The race for the District 1 Moffat County commissioner seat just added another candidate.
Willy Georgiou, vying for the Democratic ticket, tossed his hat into the ring.
The 40-year-old Georgiou has lived in Moffat County his entire life. Formerly a rancher, Georgiou owns his own contracting business and is a licensed outfitter. He has been married 12 years to his wife, Michelle, and together they have raised their 5-year-old son, Dario.
His desire to be county commissioner stems from his love for Moffat County and his belief that he brings fresh ideas to the position.
"I want to serve Moffat County," said Georgiou. "I believe that I can bring some new ideas to the table and look out for the interests of its residents."
Georgiou believes his background will help him represent both the agricultural and business interests of the county.
"My background in ranching and my current contracting business has allowed me to see the issues that face both agriculture and business owners in the area," said Georgiou. "I have no desire to pursue any higher level of politics after county commissioner. This allows me to focus on my only goal, to protect the interests of Moffat County."
Speculating about the future, Georgiou believes one of the largest issues facing the Moffat County Board of Commissioners will be the federal government attempts at conducting business within the borders of Moffat County and trying to gain control of the land and natural resources. He points to the recent petition to expand Dinosaur National Monument as an example.
"I am completely against something like this taking place," said Georgiou. "I believe that it will be one of the largest issues facing Moffat County in the future. I don' believe that the federal government should be able to come in and do what they want within Moffat County. We stand to lose a lot of revenue unless we're able to put a stop to it. We need to secure more revenue for Moffat County."
Moffat County's ranching tradition and the businesses of Moffat County have to be protected, according to Georgiou.
"We have to protect both the agricultural and the business resources we have here," said Georgiou. "There are ways that both sides can work together to benefit Northwest Colorado and to ensure that both stay strong."
Georgiou is a strong believer that the interests of Moffat County are best served by protecting them from within county lines. He believes only a direct threat or chance to benefit the interests of Moffat County would require traveling away from Moffat County. Georgiou would like to govern Moffat County from within the walls of Moffat County Courthouse, not from miles away.
Growth of Moffat County is another issue that will continue to face the county in the future, according to Georgiou. He believes the negative side effects associated with growth can be eliminated with proactive planning and that Moffat County can protect its unique way of life while reaping the benefits of growth.
"I believe that if done correctly, and monitored, growth can be positive for this area," said Georgiou. "I think we can change it into a positive force for the area."
Georgiou is a strong believer that by owning his own business he will be able to better serve the residents of Moffat County.
"By owning my own business I can dedicate the time that is necessary to do the job," said Georgiou. "As young as I am, I feel that I will bring some new ideas and can make a change."
Georgiou's run for commissioner is motivated by his devotion to the area and its residents.
"I just love Moffat County," said Georgiou. "I like what we have here and I want to help protect what we've got."
To date their are no other Democrats running for the District 1 seat. Republicans who have announced for the position are Pam Foster and Les Hampton.
The position is held by Commissioner Joe Janosec, who will not to seek re-election.