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Moe, St. John announce intent to seek county commission seats

New contenders emerge

Brian Smith

Two longtime local residents announced their candidacies Mon­­day for the Moffat County Commission.

Tony St. John, 68, a republican, is running for the District 2 seat, and Frank Moe is running for District 3.

St. John will be running against incumbent Audrey Danner, 57, and Tami Barnes, 45, both republicans.

He has lived in Craig for about 30 years and serves on the Moffat County School Board.

St. John said he does not think his position with the school boa­rd would be a conflict of interest if elected to the county comm­ission. However, if there was a conflict brought to his attention, he said he would step down from the school board, if elected.

St. John was a candidate for appointment to the county commission in December 2008 after former commissioner Saed Tayyara died while in office. Danner ultimately received the appointment.

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St. John said he can "bring a very positive attitude to the county commission and marketing skills to the county."

He said he is concerned with issues facing Moffat County such as drilling and the economy.

"I'm really upset with what the state of Colorado has done reducing exploratory drilling in the county, and that has cost us jobs," he said. "It has cost us revenue for the county, and I believe with as tight as the economy is throughout the state and the country, that I would bring a lot of caution to spending and budgeting."

St. John is a veteran who served in the U.S. Marine Corps until 1963. He spent 20 years working for Colowyo Coal.

He also served two terms on the Craig City Council and is a former Craig Chamber of Commerce president.

Moe also announced his county commission candidacy Monday to the Daily Press.

Moe is a 22-year resident and co-owner of Best Western Deer Park Inn & Suites.

He was not available for comment Monday.

He will be running against incumbent Tom Mathers for the District 3 seat.

Mathers announced his candidacy Feb. 27 at the Moffat County Republican Central Committee's Lincoln Day Dinner.

Moe, currently a Moffat County Tourism Association board member, has served with MCTA for more than 20 years.

Moffat County commissioner Tom Gray said Moe would not have to step down in order to run for the commission seat.

MCTA chairwoman Annie MacGregor said Moe "has some really great qualities."

"(Moe) is very passionate about Moffat County," she said. "He is very well versed in how to run a large organization."

Frank and his wife, Kerry Moe, received the Small Business of the Year award from the Craig Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 19 during the State of the County event for their work as owners of the Best Western.

Moffat County residents will vote for all elected county positions in November, save for Gray's commission seat.

Monday's announcements by St. John and Moe make four of those positions contested.

G.I. Buffham and Peter Epp are running for county surveyor, and Mike Brinks and Elaine Sullivan are running for county treasurer.

Lila Herod is running for county clerk and recorder. Sheriff Tim Jantz is running for re-election. Kirk McKey is running for coroner and Carol Scott is running for county assessor.

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