Newcomer challenging incumbent for Moffat County Commission District 2 |

Newcomer challenging incumbent for Moffat County Commission District 2

Joe Moylan

Last year, a longtime Hayden public official decided to move west to Craig with his wife, Julie, to eventually retire in Moffat County.

Chuck Grobe, 61, amassed a lengthy record of public service over 32 years in Hayden.

His resume includes serving as town mayor for six years, mayor pro-tem for four years, vice chairman and chairman of the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado, and more than 20 years on the Hayden Planning & Zoning Commission, among others.

On Saturday night, Grobe announced his intention to continue his tradition of public office by running for the Moffat County Commission's District 2 seat during the Moffat County Republican Party's Lincoln Day Dinner.

"My whole life in Colorado has been dedicated to being very active at the community level wherever I can," Grobe told the audience during his announcement speech. "I have a desire to serve the people, and I do mean serve."

Grobe is an electrician and currently employed by Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association, Inc., as a substation supervisor.

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Although a fairly new resident of Moffat County, Grobe said he has been active in the local community throughout the years by working with the Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center, Bear River Young Life, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Craig.

"I don't have any secrets or hidden agendas," Grobe said after Saturday night's event concluded. "I just want to do my best for the county because this is going to be my home for the rest of my life."

Before Grobe's announcement, District 2 incumbent Audrey Danner outlined her platform for reelection, which includes a continued focus on core government services, fiscal responsibility, and the development of public and private partnerships.

In addition, she discussed the progress of two projects in particular that are "near and dear" to her heart: off-highway vehicle trail mapping and enhanced broadband service in Northwest Colorado.

"OHV mapping will produce a regional map and program that will be important to tourism development of a new kind," Danner said. "In addition, broadband connections are essential to help us be successful."

Danner outlined 10 "challenges and opportunities" facing Moffat County.

"When I was elected to the Board of County Commissioners, I outlined my goals and then got busy working full-time to honor my commitment," Danner said. "I'm asking for your support at the county caucus on Tuesday, Feb. 7, so that I may continue to serve you.

"There is work to be done."

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