Heron Wins Re-Election As Star Valley Mayor

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Star Valley voters endorsed the status quo, said Mayor Chuck Heron of his 57 percent (341 votes) margin over challenger Randy White, an incumbent councilman.

Three of the four council candidates won election outright -- and the fourth may still win appointment to the seat White vacated.

Heron said the council will fill White's seat after the general election in June. White said that his resignation was effective on the date of the primary election this week.

The top three vote getters in the council election were Gary Coon (27 percent or 395 votes), George Binney (25 percent or 372 votes) and Barbara Hartwell (25 percent or 372 votes). The only council candidate who didn't collect enough votes to win was Nathalie Stroup (22 percent or 335 votes).

Proposition 300, which allows the town to exceed a state spending cap on the town budget, passed with 74 percent of the vote.

A total of 606 voters cast mail-in ballots, for a 48 percent turnout.

"I'm certainly satisfied with the outcome -- across the board," said Heron.

"I gave the public a choice," said White, "and I guess they made it.

The low-key election in Star Valley turned more on personalities than on issues. Although White had private concerns about Heron's leadership style, he offered few public criticism or policy contrasts.

Heron said he took the election as an endorsement of the town council's efforts to protect the water supply and explore improved police protection and sewage treatment options for new development.

White expressed surprise at the results, given the support people expressed during his campaigning.

He said he wouldn't seek reappointment. "It would be the same old thing. We'd still have Heron as a roadblock."

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