Craig residents announce candidacy for coroner, surveyor positions



Peter Epp


Dr. Kirk McKey

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— A longtime Craig resident is the latest person to file with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office, announcing intent to seek public office in November.

Dr. Kirk McKey, 56, a Craig resident since 1979, filed papers Thursday for Moffat County coroner.

McKey, who owns McKey Chiropractic Clinic, has practiced for 34 years.

This is his first time running for public office, and he has no previous experience as a coroner.

“I feel I would be an excellent candidate because of my professionalism and attention to detail,” McKey said.

He is seeking to replace the current county coroner, Owen Grant, who is term limited.

Moffat County residents will vote on all but one county public office in November.

Every public office, save for one county commission seat, is up for election.

Other candidates for county positions are:

■ Peter Epp, 61, a Craig resident since 1973 and owner of Epp Associates, filed Jan. 27 for Moffat County surveyor.

This year is his first time seeking public office.

Originally from Canada, Epp became a U.S. citizen in 2001. He also has been a licensed surveyor since 1977 in the Moffat County area.

“I’ve worked on a lot of projects in Moffat County and have worked well with the clerk and recorder’s office in the past,” he said.

Epp plans to run as a Republican and seeks to replace Lloyd Powers, who is term limited.

■ Carol Scott, who currently is the deputy Moffat County assessor, filed Jan. 26 for the assessor’s office. Scott has been a Craig resident since 1985, and will be running as a Republican.

She has been the deputy assessor for seven years and has become a licensed assessor in that time.

This is her first time seeking public office.

“My years of experience have been administrative tasks and appraisal work and that covers all functions of the office,” she said. “It’s become a career, and I want to continue working with the office.”

■ County commissioner Tom Mathers said he is planning to run for re-election but has not yet made an official announcement or filed paperwork with the state. Commissioner Aud­rey Danner has also not filed paperwork for re-election and still is considering whether to run, she said.

■ Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz is not term limited and has filed for re-election. No other candidates have filed for the position.

“I’ve continued to be accountable, approachable by the public, and I’ve grown in this position,” he said. “I want that to continue on for a second term while still meeting the needs of the public.”

■  County Clerk and Recorder Elaine Sullivan will be term limited in November and has filed for county treasurer.

She will be running against first-time candidate Mike Brinks, an accountant with Bonaker and Associates.

■ Lila Herod, current chief deputy clerk, has filed to run for Sullivan’s position as Clerk and Recorder. No other candidates have filed for that position.


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