Chuck Grobe defeats incumbent to advance in commission bid
“I’m overwhelmed. It was a lot of work, but it was really neat talking to people throughout the county, getting to know them and it’s amazing the amount of support I received (Tuesday).”
— Chuck Grobe, a Republican candidate for Moffat County Commission District 2, about his win in the Republican primary election
Chuck Grobe, a Republican candidate running for Moffat County Commission’s District 2 seat, said Tuesday night his sights are now set on November's general election.
More than 1,950 Moffat County voters cast a ballot in the Republican primary election contest between incumbent Moffat County Commissioner Audrey Danner and Grobe.
According to the final, but unofficial, results, Grobe earned a slot in the general election ballot by securing 1,238 votes, or 63 percent.
Danner received 719 votes, or 36 percent.
“I’m overwhelmed,” Grobe said. “It was a lot of work, but it was really neat talking to people throughout the county, getting to know them and it’s amazing the amount of support I received (Tuesday).”
Grobe is running for office for the 10th time.
In his nine previous campaigns, he successfully secured positions on the Hayden School District Board, the West Routt Fire Protection District Board, Hayden Town Council and two terms as Hayden mayor.
Grobe’s only unsuccessful run for public office was a failed bid for reelection to the West Routt Fire Board.
In November, Grobe hopes to improve his average to 90 percent.
But, he doesn’t have an opponent yet.
Despite talk of Moffat County resident Rick Barnes running as a write-in candidate, he has yet to make an official announcement.
“I’ve got to talk to the boss (wife Tami) and to Chuck to see what his plans are,” Barnes said. “As of right now, I still haven’t made a decision.”
Danner was disappointed in Tuesday’s results, but was gracious in defeat.
“I know Chuck will do well,” Danner said. “I was hoping to work on many more projects, but we’ll see what adventures lie in wait for me after January.”
Grobe said he considers Danner a friend.
The two have known each other for more than 25 years and each ran what Grobe referred to as a positive campaign.
“We both ran on our strengths, there was no mudslinging,” Grobe said. “It was open, we discussed the issues, talked about what we can do, and how to make Moffat County better from each perspective, so I appreciated the race that way.”
Grobe said the biggest concern he heard from Moffat County voters while campaigning was a lack of transparency among commissioners.
Grobe is also a friend of Dave DeRose and John Kinkaid, Republican and Independent candidates, respectively, for the commission’s District 1 position. Those friendships will have to be put on hold, he added.
“Number one, I am very concerned about Sunshine laws,” he said. “I look at it pretty strictly and I’m going to bring that to the table.
“I talked about being open and transparent with voters everywhere I went and that’s what I want to be. If you're not open and transparent, you can run into problems.”