JACKSON HOLE, WYO – If you must label him, you can call Judd Grossman a “No-Growth Libertarian,” by his own admission.
The longtime local declared he will run again for town council. Grossman ran in 2016, receiving 1,812 votes. He was narrowly edged out by incumbents Jim Stanford and Hailey Morton Levinson.
“I’m running to fight against higher taxes, to keep local government small and focused, and to protect our valley from runaway development,” Grossman said. “Town and county elected officials have a voracious appetite for taxpayer dollars. After failing in 2016 to push through the General Excise Tax increase, local leaders immediately embarked on a mission to find new taxes to implement. I oppose any new taxes. I oppose any tax increases. And I oppose renewal of the Lodging Tax. Local government must stay in its lane, concentrate on its core responsibilities, and live within its means.”
When it comes to growth, Grossman says we are in danger of “loving Jackson Hole to death.”
“The benefits of growth in Jackson Hole have long ago turned mostly into negatives. Overpopulation, overdevelopment, commercialization, and over-promotion are rapidly destroying the character of this magic valley. An overheated economy generating thousands of jobs that require an in-migration of thousands of workers who then demand the development of thousands of housing units is driving a hyper-growth death spiral in a unique valley where small town, rural, open space and wildlife values should take priority over commercial endeavors.”
Grossman arrived in valley on New Year’s Day 1979. He is married with two kids. He makes his living as a professional musician and is the former co-founder and co-owner of Planet Jackson Hole Weekly with his wife Mary Grossman. He is also a former town planning commissioner.
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