Best takes seat on Council

Newly elected Councilmember Isaac Best takes the oath of office for a two-year seat on the Bible he brought for the occasion. He is pictured with Pinedale Town Clerk Maureen Rudnick.

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.


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