Q-and-A with City Council candidate Byron Willems
Q-and-A with City Council candidate Jarrod W. Ogden
Q-and-A with City Council candidate Tony Bohrer
Craig mayor candidate Ray Beck participates in a Q-and-A compiled by the Craig Daily Press.
Craig mayor Terry Carwile participates in a Q-and-A compiled by the Craig Daily Press.
Sometimes the best prediction of what someone will do in the future is to look at what they have done in the past. But being able to talk about records is a luxury only about half of the candidates in the races for Craig mayor and City Council are able to play to their advantage.
Less than one week into the municipal campaign period and Craig already has a contested race for mayor as well as five candidates running for three open City Council seats. There’s still plenty of time for more candidates to jump into the fray; residents interested in vying for the mayoral or City Council seats have two more weeks to file ballot petitions.
A special thanks to Jo Ann Baxter's supporters during the race for Colorado House District 57.
Last week Moffat County voters arrived at the polls and voiced, by an overwhelming majority, their desire for a new leader in the Oval Office. Republican candidate Gov. Mitt Romney won big here earning 4,695 of the 6,239 ballots cast in Moffat County and topped incumbent President Barack Obama by a more than three to one margin. But Obama reclaimed the big prize by winning the Electoral College and carrying the national popular vote by almost 3.5 million votes. For some local residents Obama’s re-election was a bitter defeat.
Colorado voters legalized recreational pot use on Tuesday, setting up a clash with federal drug policy. A similar measure was also approved in Washington state, though voters in Oregon rejected recreational pot. When state and federal laws conflict, federal law takes precedence. Federal authorities could sue in an attempt to block the measures in Colorado and Washington from taking effect. It remained unclear how the federal government would respond. "Federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug, so don't break out the Cheetos or gold fish too quickly," Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat who opposed the measure, said in a prepared statement.
Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Cowdrey, has been through his share of elections since first running for public office. But on Tuesday Baumgardner said they never get easier no matter how many he’s through. “You just don’t know going in,” Baumgardner said. “It doesn’t matter how hard you campaign or how good you feel, anything can happen.”
Our View: With the close of the 2012 election, it can be easy for us to remain divided. However if we want our nation to move forward, we need to get past the differences highlighted during this past campaign season and focus on ways to improve our nation.