The newest member the
town of Pinedale’s Council is Isaac Best,
who was sworn in Wednesday shortly after
the canvassing board certified results from
the June 23 election.
A total of 234 votes were cast on June
23. One ballot was “spoiled” and four
ballots were disqualified because the
absentee envelopes were not signed. With
ongoing delays and COVID-19 pandemic,
110 absentee ballots were given out with
nearly 100 percent returned.
Best finished with 131 votes for the
two-year term to challenger Melissa
Ryckman’s 98 votes.
Write-in votes were insignificant and
not enough to change the race.
In the race for four-year candidates,
incumbent Judi Boyce received 184 votes
and Tyler Swafford received 170 votes.
There were no competitors in the race and
write-in votes were insignificant, Rudnick
said. Both will serve additional terms
joining Mayor Matt Murdock and Dean
The swearing-in was set immediately
Wednesday to accommodate Best, who
had postponed a vacation to remain in
town for the election and to be sworn in.
While most terms begin in May of
each year, these three terms were delayed
after the town of Pinedale postponed the
election twice to accommodate health
concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic.