by nathan oster
Jerry Ewen, who is in his second term on the Big Horn County Commission, has announced that he will not be seeking reelection this year. A Republican, Ewen will see his term end Dec. 31, 2016.
“I have enjoyed my time as county commissioner but feel it is now time for someone else to step up and contribute new ideas and new energy,” he said. “There have been many exciting and some very difficult things happen over the past 7 1/2 years and I consider it one of the highest privileges of my life to be able to serve the people of this place that I love so much.
“I have made a lifetime of public service of one sort or another, starting with my time in the military and Vietnam and then serving on the Greybull Fire Department, Big Horn County Search and Rescue, the Greybull school board, and many church offices and responsibilities, all while working and managing my own business.
“I believe it is now time to retire, as I will be almost 70 when my current term is over. The office of county commissioner can be very stressful and takes a great deal of time, more than most people realize, and it keeps me away from home for more time than I am comfortable with. I still look forward to having meaningful things to do and will probably not slow down too much, but it will be a relief to have more freedom to choose my activities and to pick my schedule.”
Ewen said he urges anyone with the time, energy and ability to consider running for the seat.
“I firmly believe that our county is one of the best places in America to live,” he said.
The window in which to file for the seat opens Thursday, May 12 and closes Friday, May 27.
Voters in the Aug. 16 primary will select a Republican and a Democrat to go on to the general election ballot. The victor of that contest will join incumbents Felix Carrizales and John Hyde, who have two years remaining on their terms.