Candidates questioned at forum

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Residents had an opportunity to meet local Republican Party candidates Wednesday at a luncheon hosted by the Moffat County Republican Women.

About 20 people attended the traditional "Meet the Primary Republican Candidates" luncheon.

Candidates for Moffat County commissioner, clerk and recorder, treasurer and assessor each had five minutes to speak and those in attendance then had an opportunity to question each candidate.

Jean Stetson, who's running for the District 3 Moffat County commissioner's seat, said she would like to see more community involvement in local government.

"The human element is very important," she said. "I would like to set up something like the school board has where a time is set aside during meetings for people to come discuss something with the commissioners if they have a concern."

She said she would also like to see increased cooperation between the county and city of Craig while at the same time not forgetting about surrounding communities.

"I think it's important to include Maybell, Dinosaur and Hamilton in our decisions," she said. "We need to keep open lines of communication with these residents."

One question asked of Stetson was what she thought about commissioners taking trips to Denver and Washington D.C. for meetings.

"There are things that go on that local officials need to be at to make connections," she said. "Our rural voice is getting smaller and smaller. I think it's important we have a voice when decisions are being made that affect members of our community."

The other Republican candidate for District 3 commissioner, Kent Nielson, was not able to attend the luncheon.

Other candidates who spoke at the meeting included:

Robert Razzano, treasurer

Suzanne Brinks, assessor

Beverly Johnson, clerk and recorder

Elaine Sullivan, clerk and recorder

"This was an opportunity for community members and Republican candidates to get some face time and talk to one another," said Charlotte Craft, president of the Moffat County Republican Women.

Other Republican candidates who could not attend the meeting included Buddy Grinstead, who's running for another term as Moffat County Sheriff and Owen Grant, candidate for county coroner.

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