JACKSON, Wyo. — Jackson native and local businessman Michael Kudar today announced his candidacy for mayor of Jackson.
Kudar will challenge Hailey Morton Levinson this August in the primary election. Morton Levinson, the current vice mayor and council member, announced her campaign for mayor in early March.
Kudar said he decided to run because he wanted to give Jackson a choice in the mayoral race. Before today’s announcement, Morton Levinson was running unopposed.
“Listening to colleagues and friends, many voters feel like I do — that we need commonsense leadership to move our community forward. We’ll be pursuing a mayoral campaign dedicated for the good people of Jackson,” Kudar said.
Kudar waited to declare until he was certain he could make the time commitment involved in serving the town. The delay means he has missed the filing deadline in order to appear on the ballot for the August primary.
To move on to the general election in November, Kudar will have to receive a minimum of three write-in votes and be the second-highest vote-getter in August, as two names are all that is allowed to be on the general election ballot in the nonpartisan race for mayor.
Assuming no one else declares a candidacy, and more people do not write-in “Mickey Mouse” (or similar) than “Michael Kudar,” Kudar’s name will appear with Morton Levinson on the November 3 ballot.
Kudar comes with experience in public office as a former councilmember for the Town of Pinedale, and Planning & Zoning Commissioner for the Town of Jackson.
Kudar is a third-generation businessman who consults in business management and real estate development in the Jackson, Sun Valley, and Bozemen areas. He has lived in Jackson since 1972 except for a 10-year regional management position in the natural gas industry in Pinedale.
Kudar lives in east Jackson with his wife, Serese, and their three teenage kids—Faye, Anton, and Phoebe.
“I want to focus on preparing Jackson for the most challenging times ahead and support health, safety, and community services,” Kudar said. “I also want to make sure the town is a respectful steward of taxpayer money—without introducing any new taxes—and the town’s history.
In addition, Kudar supports making the town more transparent and serving the interests of residents and businesses first.
Kudar says he has already formed a campaign committee and plans to talk one-on-one with thousands over the next few months.
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