Tom Mathers, middle, looks over results with fellow Moffat County Commissioner Tom Gray while his wife, Stacey Mathers, left, checks her phone Tuesday night at the Moffat County Courthouse. Mathers, the incumbent, defeated write-in candidate Kerry Moe in the general election for Moffat County Commission, District 3.

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Tom Mathers, middle, looks over results with fellow Moffat County Commissioner Tom Gray while his wife, Stacey Mathers, left, checks her phone Tuesday night at the Moffat County Courthouse. Mathers, the incumbent, defeated write-in candidate Kerry Moe in the general election for Moffat County Commission, District 3.

Mathers over Moe — again

Incumbent commissioner ‘relieved’ by voters’ decision

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Tom Mathers, middle, gets a hug and smiles from supporters Tuesday night after learning that he had defeated write-in opponent Kerry Moe in the general election for his seat on Moffat County Commission, District 3, at the Moffat County Courthouse. Mathers won 3,271 votes while Moe totaled 638. Fellow incumbent Audrey Danner defeated write-in candidate Tami Barnes with 3,645 votes to Barnes’ 129 votes in the Commission’s District 2 race.

Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers said he knew exactly why county voters chose him to serve another four years in the District 3 seat during Tuesday’s general election.

“It was my honesty,” he said.

Mathers, 61, the incumbent District 3 commissioner, defeated write-in candidate Kerry Moe by 2,633 votes. He received 3,271 votes, or about 84 percent, to Moe’s 638 votes, or about 16 percent.

Mathers, who was born and raised in Moffat County, served on the county commission from 1988 to 1992, and was elected again in 2006.

Moe, 48, filed as a write-in candidate for the election in late August. Her husband, Frank, ran unsuccessfully for the same seat in the Aug. 10 Republican primary election against Mathers.

“I feel relieved,” Mathers said shortly after looking at the voting results at the Moffat County Courthouse on Tuesday. “I’m glad it’s finally over and we can get back to work.”

Mathers said he had a good feeling about being re-elected Tuesday morning, but as the day progressed, he said his feelings began to change.

“I can’t think of anybody going into an election knowing that they are going to win,” he said.

Mathers said his biggest concern was of how the public would react considering current political movements and philosophies.

“It’s that silent majority,” he said. “It is just so hard to read what they are going to do and what they are thinking.”

He said he was glad that a “good majority” of voters felt he was running the county well and want him to continue in his job of representing them.

“I think it was also my ability to not spend on everything that comes along,” he said. “It also helped because I’m a homegrown boy because I’ve been here.

“My roots are here.”

Mathers said he wanted to thank the voters for showing their support for him and he would do “the best I can to keep Moffat County, Moffat County.”

As the commissioner headed out of the courthouse late Tuesday night, he said he was heading to his downtown bar for a planned “cheers or tears” party.

“It’ll be cheers,” he said with a laugh.

Moe could not be reached for comment as of press time Tuesday.

Comments

mamabear711 3 years, 10 months ago

I don't think Toms honesty has ever been challenged as a commissioner. I think it came down to people were just too lazy to write in the name of Kerry Moe or that they couldn't spell it correctly. It is very obvious that the write in option is not the way to win. Since Tom and Audrey have the support of the voters hopefully they can take office and put forth some effort in developing our community to become diversified. Not so dependent on the coal mines. Next time we have a commissioners race a good question to ask our commissioner is what have you accomplished for our community while in office? Some time I would think our community would get tired of status quo. Some growth and development would be a great thing. Good luck to Tom and Audrey. I hope to see some great things these next few years!!

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