Local Republican candidates to speak at luncheon

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This year's Republican hopefuls will be attending the traditional "meet the candidates" luncheon hosted by a local political group.

The Moffat County Republican Women will host a two-hour event Wednesday that will allow declared Republican candidates to give a short speech and hear from residents on local issues of concern.

Each candidate will have five minutes to speak, and then residents will have a chance to ask questions immediately following each presentation and then at the end of the event.

"It's an opportunity for Republican (voters) and the primary hopefuls to learn more about each other," said Charlotte Craft, president of the Moffat County Republican Women. "This (luncheon) is a more conversational set-up the topics will be whatever people want to talk about.

"We want to get people involved in the political process."

The event usually draws between 20 and 25 guests, not including the candidates, and this year should be no different, Craft said.

The Republican precinct caucuses will be held April 23, with the assembly occurring on May 4. The primary elections will be held Aug. 13.

The assembly is where the Republican delegates vote for the primary candidates as the April caucuses dictate. A candidate must receive 30 percent of the vote to be eligible to run in the primary election.

Craft said Colorado is one of the few states that still participates in a "grass-roots caucus system" instead of using a petition-based system.

The lunch is not a fund-raising vehicle the $10 fee for the luncheon covers the cost of the lunch itself with barely more than 20 cents left over for each meal, Craft said.

The following candidates have confirmed they will be in attendance:

Moffat County District 3

Kent Nielson

Jean Stetson

Moffat County Sheriff

Buddy Grinstead

Moffat County Clerk and Recorder

Beverly Johnson

Elaine Sullivan

Moffat County Assessor

Suzanne Brinks

For Moffat County Treasurer

Robert Razzano

The Republican candidate for county coroner, Owen Grant, will not be able to attend because of a business commitment.

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