With the 2010 election season almost over, Moffat County Commission candidates reflected Monday on their efforts to win votes and how they think today’s general election will take shape.
Two write-in candidates are challenging two commission incumbents for open seats in Districts 2 and 3.
Write-in candidate Tami Barnes is running against incumbent commissioner Audrey Danner for the District 2 seat, and write-in candidate Kerry Moe is running against incumbent commissioner Tom Mathers for the District 3 seat.
Moe said her campaign efforts went “very well” over the last few months.
“We have had so many people appreciative that they have a choice,” she said. “It is part of the American system — when you go to vote, you need to have a choice. It is very important.”
Moe said her chances of claiming the District 3 seat over Mathers are good, if the results of her campaigning efforts translate to votes in her favor.
“I have given not only the Republicans the opportunity to have a choice in this election, but for the first time in many, many years, I have given the Democrats and the independent voters an opportunity for a choice, as well,” she said.
However, Moe said she is not nervous about the election’s results.
“I love this county, regardless of what happens,” she said. “The only nerves I would have to say that I feel … are (for) what is in store for this county in the future if we don’t change the way we do business now.”
Mathers said he was not as nervous as he was before the primary election, but is still a bit on edge about the results.
“It is one of those things that you wake up one morning and you feel really good that you’ve done everything that you need to do,” he said. “… Then you wake up and you think, ‘What haven’t I done that I should have done?’”
Mathers said his chances for re-election are good, but he expects the race to be close.
“I would like to have this job for another four years and hopefully get (the county) through this recession and get things back on a positive keel,” he said.
Barnes said she has a good chance of taking the District 2 seat from Danner.
“From the support that I have been getting and the comments that are going around town, I feel I have a really good chance,” she said. “People are ready for new ideas and somebody new and somebody that is willing … to stand up for the people and talk and listen (to) the people.”
Barnes said she was pleased with the way she ran her campaign as a write-in candidate.
“People have come out of nowhere to show their support for me,” she said. “We get phone calls, I get e-mails just really showing their support for me and showing that they are ready for a change and believe in what I am running on, the principles and values.”
But, Barnes said she would be on “pins and needles” awaiting the election results.
“I am not a politician with my own agenda,” she said. “My agenda is for the people and for Moffat County.”
Danner said she was anxious to see the results of the election. She felt her campaigning efforts went well, and added she focused her efforts on talking with residents one-on-one about her candidacy.
“There is something about standing on someone’s front porch and asking them, ‘How are we doing as commissioners?’” she said. “That has proved very beneficial to me — listening to the citizens and hearing what their concerns are.”
Danner said she was unsure of her chances to be elected to the seat, saying she is “not much of a gambler.”
But, she had a message to voters who might be on the fence going into the election.
“I will make fair and reasonable decisions on whatever comes up, and I ask for your vote,” she said.