Moffat County treasurer to run for assessor in November

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Robert Razzano

Moffat County has a new contested race in November's election.

Moffat County Treasurer Robert Razzano filed paperwork Wednesday to run for Moffat County assessor.

Razzano, 49, a lifetime Craig resident and Republican, is term limited in the treasurer's office after serving two terms.

He said he decided to run for assessor based on his 11 years working in the assessor’s office as senior county appraiser.

“I have a proven record of customer service and think I am a real good candidate for the position,” he said.

Razzano also said he knows the office and liked being an appraiser. He is not currently a licensed appraiser.

Razzano will run against Carol Scott, 49, also a Republican, for the position.

Scott is the Moffat County deputy assessor and has been in the position for eight years. She has spent 13 years in the assessor’s office.

Razzano was born and raised in Craig and started working for the treasurer’s office in 1981. He feels he has “done a good job” as treasurer and has upgraded the services provided by his office during his tenure.

He does not know whether he will choose to petition his way onto the ballot or go through the county assembly process.

If he were to petition onto the ballot, he would need the signatures of 361 registered Republicans. To make it onto the ballot through the county assembly, he would need 30 percent of the delegate vote at the assembly April 10.

Razzano was appointed to the treasurer’s office in October 2002 by the Moffat County Commission after former Treasurer Joy Hammat resigned for personal reasons. Razzano served two months in the position before being elected to the office.

His announcement marks the fifth contested race in Moffat County for November's election.

Elaine Sullivan, current Moffat County clerk and recorder, is running against Mike Brinks, an accountant with Bonaker and Associates, for Razzano’s position as treasurer.

Peter Epp, owner of Epp Associates Inc., is running against G.I. Buffham, owner of G.I. Buffham Surveying, for county surveyor.

Tami Barnes and Tony St. John are running against incumbent Audrey Danner for the District 2 seat of the Moffat County Commission.

Frank Moe is running against incumbent Tom Mathers for the District 3 seat of the Moffat County Commission.

Tim Jantz is running for county sheriff, Kirk KcKey is running for county coroner and Lila Herod is running for clerk and recorder.

The Moffat County Assembly on April 10 will determine which Republican candidates make it onto the ballot for the primary election in August.

The 90 delegates nominated at the county caucus March 16 will vote by secret ballot for candidates. Candidates must receive 30 percent of the delegate vote to be placed on the primary ballot.

If a candidate receives between 10 and 30 percent of the delegate votes, that candidate can petition his or her way onto the ballot by collecting a certain number of signatures of registered Republicans based on the office sought.

If a candidate receives less than 10 percent of the delegate vote at the county assembly, he or she is eliminated from petitioning onto the ballot.

No Democrats have filed for office in Moffat County.

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