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Commissioner announces 2012 campaign

Audrey Danner seeking additional term in public office

Moffat County Commissioner Audrey Danner stands in the hallway of the Moffat County Courthouse. Danner, 58, said hard work, frugality, strong faith and the ability to learn from past experiences have aided her in working with public projects and affairs.

Moffat County Commissioner Audrey Danner announced Friday her intention to seek re-election to the commission's District 2 seat.

"One reason I chose to run again is because I truly enjoy the job and I see that I can be successful at this," she said. "In learning about all the issues that face our community large and small, I've found that they are important to people for many different reasons.

"I'm enjoying the aspects of learning about those issues and responding to them. That's why I'm pleased to put my name out there for November 2012."

Danner was first appointed to the commission by the Moffat County Republican Central Committee in December 2008 to fill the position left by the death of then-commissioner Saed Tayyara. Voters elected her to a two-year term in 2010.

"I see it as the same job either way," she said. "When I was appointed, I took it very seriously, and if I'm re-elected I'll do the same."

Danner said she considered the future in her position after the 2010 election but hadn't made any decisions for re-election until recently.

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"It was certainly on my mind, but it was not a given at that point," she said.

If elected in 2012, Danner will serve a four-year term, staying in office through 2016.

A different part of the job within a new term would be having a new commissioner to work with. Fellow Commissioner Tom Gray is term-limited and unable to run for re-election next year.

"The commission always has new members coming in and learning about the issues," she said. "It's just the nature of the commission seats."

Danner said keeping in touch with Moffat County residents is a crucial part of working in public office.

"I get to work with such a wide range of interests and people. Each day, there are a variety of topics that come up about our social or economic issues within our community," she said, "In talking to them, I get to understand what's important to the community and help create solutions that keep us viable as a community to live, work and play in.

"Moffat County is my home, and serving as a commissioner has really broadened my horizons about all the natural resource topics, environmental issues and economic situations at our local, regional, state and national levels."

Danner said facing regulatory issues regarding the county's natural resources and energy industry has been one of the challenging parts of the job in her time as a commissioner.

But, standing up for Moffat County is something she believes in.

"It's easy to advocate for our community and take that message to Denver and Washington D.C., to describe what the effects of regulation and change would be to our economy," she said. "I believe we were very successful speaking out about the effects of (Colorado) House Bill 10-1365 and the challenges it imposes on our community. We still have work to do."

If re-elected, Danner said she would also like to continue bolstering recreational opportunities in the county, as well as enhancing broadband capabilities in the area.

The Internet plays an important part in Danner's re-election strategy, as well. She plans to use social media just as she did in her 2010 campaign.

"I've found that's a very effective way to reach a broad audience," she said. "I used Facebook and a web page last time, so I'll be doing that. I have some other options, too."

Danner said she has two words for people wondering what those other options are.

"Stay tuned," she said.

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“Moffat County is my home, and serving as a commissioner has really broadened my horizons about all the natural resource topics, environmental issues and economic situations at our local, regional, state and national levels.”

— Audrey Danner, a Moffat County Commissioner who announced Friday her intention to run for re-election next year

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