Moffat County Republican Party assembly results
Candidates receiving unanimous consent:
• Carol Scott, county assessor
• Lila Herod, county clerk and recorder
• Tim Jantz, county sheriff
• Peter Epp, county surveyor
Delegate vote totals in contested races:
Moffat County Commission District 2:
• Tony St. John — 45
• Audrey Danner — 34
• Tami Barnes — 7
Moffat County Commission District 3:
• Frank Moe — 44
• Tom Mathers — 40
(Two uncounted votes)
Moffat County Treasurer:
• Elaine Sullivan — 54
• Mike Brinks — 32
Moffat County Coroner:
• Larry Dalton — 52
• Kirk McKey — 33
(One uncounted vote)
Delegates also approved five resolutions Saturday to be sent to the state committee on resolutions.
• A resolution concerning the Second Amendment that urges “all Republican candidates and elected officials to oppose all forms of gun control and to support the right to keep and bear arms, and further urges the Republican party to only support candidates who stand firmly for our Second Amendment freedoms.”
• A resolution for the Republican Party to submit a bill for protection of the Social Security fund “to remove the Social Security fund from the budget of the general fund and require that no access to, or use of those funds, will now and forever be given to any but the investors of that fund.”
• A resolution for the Republican Party to submit a bill for reducing security threats from illegal aliens within the U.S. that “will contain provisions to strengthen our borders of land, sea and air to reduce and prevent this growing threat to our national security,” and “visiting legal aliens be required to have in their possession at all times a valid government issued identification card proving their status and restrictions,” and that “all current immigration laws be enforced and adhered to.”
• A resolution designating English as the official language of the United States.
• A resolution for the Republican Party to submit a bill “for Congressional legislation to repeal the current Congressional Pension Act and mandate federal government participation in the Social Security requirements of the general public.”
Craig Tami Barnes, a Moffat County Commission District 2 candidate, was eliminated from the Republican primary ballot Saturday during the Moffat County Republican Party County Assembly.
Barnes, 45, received seven votes from the pool of 86 delegates, possibly cutting short her bid for the District 2 seat held by incumbent Audrey Danner. However, Barnes said she will seek an alternative route to public office.
After the assembly hosted at Sandrock Ridge Elementary School, Barnes said she will “continue on as if I was on the ballot,” by launching a write-in campaign urging residents to vote for her.
Candidates needed 26 delegate votes to be placed on August’s primary ballot.
Barnes was the only candidate who attended the assembly who did not receive enough votes for ballot placement.
Seventeen delegates and four alternates also were elected Saturday to attend the state Republican assembly May 22 in Loveland. Also, five resolutions were approved and sent to the state committee on resolutions.
The assembly began with a speech from Moffat County Central Committee Chairman John Ponikvar and moved forward with individual candidates for office.
Carol Scott, a candidate for county assessor, was the first candidate to speak. She received a nominating speech from county assessor Suzanne Brinks and a seconding speech from county chief appraiser Jennifer Riley.
“If I am elected assessor, this commitment to equitably value property and meet compliance standards will continue,” Scott said in her speech. “I live in this county and feel accountable for the work that I do.”
Scott received the unanimous consent of the delegates to be placed on the primary ballot. Her opponent, Robert Razzano, did not attend the assembly and is attempting to petition his way onto the ballot.
Lila Herod, a candidate for county clerk and recorder, spoke next. She received a nominating speech from Corrie Ponikvar and a seconding speech from county clerk and recorder Elaine Sullivan.
“As an employee of the clerk’s office, I have a proven and consistent work ethic,” Herod said. “I have excelled in my pursuits to obtain the education and excellence necessary to serve as your county clerk.”
Herod received unanimous consent for the primary ballot.
The office of coroner was presented to delegates, and the two candidates, Larry Dalton and Kirk McKey, spoke.
Dalton received a nominating speech from Jon Ossen and a seconding speech from Kent Nielson.
“I have spent a lifetime seeking knowledge and gaining experience,” Dalton said. “Much of the time, as a deputy sheriff, we are viewed in a negative way. As coroner for Moffat County, I can use my knowledge and experience, and give something back not only to Moffat County, but to the people whose lives I will touch.”
McKey spoke without a nominating speaker.
“My record shows that I’m a doer,” McKey said. “Every organization that I have belonged to and every committee I have served on, I have contributed to and I try to make it a great organization or one better when I leave, and that is what I plan to do with coroner.
“I am asking you to make me coroner for the next four years. You put me in that position, and I will take this job, and I will make sure that it is conducted very effectively, very economically and with the responsibility it should be done.”
While votes for the coroner’s office were being counted, state Rep. Randy Baumgardner spoke, as did representatives for 3rd Congressional District candidate Scott Tipton and U.S. Senate candidate Jane Norton.
Tim Jantz, Moffat County’s incumbent sheriff seeking re-election, also spoke. He received a nominating speech from Sullivan.
“I feel great compassion for the people of Moffat County, and I am going to work hard to ensure the safety of our community,” Jantz said. “When I started my campaign to be your sheriff, I was very compassionate about that safety and concern for the people of Moffat County. … I have not lost one ounce of that compassion for the people of Moffat County.”
Jantz received unanimous ballot consent.
Peter Epp, a candidate for county surveyor, received a nominating speech from Len Browning and a seconding speech from Vicki Burns.
“I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to run for county surveyor,” Epp said. “I haven’t really considered it in the past, but I think that I am going to be able to contribute something.”
Epp received unanimous ballot consent. His opponent, G.I. Buffham, did not attend and is attempting to petition his way onto the ballot.
The office of county treasurer was presented to delegates, and the two candidates, Mike Brinks and Elaine Sullivan, gave speeches.
Brinks received a nominating speech from Dave DeRose, and two seconding speeches from Dean Brosious and Dave Pike.
“The county treasurer is a big job that handles a lot of money,” Brinks said. “You need education and experience to make sure tax dollars are safeguarded and distributed properly.”
Sullivan spoke next. She received a nominating speech from Jantz and seconding speeches from Herod and Neil McCandless.
“As your treasurer, I will work conscientiously on behalf of the citizens of Moffat County to ensure the safety and liquidity of the funds entrusted to me in order for the county to meet its obligations in the most timely and efficient manner possible,” Sullivan said.
While votes for the treasurer’s office were being counted, representatives spoke on behalf of gubernatorial candidates Scott McInnis and Dan Maes, and County Commissioner Tom Gray read a letter from state treasurer candidate J.J. Ament.
The office of Moffat County Commission District 2 was presented to delegates, and they heard from the three candidates — Tami Barnes, Audrey Danner and Tony St. John.
Barnes received a nominating speech from Robert Malloy.
“I decided to run for county commissioner when I saw this, our Constitution and our Bill of Rights, it’s getting thrown out of the door, it’s getting thrown out with the trash, not only locally, but at the state and federal levels,” Barnes said.
Danner, incumbent District 2 commissioner seeking another term, received a nominating speech from Allan Reishus and Brosious.
“Each of you can count on me to listen to your concerns, learn about the issues at hand and make decisions based on fact and reason,” Danner said. “I will continue to work with diverse opinions and find common agreement to serve the interests of Moffat County. My leadership will continue to make a difference.”
St. John received a nominating speech from Kent Nielson and a seconding speech from Carl Sokia.
“If elected, I will work with other community leaders to protect the interests of Moffat County,” St. John said. “I will take your ideas and your concerns to where they will be heard and that means to the State Capitol, if needed.”
While votes for commission District 2 were being counted, resident Rod Durham spoke on behalf of 3rd Congressional District candidate Bob McConnell.
The office of Moffat County Commission District 3 was presented to delegates, and candidates Tom Mathers and Frank Moe spoke.
Mathers received a nominating speech from Sari Cobb and a seconding speech from Sherrie Knez.
“My strong Republican values start with preserving our way of life,” Mathers said. “Here in Moffat County, that is natural resources. We cannot afford to let our governor or president take that away from us.
“I am a conservative Republican. I believe in the common sense approach, staying within budget and doing our part to slow government growth.”
Moe spoke next without a nominating speaker.
“I believe that one of the main aspects of the county commissioner’s job is to strengthen our position with all other government entities, so our voices may be heard, whether that be in Steamboat Springs, Grand Junction or on the Front Range,” Moe said.
“We must gain and maintain the respect of all parties of government even if we disagree with their philosophy. Only then will we have the ability to be heard on any subject that would affect our way of life and well being.”