Frank Moe, owner of the Deer Park Best Western Inn and Suites, won Tuesday’s primary election and likely will be Moffat County’s next District 3 county commissioner after the November election.
The unofficial results came in at about 7:30 p.m.
Now, Moe will be on the November ballot uncontested. An independent possibly could challenge Moe, but otherwise, the business owner has the seat secured.
Unofficial results for the 2014 Moffat County Republican primary election
Moffat County Commissioner District 3
Frank Moe: 1,366
Tom Soos: 717
County Clerk and Recorder
Lila Herod: 1,765
Linda Peters: 1,716
Chuck Cobb: 1,732
KC Hume: 1,729
Kirk McKey: 1,688
Moe has been campaigning for almost two years and said he couldn’t be prouder to take on the new role.
“I really appreciate the people of Moffat County,” Moe said. “My middle name is ‘humble’ now because I’m really humble.”
Moe has lived in Craig for 27 years with his wife, Kerry, and they fell in love with the small Colorado town.
Since then, they each have acted as advocates for the energy industry: testifying at Environmental Protection Agency hearings in Denver on behalf of coal-fired power plants. They also worked to get presidential candidate Mitt Romney into town to raise his awareness to the needs of Northwest Colorado.
Moe wants to continue this advocacy in his capacity as commissioner.
“Over the last four years … different bills … have come up against coal, against our power plant. I felt (I needed) to speak up and get attention, when your family, friends and neighbors' jobs are at risk,” he said.
Moe ran against Tom Soos, emergency management coordinator for Moffat County, for the seat.
“I got an opportunity to meet a lot of people that I otherwise wouldn’t have. The experience was really good. I wish (Moe) all the best. He put a lot of time and energy into it,” Soos said. “From my perspective I think it was — on both sides — a good, clean campaign. We gave the people a choice and they made their choice.”
Lila Herod, Moffat County clerk and recorder, was excited about the turnout.
“I always wish the turnout was better, but in comparison, it was better,” she said.
In the last Republican primary, in 2012, a total of 2,258 residents voted. That number increased to 2,341 in this election.
There were several uncontested Moffat County races, and the candidates all came away with 100 percent of the vote.
Contact Erin Fenner at 970-875-1794 or efenner@CraigDailyPress.com.