, wants to stop gentrification, which she says is forcing lower and middle-income workers out of the valley.

    HAILEY Mayor

  • Incumbent Mayor Martha Burke wants to continue the work her administration has done providing workforce housing.
  • Kris Wirth, who serves on Hailey’s Housing Committee, says he wants to pursue different housing strategies and widen Hailey’s streets.
  • Kevin Wilson, a snow removal contractor, wants to work on affordable housing.

    HAILEY City Council

  • Craig Wolfrom a photographer who has served on Bellevue City Council, wants to pursue out-of-the box options to allow more long-term rentals and diversify Hailey’s economy
  • Dustin Stone, who has served on the Hailey Planning & Zoning Commission, wants to incentivize development for affordable housing rentals development for groups like the Blaine County School District.

    BELLEVUE City Council

  • Incumbent Christina Giordani, the owner of Roadbars, wants to invest in infrastructure for safe roads and drinking water.
  • Incumbent Shaun Mahoney, who owns Mahoney’s Bar & Grille, wants to continue infrastructure work and use his experience to deal with annexations.
  • Diane Shay, who recently retired from Bellevue’s planning department, wants to figure out how to generate more revenue to provide better services.
  • Frank Suwanrit, public works director for Bellevue, wants to find ways to attract or train qualified individuals for the city staff.
  • Kendy Walker, wants to find grants and other ways to generate revenue to improve infrastructure and she wants to work more closely with the cities of Hailey and Ketchum.


    Zone 5, which covers Sun Valley, parts of Ketchum, areas like Cold Springs and northern Hailey on the east side of the highway:

  • Incumbent Lara Stone, current vice chair of the board, wants to continue the board’s work to increase student achievement and retain high quality staff.
  • Bailey Brooks, who has served on the Hailey Elementary School PTA, wants to focus on transparency in the school district.

    ZONE 3, which covers most of Hailey

  • Phil Rainey, who owns Hyperbarics, says he’s concerned about students leaving the school district.
  • Nora Roebuck, a former paraprofessional interpreter and translator for middle and high schools, touts finding ways to support administrators, teachers and students to promote success. She’d also like to form committees of parents, teachers and others to find ways to provide a sustainable budget.


Sun Valley and Elkhorn, Precinct 002—Sun Valley City Hall

North Blaine County, Precinct 001--The Community Library in Ketchum

North Ketchum, Precinct 003—The Community Library

South Ketchum, Precinct 004—The Community Library

Quigley, Precinct 005—The Community Campus in Hailey

Deer Creek residents, Precinct 006—Community Campus

Northwest Hailey, Precinct 007—Community Campus

Northeast Hailey, Precinct 008—Community Campus

Southwest Hailey, Precinct 009—Community Campus

Northwest Woodside, Precinct 010—Community Campus

Southeast Woodside, Precinct 011—Community Campus

Poverty Flats, Precinct 012—Bellevue Elementary School

Bellevue, Precinct 013—Bellevue Elementary School.

Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. A photo ID and proof of residence mut be provided.

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