Republican incumbent Saed Tayyara received the most votes of any Moffat County Commission candidate in the Nov. 4 general election.
Although he ran unopposed for the District 2 seat, and his race essentially was a formality, Tayyara collected 4,706 votes, about 530 more than the next most popular choice.
A few days after election night, Tayyara said he was proud to be in a position to help the community.
"I guess I have gained the trust of the people," Tayyara said. "I hope to move forward with that and continue cooperating with the other commissioners and the public and see where that takes us."
He added he has definite plans for his next term, among them to oversee the finishing touches on two new soccer fields at Loudy-Simpson Park.
Tayyara said the soccer fields will represent more opportunities for youths to participate in positive activities. He insisted that athletics can give children, adolescents and teens motivation and positive social skills, as well as encourage healthy lifestyles.
"Whatever we gain, that's a gain," Tayyara said about reaching Moffat County's youth. "I have a mission. I want to see them succeed before someone grabs them and messes them up."
The second-term commissioner also raised renovating the Public Safety Center as a goal for the next four years. The county may move its courtrooms to the Safety Center, or it may improve the building.
"Other than that, our No. 1 priority besides upgrading our Road and Bridge equipment will be paving," Tayyara said. "With our savings, we should be able to do that. We may have to take it slow, but we should be OK."
Tayyara has had a diverse and longstanding career in local politics.
He was a Craig city councilor in the late 1970s and was elected to three terms as city mayor in 1981, 1989 and 1991. He also led the charge in the late 1980s to allow the public to vote for mayor instead of council members selecting the city's highest office.
Tayyara said he was, and remains, committed to putting political control in the hands of citizens.
"I want involvement from the people," he said. "I want more than four people to have their say."
Tayyara's previous commissioner term in 2004 was his first foray into county administration, although he previously has served on several volunteer boards such as those with Moffat County Libraries and The Memorial Hospital.
"My commitment is to the country," Tayyara said. "I will give everything I know how to offer help and protection to the people."