January 28, 2011
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County Commissioner John Kinkaid went to Denver for an extra-long weekend of leadership training. He started out by attending the Leadership Program of the Rockies recruitment party Thursday night. Kinkaid said he wants to get involved with LPR so he can develop some skills and represent the Western Slope in an organization he said tends to have a higher proportion of Front Range leaders.
DeRose focused on keeping employees employed
On Tuesday one of the races for Moffat County Commissioner took an interesting turn. With just 34 days until the November general election John Kinkaid, 59, unaffiliated candidate for Moffat County Commission’s District 1 seat, announced in a news release he would not return to his post at Craig Station as a control room operator, opting instead to dedicate the entire month of October to his campaign. And just three days into the month Kinkaid said there’s been no shortage of activities to occupy his time. “This is a pretty huge gamble taking a month off from work,” Kinkaid said Tuesday night. “If today was any indication of how busy it’s going to be I feel good I made the right decision.”
The Republican Party’s field of candidates vying for public office became more defined Saturday night during the Lincoln Day Dinner fundraiser. One of the local offices up for grabs in November is the Moffat County Commission District 1 seat. Commissioner Tom Gray holds the office currently, but is term limited. John Kinkaid, 58, of Craig, announced his candidacy for the seat in February 2011 and is running unaffiliated. He was joined in the race Saturday night by fellow Craig resident Dave DeRose, 57, who announced his bid for District 1 as a Republican.
The 2012 general election is less than a year away and candidates vying for a variety of public service positions are emerging. In the last 10 days, a host of veteran players and newcomers have announced their candidacy, including state representative Ran- dy Baumgardner and incumbent state senator Jean White, who will battle it out for the District 8 state senate seat, and assistant district attorney Brett Barkey, who has thrown his hat into the ring for 14th Judicial District Attorney. At the county level, two Moffat County Commission seats are up for grabs in 2012 including the district 1 position, which will be vacated by Tom Gray who is term limited, and the district 2 spot currently held by Republican Audrey Danner.
In September 2010, John Kinkaid traveled to Denver to testify against an action he felt could jeopardize jobs. Kinkaid spoke out against Xcel Energy’s plans to comply with Colorado House Bill 10-1365 in hopes of helping his son, Caleb, keep his job at Twentymile Coal Co. The feeling he had at the time is similar to one he has now.