March 21, 2012
Talia Johnson, Candidate for the Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board
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Incumbents, one newcomer running for 2 open seats
Two incumbents sealed another term on the Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board during an election Tuesday. Byron Willems, the board’s president, received 73 votes in the fire board election, and board member Alan Webber garnered 77 votes. Talia Johnson, who moved to Craig with her family in August, also put in a bid for one of the two four-year seats open on the board. She received 19 votes.
Before moving to Craig, Talia Johnson, 37, served four years with the Tri-County Volunteer Fire Department in Rush as both a firefighter and an emergency medical technician. An injury later sidelined Johnson from active duty. Rather than cut ties with the department, Johnson decided to make a run at the Tri-State Fire Protection District Board and served in that capacity for a number of years. In July 2011, Johnson’s husband, David, landed a position as a history professor at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Craig.