by nathan oster
Myles Foley is the apparent winner in the race for Greybull mayor. The owner of the Historic Hotel Greybull garnered 311 votes in Tuesday’s general election, five more than the 306 that went to incumbent Mayor Bob Graham.
Because the margin of victory fell within 1 percent of the vote, a recount of the ballots is required by law. That was underway at press time, according to Clerk Lori Smallwood.
Fifty-six votes separated the two men in the August primary election, when Foley collected 304 votes to Graham’s 258. The incumbent closed the gap considerably, coming just six votes shy of winning a full four-year term of his own after completing the term of former Mayor Frank Houk.
Foley said he was “elated” and “thankful to everyone for putting their trust in me. I’m going to do the best job I can and I look forward to getting to work.”
He added that the vote shows “people are ready for change.” His top priority, at least initially, will be “learning the ropes, the requirements of the job and how many hours I’m going to have to spend in the office. I know there’s a lot to learn.”
As for Graham, the results of Tuesday’s vote will bring to an end an eight-year term on the council. The first six were spent on the council, the final two in the office of mayor after the resignation of Frank Houk.
With Foley moving into the mayor’s seat, one of the first tasks of the new council will be to seat someone to complete the remaining two years of Foley’s council term. That will happen sometime after January, when Rod Collingwood, Scott Mattis and Foley are sworn in to join Clay Collingwood.