County clerk's petition for candidacy verified

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Unless a protest is filed within the next week, two local Republican candidates will be vying for the Moffat County Clerk and Recorder office in the August primary election.

The incumbent candidate for Moffat County Clerk and Recorder, Beverly Johnson, submitted a petition with 737 signatures May 31.

Chief Deputy of Moffat County Elections Lila Herod reviewed the petition and 641 petitions were valid.

She needed 467 valid signatures to be put on the ballot. Herod released an official statement Monday verifying the petition as valid.

People have until at 4:45 p.m. Friday to issue a protest to the submitted petition.

Normally it is Johnson's job to review petition information and verify the information against voter registration records, but in this unique situation, in which Johnson was the one submitting the petition, Herod, the chief deputy of Moffat County Elections, was asked to verify the petition.

Johnson said Herod reviewed the petition at the advice of the state Secretary of State's office.

"I asked if I should have someone from another county come do it," Johnson said. "She said 'No, it is the job of your staff as long as you do not take part in it.'"

Johnson chose to petition to get on this fall's ballot after opting not to participate in the county assembly process.

Johnson's opponent for the Republican nomination is Elaine Sullivan.

Delegates unanimously nominated Sullivan May 4 at the county Republican Party assembly.

Sullivan, who has worked in the clerk's office for 20 years, has experience in the area of motor vehicle, recording, bookkeeping, elections, lien searches and marriage licenses.

Sullivan was out of town Tuesday and could not be reached for comment on the upcoming election.

Johnson said she went door to door seeking the required signatures for her petition.

"I had some people help me but I did most of it myself for a few hours after work every night," she said. "It was a good experience."

The primary elections for Republican and Democratic candidates is Aug. 13.

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