Tony St. John, right, congratulates Audrey Danner, left, at the Moffat County Courthouse following Tuesday’s Moffat County Republican primary election. Danner defeated St. John to win the Republican nomination for the District 2 county commission seat. She advances to November’s general election.

Photo by Shawn McHugh

Tony St. John, right, congratulates Audrey Danner, left, at the Moffat County Courthouse following Tuesday’s Moffat County Republican primary election. Danner defeated St. John to win the Republican nomination for the District 2 county commission seat. She advances to November’s general election.

Audrey Danner defeats Tony St. John by 92 votes in primary

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Moffat County Commissioner Audrey Danner was the 13th resident to cast her vote Tuesday afternoon at the Hamilton Community Center.

“Lucky number 13,” she said with a laugh to a group of residents as she awaited the final results of the Moffat County Republican primary election at the Moffat County Courthouse.

And when the final votes from the Dinosaur branch of the Moffat County Libraries came in at about 9:30 p.m., Danner stood 92 votes above opponent Tony St. John in the race for county commission, District 2.

Danner, 57, said she was “very happy” to have won the primary and was “pleased to go on to the general election.”

“I truly enjoy this job,” she said as her cell phone vibrated and beeped with congratulatory text messages.

Danner won the election with 1,193 votes to St. John’s 1,101 votes. Danner received about 52 percent of the vote, while St. John took 48 percent.

She will face Republican write-in candidate Tami Barnes in November’s general election. No Democrats have filed to run for the office in November.

Danner announced she would run for the District 2 seat in February. She was appointed to the commission in December 2008 after then-commissioner Saed Tayyara died while in office.

Danner moved to Craig in 1974 with her husband, Ron. She served as the executive director of Yampa Valley Partners from May 1996 to December 2008.

As she awaited election results Tuesday, Danner said she visited and engaged in “small talk” with residents in the courthouse.

“I was trying not to second guess myself as to what may or may not happen,” she said.

Danner is unsure of what the deciding factor for voters may have been, but felt her campaign went well, she said.

“I know I ran a good campaign and I know Tony ran a good campaign,” she said.

Danner said she didn’t have an idea who would win the primary.

“It was just so close,” she said. “I just kept saying, ‘Wait and see Audrey.’ I didn’t know. I truly didn’t have a good sense of who would win.”

St. John said he would have liked to win the primary, but votes showed “there were two good candidates.”

“I applaud Audrey,” he said. “She ran a good campaign.”

St. John said he fully supports Danner in the future and thinks “the world of her.”

“She has been a good commissioner and I wish her the best of luck,” he said.

St. John said he was disappointed in the results, but “that is the will of the people, and they said who they wanted as county commissioner, and that’s fine with me.”

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