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Moffat County commissioner to run in November

Brian Smith

Audrey Danner

— Moffat County commissioner Audrey Danner has announced she will be seeking election in November.

Danner, 57, filed candidate papers Thursday and will run as a Republican.

The Mof­fat Cou­n­ty Repub­lican Par­ty Vac­­ancy Committee appointed Dan­ner to the commission's District 2 position Dec. 8, 2008, after former commissioner Saed Tayyara died while in office.

This will be her first time seeking election.

Danner said she knew taking Tayyara's seat "was the right thing to do."

She said the past few years has been a challenge, but a rewarding one.

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"It has been a challenge that I have enjoyed because of the various issues we take on," she said. "I know where to find information and have built a network of people and resources in the region and at the state level."

Despite the challenges of helping run a county, Danner said she has learned a lot.

"I have learned that you have to be capable, honest and willing to learn," she said. "I enjoy this position immensely.

"I have skills to keep improving Moffat County. I enjoy the public role of interfacing with local government, state government, residents and the business community."

Since moving to Craig in 1974 with her husband, Ron, Danner said she has grown to love the community.

"I have a strong love for this community," she said. "This is our home."

She served as executive director of Yampa Valley Partners from May 1996 to December 2008.

Danner said the position gave her a strong understanding of regional issues.

She said she has been successful as a commissioner because of her ability to learn about the wide range of topics presented to her.

Danner also has a background in volunteering. She served on the Moffat County United Way board for 11 years, in addition to volunteering for the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and the Craig Improvement Authority.

County commissioner Tom Mathers said Danner has "been a pleasure to work with."

"Audrey has been a real asset to the commissioners," Mathers said. "She is more into the technical side of how this world works and makes good, sound, well-informed decisions."

Moffat County residents will vote on all but one county public office in November. County commissioner Tom Gray's seat is the only position not up for election.

Mathers has not filed papers for re-election but is expected to make an announcement Saturday at the Moffat County Republican Central Committee's Lincoln Day Dinner.

Moffat County has nine registered candidates running for office, all of whom are Republicans.

K.C. Hume will be running against Kirk McKey for county coroner.

Elaine Sullivan, the county's clerk and recorder, is running for treasurer against Mike Brinks, an accountant with Bonaker & Associates.

Other candidates for Nov­ember's election are Peter Epp, who is seeking the county surveyor position; Lila Herod, who filed for clerk and recorder; Carol Scott, who filed for assessor; and Sheriff Tim Jantz, who is seeking re-election.

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