GOP petitions in

Mathers and Jantz beat deadline for signatures

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Both Moffat County Republicans who are petitioning their way onto August's primary ballot have turned in their petitions, the county clerk said Thursday.

Tom Mathers, who is running for county commissioner, and Tim Jantz, who is running for sheriff, turned in their petitions before Thursday's deadline, County Clerk and Recorder Elaine Sullivan said.

The Clerk's Office has certified the 394 signatures that Mathers needs to get on the primary ballot, Sullivan said.

Clerks will begin certifying the 278 signatures that Jantz needs to get on the ballot next week, Sullivan said.

Jantz and Mathers decided to petition their way onto the ballot instead of taking the traditional route through the caucuses and primaries.

Now that they are done getting petitions, both candidates said they are happy they took the route they did.

Mathers said he enjoyed going door to door to meet voters.

"I think every candidate ought to go door to door," Mathers said.

Getting signatures did, however, take a lot of time, Mathers said. One day, it took seven hours to get 11 signatures because he spent so much time talking to people, Mathers said.

"I talked to people I haven't seen in years," Mathers said.

Jantz also said going door to door to meet voters was a great experience.

"My only regret is that I didn't have more time," Jantz said.

Mathers is running against Lay buffalo rancher Dan W. Martin and Craig real estate agent Vicki Burns for the open commissioner seat.

Martin and Burns went through the caucus and party assembly to get on the ballot.

Martin will have the top line on August's primary ballot because he received 54 votes from the 88 delegates at last month's assembly and Burns received 29 votes.

With three Republicans and no Democrats or Independents running for commissioner, the August primary will decide whom is the next commissioner.

Unlike the commissioners' race, the next sheriff won't be decided until November's election.

In the sheriff's race, Jantz is running against current Undersheriff Jerry Hoberg and Cpl. Vic Alton.

Hoberg is running as a Republican and secured the top line on the primary ballot at last month's assembly.

Alton, who is running as an Independent, has to petition his way onto November's ballot. Alton has until June 20 to get 91 signatures.

Alton said he is looking forward to the Republican primary.

"I'm looking forward to finding out who I'm going to be facing," Alton said.

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