Chairman: Fundraiser could have ‘surprises’

Speakers set for Moffat County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner on Saturday night

If you go

What: Lincoln Day Dinner

When: 5:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13.

Cost: Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased at T&H Parts or Pam’s Designs. RSVP or purchase tickets by Thursday.

For more information, call Corrie Ponikvar at 824-6222.

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Jane Norton

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Scott Tipton

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Randy Baumgardner

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Al White

John Ponikvar, Moffat County Republican Central Committee Chairman, said there may be some revelations at this year’s Lincoln Day Dinner.

The dinner, scheduled for Saturday night, seeks to raise funds for the Republican Party’s local, state and federal candidates, and serves as a platform for residents wishing to announce their candidacies.

“We may be in for some surprises,” Ponikvar said. “We don’t know who may be announcing to run.”

Moffat County residents will vote on all but one county public office in November. Every public office, save for a county commission seat, is up for election.

This year’s dinner will feature former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton as the keynote speaker.

Norton is running for the Colorado’s U.S. Senate seat against incumbent Sen. Mich­ael Bennet, a Democrat, who took office in January 2009. Bennet replaced Ken Salazar after Salazar was nominated Secretary of the Interior.

In addition to Norton, State Representative Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, who is running for the Third Congressional District seat against incumbent John Salazar, will be speaking.

State Sen. Al White, R-Hayden, and state Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs, also will be attending the event to present and meet with the audience and other candidates.

Ponikvar said the committee expects announcements from several candidates.

Moffat County commissioner Tom Mathers confirmed he will be attending the dinner and said he could make an announcement regarding re-election plans.

Commissioner Audrey Dan­ner, who has not announced re-election plans, said she will not be attending the event.

Ponikvar said the committee hopes to raise around $2,000 to help candidates fund their campaigns at local, state and federal levels.

More than 100 people are expected to attend the event.

The committee also hopes to raise political awareness in the area.

“It’s a really important time,” Ponikvar said. “People are really interested in politics. With all the issues like the stimulus package and health care reform, there are a lot of political issues out there today.”

Moffat County has eight registered candidates for office, all of whom are running as republicans.

K.C. Hume will be running against Kirk McKey for county coroner.

Elaine Sullivan, the county’s clerk and recorder, is running for treasurer against Mike Brinks, an accountant with Bonaker & Associates.

Other candidates for Nov­ember’s election are Peter Epp, who is seeking the county surveyor position; Lila Herod, who filed for clerk and recorder; Carol Scott, who filed for assessor; and Sheriff Tim Jantz, who is seeking re-election.

There have been no candidate filings since Feb. 10 when Hume filed.

“We’re seeing a lot more people getting involved than ever before,” Ponikvar said. “I think it’s a great time to speak up and have your voice heard, to participate in politics and to talk one-on-one with the candidates.”

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