“The adventure continues and we go forward. I know the trust of the voters of Moffat County has been given to me and that vote of trust will be honored by me."
— John Kinkaid about winning the race for Moffat County Commission's District 1 seat.
In what many have considered a huge upset, John Kinkaid beat Dave DeRose, 3,130 votes to 2,669, to win the race for Moffat County Commission's District 1 seat.
Prior to receiving the results, Kinkaid said he wasn’t as nervous as he thought he would be throughout the day.
“It’s been a great day," Kinkaid said. "This whole thing’s been a great adventure. People have been so wonderful to me."
Kinkaid went on to say he felt good about the race, adding he didn’t leave anything back.
“That’s all you can do, just give it your all and see what happens,"Kinkaid said. "I feel good about the number of yard signs. In Craig, tentatively, that’s a good barometer of what’s going to happen. Regardless of what happens tonight, if we get a strong turnout then democracy is benefited by it.”
After finding out the results, Dave DeRose said he was just glad the day was over.
“It’s been a long day. It’s just an unknown, it’s always an unknown, you know that affects anybody,” DeRose said. “He did a lot of campaigning and people voted for John, so he’s your county commissioner. I’m fine with that.”
After finding out he won, Kinkaid said he felt humbled.
“So many people sacrificed to make this happen, people who donated financially or donated their time and I guess what I’d say is it’s very humbling that the voters of Moffat County would trust me,” Kinkaid said.
Kinkaid added he hoped he would exceed voter’s expectations.
“The adventure continues and we go forward," Kinkaid said. "I know the trust of the voters of Moffat County has been given to me and that vote of trust will be honored by me.
“We’re going to do it right. We’re going to do it full time and I expect really positive things in the days ahead.”
It came as no surprise in the race for County Commissioner of District 2, not even to candidate Rick Barnes, that Chuck Grobe won with 4,965 votes to Rick Barnes’s 226.
“I knew it was going to happen because I was a write-in, but I stayed in because I wanted to push, get the people to wake up a little bit, maybe start realizing that they are in charge of the elected officials,” Barnes said. “They have that right to tell them what they would like to have.”
Grobe said he was excited and ready to step into his role as county commissioner.
“Throughout the process I was getting more excited, and the primary, taking that step, then like I said, I was pretty confident through the rest of the time,” Grobe said. “I was just waiting. Such a big time lapse between the primary and November.”
Grobe said he faced the most competition during the primary, where he was up against current county commissioner for district 2, Audrey Danner.
Grobe said he’s excited to step into his role as county commissioner because of the opportunity to be more open with voters, be more transparent, and work with department heads as well as the county and its workers.
“What I really appreciate is the friendliness and hardworking people in the area,” Grobe said. “When they see something they need to be worked on, the big thing is being able to get the vote and get their input back.”
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