Candidates Struggle to Address Jackson’s Political Representation Woes

During a political forum for mayor and town council, many candidates revealed a blind spot when they were asked about the dearth of women, Latinx people in local politics.
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It’s no secret Jackson has a representation problem. Up to 30 percent of the population is Latinx yet zero members of that community sit on town council or the county commission. And each of those bodies only has one woman. During a political forum Wednesday, candidates for mayor and town council were asked about this. What actionable steps would they take to ensure members of underrepresented communities are heard and adequately represented?

Few town candidates seem equipped to address this. Most of the responses indicated candidates don’t have a grasp on the problem or don’t have many solutions.

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About Robyn Vincent

Robyn is building KHOL's first news department. She has worked as a reporter and editor in Wyoming for the last decade and her work has aired on NPR stations throughout the West. When she's not sweating deadlines, Robyn sustains her nomadic heart by traveling the world with her notebook and camera in hand. Follow @TheNomadicHeart

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