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Alton on the sheriff’s ballot

Brandon Johnson

With Clerk and Recorder Elaine Sullivan’s signature, the battle for Moffat County sheriff became a three-man race this week.

Sullivan on Monday certified the petitions for Cpl. Vic Alton, who is running for sheriff as an independent.

Chief Deputy Clerk and Recorder Lila Herod said Alton had 213 signatures certified. Alton needed 91 signatures to have his name on November’s ballot.

Alton said gathering the signatures was a good experience.

“I got a lot of good feedback,” Alton said.

Gathering sig—-natures was a good way to meet new people and catch up with people he already knew, Alton said.

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“It would be nice if all candidates had to do this,” he said.

With the signatures, Alton joins two Republicans in the race: Undersheriff Jerry Hoberg and Sgt. Tim Jantz.

Hoberg and Jantz will square off in the Republican Party primary on Aug. 8.

Alton said his campaign will take shape when the Repub–licans choose their candidate.

“Once the primary is over and we determine who the opponent is going to be, we’ll approach it in a harder fashion,” he said.

There are numerous local offices up for grabs in November’s election, but Alton is the only candidate running for office in Moffat County who isn’t a Republican. That means every local election except the sheriff’s race will be wrapped up during August’s primary.

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