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Scott Cook talks Friday about his decision to steer away from elected office despite his varied involvement in the community. But, Corrie Ponikvar, Moffat County United Way executive director, said Cook would make an exceptional politician on either the local or state level.

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Dealerships, community at forefront for Craig businessman

In the summer of 1979, Scott Cook had just graduated from Colorado State University in Fort Collins with a degree in business management. Like many new grads, Cook wasn’t ready to jump into the business world and spend the rest of his working days toiling behind a desk. “I love the outdoors,” Cook said. “So, I had visions of becoming a ski instructor or whitewater rafting guide or something where I could be outside.” Cook’s father, Larry, had bought out one of his partners about 10 years earlier to take ownership of Cook Chevrolet, but joining the family business wasn’t at the forefront of his son’s mind. “It was never really decided that I would come back to Craig after college and work in the car business,” Cook said. “My parents said I could if I wanted to, or I could do something else.”

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