Sheriff candidate's petitions certified

August primary ballot taking shape

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Moffat County Republicans will decide between two candidates for sheriff on August's primary ballot, election officials said this week.

Sheriff's Sgt. Tim Jantz had his petitions certified by the Moffat County Clerk and Recorder's Office on Wednesday.

The certification means Jantz will be on the August primary ballot against Undersheriff Jerry Hoberg.

The winner between Jantz and Hoberg will face Sheriff's Cpl. Vic Alton, an Independent, in the general election in November.

Jantz skipped the caucus and party assembly, opting to petition his way onto the ballot.

Chief Deputy Clerk and Recorder Lila Herod said the Clerk's Office certified 724 signatures for Jantz. Jantz needed 278 to have his name on the primary ballot.

Jantz turned in his petitions to the Clerk's Office last week, and the petitions were certified Wednesday.

To gather the petitions, Jantz said he went door to door and had a team of about 15 people helping him.

"It just was an opportunity to meet a lot of people," Jantz said.

Jantz gathered 380 signatures, and his helpers gathered the rest, he said.

In addition to the sheriff's race, voters will decide among three Republican candidates for county commissioner on the August primary ballot.

Lay buffalo rancher Dan W. Martin, Craig real estate agent Vicki Burns and Craig bar owner Tom Mathers are vying for the open commissioner seat.

There are no Democrats or Independents running for the commissioner seat.

Like Hoberg in the sheriff's race, Martin and Burns went through the caucus and party assembly to get on the ballot.

Mathers petitioned his way onto the ballot.

The primary ballot also will have state offices up for grabs, including governor.

To vote in the August primary, residents must be registered to vote by July 10 at the Clerk's Office in the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way, or the driver's license office, 555 Breeze St.

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