Moffat County Emergency Management Coordinator Tom Soos to run for open commissioner seat

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Tom Soos

Tom Soos, emergency management coordinator for Moffat County, has entered the race for Moffat County Commissioner.

He’s vying for the District 3 seat that Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers will leave in 2015.

Soos wants to bring his experience in planning and zoning to the Board of County Commissioners. That expertise will help the BOCC plan long-term, he said.

“I want to be sure that we stay fiscally responsible,” he said. It’s important to “look past today and come up with contingency plans in case things happen.”

Moffat County faces a lot of issues, and Soos said he wants to be working on the commission directly addressing these issues.

The county needs to “make sure that regardless of what happens in Washington (D.C.) and to coal that we have some sort of contingency to make sure the power plant survives,” he said.

He pointed out other challenges the county is coming up against, including health care, water rights and agricultural issues.

“We might be in for another drought here,” Soos said. “We also need to protect our agriculture and our agricultural lands. Those things seems to be falling a bit by the wayside.”

Soos is running against Frank Moe, owner of the Best Western Deer Park Inn and Suites, who has been campaigning for the soon-to-be open seat since May 2013.

Mathers said he supports the competition.

“I think there ought to be a lot of people running. We need qualified people in there to run for that job,” he said. “It’s always good when you have not just a free slide-through when you have a campaign: Where you have to come out (in) public with your thoughts and your background and all that good stuff. I like to see all the debates. If you only have one (candidate) running, you don’t know that.”

Soos said he was excited at the idea of being commissioner.

“I would appreciate support from the people of Moffat County in my endeavor to be commissioner,” Soos said.

Contact Erin Fenner at 970-875-1794 or efenner@craigdailypress.com.

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