Aug 22, 2012 - By Emily Etheredge, Staff WriterIt was a close finish for the uncontested Riverton City Council Ward 1 race between councilwoman Diana Mahoney and Jonathan Faubion.
Mahoney received 224 votes or 51 percent with Faubion getting 202 votes or 46 percent at Tuesday's primary election.
"It was a close race," Faubion said. "I feel like as a newcomer to the political systems, I made a strong showing."
Faubion said he looks forward to getting to know people in his ward leading up to the Nov. 6 general election.
"I want to continue getting to know everyone," Faubion said. "I plan to go door-to-door and advertise."
Faubion watches every council meeting on television to familiarize himself with the issues going on in the city.
"I am not interested in attacking my challenger, but I do want to point out some issues that I might handle a bit differently," Faubion said.
Both candidates are Wyoming natives who are passionate about making the City of Riverton a better place to live.
Mahoney has served on the city council for almost nine years. After being appointed to fill the term for a councilman who resigned, she has been elected to two full terms.
Faubion and Mahoney both will advance to the November general election.
Mahoney said she is going to work hard with her campaign leading up to November and let the general public decide who they think would make the best candidate.
"Voter turnout was low for the primary election," Mahoney said. "I didn't file to run again until the last minute, but I plan to work hard on my campaign."
If elected to serve again, Mahoney said he first priority would be to get continued and adequate funding for the police department, streets and parks.
Faubion said he has dedicated his life to public service by serving in Rotary, Paws, Fremont County Recreation, and serving as king of the Wild West Winter Carnival last year with his wife, Rayne, who was the Wild West Winter Carnival queen.
If elected, Faubion said he wants to improve Riverton's economic diversity by getting businesses to relocate to the area.
Faubion said he would also like to take a fresh look at the way public intoxication is handled in Riverton.
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