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In one race, the case is closed. In another, the plot has only thickened.

Although the November general election is still weeks away, Moffat County voters know that Craig businessman Tom Mathers -- a former elected official -- will return to office as the next district 3 representative on the Moffat County board of commissioners.

And good for him, he had a fair battle against Vicki Burns and Dan W. Martin in the Aug. 8 Republican primary.

With no write-ins in the commissioner race, Mathers is guaranteed his spot on the board of commissioners, granted at least one person puts in a vote for him. We don't think he'll have a problem with that.

Unfortunately, though, voters will have just the one option on the Nov. 7 ballot. We would have liked to see some competition, for the sake of debate, choice and democracy.

But we're pleased we'll end up with a representative who seems to have the county's best interest in mind and has a bit of experience in the position.

While the commissioner race has come to a close, the sheriff's race is heating up again.

Sgt. Tim Jantz, the self-described "underdog" in the primary, beat out Undersheriff Jerry Hoberg to earn the Republican nomination. He will face Independent Vic Alton in November.

But, on Monday, what seemed like a two-man race got a little more crowded. Don Kroese submitted an affidavit for his name to be valid when written in on the November ballot.

The welder and former U.S. Department of Agriculture employee, a man with a penchant for keeping candidates on their toes, is mixing things up again.

In 1998, Kroese was a write-in candidate in the sheriff's race and in 2002, was a Democratic option for the position.

Kroese said he is persistent in running for sheriff because he wants to give voters choices. He said more candidates will likely mean more voters.

We agree. The more choices the better, and the more choices, the more voters are likely to get out to the polls.

Democracy is built on the voters' right to pick who best to serve them.

Maybe that person is Don Kroese, maybe he's not.

But having that alternative available is what makes the system work.

So we applaud Kroese for exercising his rights. He might have a fighting chance.

In his two times running for sheriff in the past, he narrowly lost.

Current Sheriff Buddy Grinstead defeated Kroese by 135 votes in 1998, and by 457 votes in 2002.

So Kroese just might give Jantz and Alton a run for their money.

We'll have to wait and see. What's important is that voters know come Nov. 7, at least in the sheriff's race, we'll have some options.

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