Republican candidates to address voters

With less than three weeks remaining before the Aug. 8 primary election, Monday's political forum -- sponsored by the Craig Daily Press and KRAI -- will serve as one of the few remaining platforms for GOP candidates jostling for Election Day results.

The candidate forum is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Monday at the west end of Centennial Mall. The event will be broadcast live on KRAI and 55 Country and will be reported in the Tuesday's edition of the Daily Press.

Daily Press publisher Bryce Jacobson and radio station owner and manager Frank Hanel will moderate the forum.

Next month, voters will choose a Republican nominee for the district 3 Moffat County commissioner seat and Moffat County sheriff.

Three candidates -- Vicki Burns, Dan W. Martin and Thomas J. Mathers -- are vying for the county commission seat. Incumbent Darryl Steele is not running for re-election.

Undersheriff Jerry W. Hoberg, Sgt. Tim Jantz and Deputy Vic Alton, all of the Moffat County Sheriff's Office, are running for sheriff.

Alton is running as an independent. His name will not appear on the Aug. 8 ballot.

All six of the candidates have indicated they will attend the forum.

A seventh candidate, Scott Tipton, who is running for representative of the 110th U.S. Congress District 3 seat, is also slated to appear.

The format of the forum will include two-minute opening and closing statements. Questions posed by the moderators will be followed by one-minute answers. The debate portion of the forum is reserved for the county commissioner and sheriff's candidates being challenged in the primary.

Alton and Tipton will be offered a chance to address voters for five minutes.

As of now, there is no Democratic opposition in either the county commissioner or sheriff's races. However, winning the August primary doesn't necessarily give candidates a clear path to victory in the November General Election.

Candidates intending to run as write-ins must file an affidavit of intention with the Moffat County Clerk's Office by Aug. 29.

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