Graham says ‘yes,’ King ‘no’ to write-in bids for council

by nathan oster

At least one incumbent will face a challenge this November in the race to fill the three expiring seats on the Greybull Town Council.

Bob Graham, a former town councilman and mayor, has accepted a write-in nomination and will square off against Marvin Hunt in the November general election. Both men are seeking the two-year term on the council.

As of this moment, the other two incumbents, Clay Collingwood and Marquerite Van Dyke, are still waiting to hear if they will face a challenge. John King, longtime banker and current Big Horn Co-op employee, declined his write-in nomination for the four-year term. He had received 17 write-in votes.

When he declined, the county clerk’s office immediately sent a letter to John Koller, informing him that as the next highest recipient of write-in votes — he received eight votes in the primary — he can enter the race for a four year term. Big Horn County Clerk Lori Smallwood said she gave him until the end of the day today (Thursday, Sept. 1) to notify her office of his intentions.

Graham had first choice in the write-in process, as he was actually the top recipient of write-in votes in both races. Graham received 18 write-ins for the four-year term and five for the two-year term. He opted to enter the race for the two-year term, and when he did, the field for that seat was set. Scott Good, who received three write-ins for the two-year term, would have been given the opportunity to challenge Hunt, had Graham declined.

Graham spent more than 15 years working for the town crew before being elected to serve on the council. In 2013, while a member of the council, he was appointed to step in for Mayor Frank Houk, who was retiring midway through his four-year term.

Graham ran for his own four-year term in 2014 and lost one of the closest mayoral elections in town history. When all the votes were counted, just five votes separated the two men, with Foley garnering 311 to Graham’s 306.