Taking to the polls

Voters to speak their minds on local candidates tomorrow

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The past month has been filled with debates, forums, mud-slinging television ads and letters to the editor, but that's all over.

Starting at 7 a.m. Tuesday, it will be the voters turn to have their say.

While governor, United States Senate and United States Congress races have filled state television time slots, candidates have also been hitting the campaign trail at a local level.

Glenwood Springs resident Al White, the Republican candidate for District 57 State Representative, squares off against Democratic candidate Terry Carwile, a Craig resident.

For Moffat County sheriff, incumbent Republican candidate Buddy Grinstead is challenged by Democratic candidate Don Kroese, while the District 3 Moffat County commissioner seat will be filled by a new face either independent candidate Darryl Steele or Republican candidate Jean Stetson.

Stetson or Steele will replace T. Wright Dickinson, who has reached his term limit.

Ron Danner, vice chairman of the local Republican Party, said the local party was confident.

"We have a good list of candidates on the Republican side this year," he said. "We're just hoping everyone gets out and votes."

Unlike a few races at the state and national level, Danner said he did not think local candidates have played dirty politics.

"From what I've seen, the candidates from the Republican Party side have not brought out any negative issues," he said. "I don't like it when candidates attack a person's character. Locally, it has be very ethical."

Tim Christensen, chairman of the local Democrat Party, agreed that local candidates have kept it clean.

"I think our local candidates have gone out of their way to be that way," he said. "They've really taken the high ground in many situations."

Christensen said he liked the chances of the local Democrats running for office.

"They've both been working really hard and they look good," he said.

So far 1,706 people have either voted early or by absentee ballot.

Moffat County Clerk and Recorder Beverly Johnson said people should call the clerk and recorders office at 824-9104 if they have questions about Tuesday's election.

Josh Nichols can be reached at 824-7031 or jnichols@craigdailypress.com.

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