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Polls open for Election Day

Collin Smith

Today, Election Day 2008, marks the culmination of more than a year’s worth of speeches, promises and criticism from and for several political candidates and amendments to the Colorado Constitution.

Moffat County vote centers are are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today.

There will be three vote centers in Moffat County. One in Craig at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way; another in Maybell at the Maybell Community Center, 103 Ellis; and a third in Dinosaur at the Dinosaur Library, 400 W. School St.

Voters will be asked to make decisions on everything from local to state to national races, as well as 14 statewide ballot issues. Four ballot questions – amendments 53, 55, 56 and 57 – were removed from the ballot earlier this year. Voters should be aware those amendments will appear on their ballots, but any votes cast for them one way or the other will not be counted.

The ballot is two pages long, so the Moffat County Clerk and Recorder’s Office staff recommends coming to the vote center today knowing how you plan to vote.

Among the political offices up for grabs are two races for the state Legislature. Republican Rep. Al White faces Democrat Ken Brenner for state Senate District 8, and Democrat Todd Hagenbuch faces Republican Randy Baumgardner for state House District 57.

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As well as voting for president, the top executive position in the country, the Moffat County electorate also will decide who should sit at the highest executive level in the county.

Republican incumbent Tom Gray and Democrat Lois Wymore face each other in the race for the Moffat County Commission District 1 seat. Republican incumbent Saed Tayyara is running unopposed for the District 2 seat.

Despite the energy and commitment spent in the election, Wymore said she isn’t nervous about tonight’s results.

“I think I’m more excited than nervous,” she said. “It’s an exciting time.”

Wymore added she is prepared for office, should voters choose her.

“I know that if I am elected, that I have a lot of work to do in the next couple weeks to get up to speed,” Wymore said. “I’m prepared to make that commitment.”

Her candidacy is for those who want another point of view on the Commission, she said.

“I’m another choice, I can be another voice, Wymore said.

Gray said he will provide county residents with the same steady hand that has put Moffat County in a somewhat positive position compared to other regional counties.

Goals that Gray had for office have put Moffat County in a place where it can weather some of the financial hardships that have hit the country and are creeping into Colorado. Those include building and maintaining 30 percent reserves and establishing a county philosophy that government should only “manage the resources that voters choose to give it.”

“If that’s what voters want for four more years, they should vote for someone with a track record in that area,” Gray said.

Collin Smith can be reached at 875-1794 or cesmith@craigdailypress.com

2008 General Election

Election Day Voting:

When: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today

Where: Vote Centers

• Centennial Mall of Craig, 1111 W. Victory Way

• Maybell Community Center, 103 Ellis

• Dinosaur Library, 400 W. School St. This is a change from the previously reported vote center at Dinosaur Town Hall. The library will be the only vote center in Dinosaur.

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