Race takes shape

Jantz becomes second Republican sheriff candidate

The race for Moffat County sheriff has two candidates, and a third could announce his intention to run by the end of the month.

Sheriff's Sgt. Tim Jantz announced his candidacy at a news conference Thursday in Craig.

Jantz, who has been with the Sheriff's Office for the past 15 years, promised to work to get the best equipment possible for deputies and vowed to be tough on drug dealers.

Jantz joins Undersheriff Jerry Hoberg as the only two candidates to officially announce.

Jantz and Hoberg are seeking the Republican nomination.

Sheriff's Cpl. Vic Alton, an Independent, has filed paperwork with the Moffat County Clerk and Recorder's Office indicating his intent to run but has not made a formal announcement.

Alton told the Daily Press on Wednesday he could announce his candidacy by the end of the month.

Moffat County Sheriff Buddy Grinstead is leaving office after his second term because of term limits.

Hoberg announced his candidacy Saturday at the Moffat County Republican Party's Lincoln Day Dinner.

Jantz was at the dinner, which is when local Republicans typically start their campaigns, but he didn't announce.

He said Thursday that he waited to start his campaign because his wife, Julie, was taking a test to earn her nursing license Saturday and couldn't attend the dinner.

Jantz, a native of Wisconsin who lives in Maybell, has lived in Moffat County since 1982.

He has been in law enforcement for the past 23 years. He worked at the Craig Police Department, Grand County Sheriff's Office and the Elizabeth Police Department before joining the Moffat County Sheriff's Office.

Jantz said that if he's elected, he hopes to work with county commissioners to get better equipment for sheriff's deputies.

He said a main concern is Moffat County's drug problem.

"If you are a drug dealer in Moffat County and you're pushing drugs to our kids and our community, you better run," Jantz said.

He said he is concerned also about the Moffat County Jail, which the sheriff oversees. The jail needs to remain full so the county can continue to bring in revenue, he said. But keeping the jail's staff safe and keeping the inmates locked up needs to be a concern, he said.

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