Former Moffat County Commissioner vying for senate seat



Candidates vying for Eighth State Senate District seat:

• Claudia Alexander of Gypsum

• T. Wright Dickinson of Browns Park

• Jeff Fry of Hayden

• Bob McConnell of Steamboat Springs

• Kay Meyring of Walden

• Shannon Stowe of Glenwood Springs

• Jean White of Hayden.

T. Wright Dickinson said he’s considered a run for the state’s Senate District 8 seat for a while.

“I’d anticipated that when Al White’s term ended that I might run,” Dickinson said. “(White’s) transition to a new job just brought that on a little sooner.”

White, R-Hayden, recently announced he was resigning his Senate post to lead the Colorado Tourism Office. He will assume tourism director duties Jan. 11.

Meanwhile, a vacancy committee formed to replace White will meet at 2 p.m. today at the Moffat County Courthouse to interview candidates for the remaining two years of White’s term.

Dickinson, a Republican from Browns Park, is one of seven candidates who have expressed interest in the position.

The other candidates are Claudia Alexander, of Gyp­­sum; Jeff Fry, of Hayden; Bob McConnell, of Steamboat Springs; Kay Meyring, of Walden; Shannon Stowe, of Glenwood Springs; and Jean White, Al White’s wife, of Hayden.

Dickinson was a two-term Moffat County Commissioner. He was elected to the commission in 1994 and left office in January 2003.

“I’ve been involved in politics in Northwest Colorado and the Western Slope for a long time,” Dickinson said. “I believe I’ve got the qualifications and ability to articulate the needs of our Senate district, and I look forward to doing that if that’s the committee’s choice.”

Since leaving office in 2003, Dickinson said he’s kept busy.

“I’m a partner in a family ranch, and I’ve been very active in water planning issues,” he said. “I’m a gubernatorial appointment on the Interbasin Compact Committee … and I’m also on the Yampa-White-Green River Basin Roundtable, as the Green River representative.”

Audrey Danner, a member of the Senate district’s vacancy committee, said the list of seven candidates is strong and Dickinson is a worthy addition.

“T. Wright is a good, local candidate,” she said. “He’s provided strong leadership in Moffat County as a commissioner, and in various committees at the state level, including the IBCC, the statewide water committee.”

Dickinson said if he is chosen for the Senate seat, his top priority will be jobs.

“First of all, we’ve got to get this state back to work — get folks jobs and keep the ones they have,” he said.

Colorado House Bill 10-1365 — also known as the Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act — is of particular concern, Dickinson said.

“The government shouldn’t be in the business of picking winners and losers, especially in industries that are vital to our area,” he said. “I’ve seen these fights in the past. I actually had a hand in mediating some of these issues between coal and gas when I was county commissioner back in the late ’90s.

“So, we’ve seen a little of this before.”

Danner said a new senator could be named as early

as today.

“That’s the intent right now,” she said.

Danner said the committee will begin today’s meeting by fine-tuning the rules, such as setting time limits for candidates to make presentations.

Danner said Sen. White set a high standard for others to follow.


jeff corriveau 6 years, 3 months ago

Possibly the only candidate worse than Mathers!!!! You have got to be kidding!!!


Ray Cartwright 6 years, 3 months ago

Let's see my choices are 1. Tom Mathers 2. T. Wright Dickinson 3. Bullet to the head.

I guess I would have to opt for #3 sorry.


leroymcgee 6 years, 3 months ago

Same old, same old for Moffat County. Can we please get some new blood? These choices all come from the good ol boys club...don't ask, don't tell, just make sure they all get what they want, not what is best for our community. Garbage.


wellwell 6 years, 3 months ago

Bob McConnell is also a candidate. He very dynamic, conservative, and well informed in Western Slope matters.


rhammel 6 years, 3 months ago

T.Wright's focus is ranching. He will represent ranching really well. But what about the rest of us. We need someone who will represent all of us. Take a long look at the rest of the candidates.


als362 6 years, 3 months ago

There are some people that live in Moffat County that I believe are qualified to hold the office of Senator. But none of these people are current or recent county commissioners.
By recent any commissioners in the last ten years that are still living. Any current or active commissioners are far to corrupt or one sided to suit me for this or any office.


Exres 6 years, 3 months ago

Hammel hit the nail. These guys are recycled and one-dimensional. Time for new, more well-rounded candidates.


taxslave 6 years, 3 months ago

To dentedfender.

I don't actually lol but I did tonight. I'm still laughting. Thanks.


George Robertson 6 years, 3 months ago

These people have put their soul into trying to make things better for all of us by investing their time, effort, and resources. Instead of saying Thank You, all you do is complain or indicate how THEY could have done the job better. Have any of You considered stepping up?


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