Robert Razzano, Moffat County treasurer and the Republican nominee for county assessor, said he wishes former write-in opponent Jennifer Riley well in her new position.
“If that is the direction she wants to go, I guess that’s fine,” Razzano said Wednesday after hearing Riley would withdraw from the November election. “There are no hard feelings on my end. I just wish her good luck in the new spot.”
George Rohrich, chief executive officer of The Memorial Hospital in Craig, announced Wednesday that he had named Riley as the hospital’s new chief of organizational excellence.
Because of her new position, Riley is ending her candidacy for assessor, leaving Razzano a seemingly clear path to securing office in November.
Razzano announced his assessor candidacy in March, petitioned his way onto the primary election ballot, and defeated deputy assessor Carol Scott in the primary.
Riley, currently the county’s chief appraiser, announced her write-in candidacy Aug. 16.
Razzano said he was nervous after hearing Riley would run as a write-in candidate.
“You always have a little bit (of nerves),” he said. “I was confident that I could win in November, but I didn’t have any ill feelings toward her with her announcing. That was her prerogative.”
Razzano said he was grateful for those who helped him win the primary and have supported him since.
“I have got a lot of public support since the primary,” he said. “I am just confident I can do a good job in January as assessor.”