County surveyor race contested

G.I. Buffham announces his candidacy, will run against Peter Epp

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G.I. Buffham

Longtime resident G.I. Buffham, 75, announced Friday his candidacy for Moffat County Surveyor.

Buffham has been a Colo­­rado professional la­nd surveyor since 1963 and owns the surveying business, G.I. Buff­ham Surv­eying.

He will be running as a Republican and plans to file candidate papers Monday.

The Moffat County Comm­ission previously appointed Buffham to serve as county surveyor.

His father also served as county surveyor, and Buffham spent time studying and learning the trade from him.

He said the job is in his blood.

He said he would make a good surveyor because of his years of experience, extensive knowledge of Moffat County and that he “can get the job done.”

This is Buffham’s second time running for the office.

The first time he ran was 2008 as a write-in candidate. He lost to current surveyor Lloyd Powers, who now is term limited.

He will be running against Peter Epp, 61, a Craig resident since 1973 and owner of Epp Associates.

Epp filed Jan. 27 as a Republican, and 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.

The county surveyor is responsible for defining land, airspace, roadways and water boundaries for maps, deeds and other legal documents. Surveyors also provide data about the shapes, locations and elevations of land features.

Buffham joins Moffat County commissioner Audrey Danner as candidates who have filed in recent days.

Danner announced her candidacy for an additional term Thursday.

The Moffat County Repub­lican Party Vacancy Committee appointed Danner to the District 2 position Dec. 8, 2008 after former commissioner Saed Tayyara died in office. This will be her first time seeking election.

Moffat County now has 10 registered candidates for office, all of whom are running as Republicans.

Moffat County residents will vote on all but one county public office in November. County commissioner Tom Gray’s seat is the only position not up for election.

County commissioner Tom Mathers has not filed papers for re-election but is expected to make an announcement Saturday at the Moffat County Republican Central Committee’s Lincoln Day Dinner.

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 Lila Herod, who filed for clerk and recorder; Carol Scott, who filed for assessor; and Sheriff Tim Jantz, who is seeking re-election.

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