Candidates confirmed for Craig election
Craig City Clerk Shirley Seely said candidates in this year’s municipal election have officially been set.
There are two candidates running for mayor and six candidates running for three city council seats in the April 5 mail-in ballot election.
City council member Terry Carwile and former Moffat County Commission candidate Frank Moe are the two mayoral candidates.
Joe Bird, Stephen Hinkemeyer and Tony Bohrer join incumbent council members Ray Beck and Byron Willems and term-limited Mayor Don Jones as the six city council candidates.
Former council member Bill Johnston picked up a nomination packet, but decided not to run for a position.
Candidates needed the signatures of 25 registered voters to be placed on the ballot. Council packets were due Friday. On Tuesday, Seely said all collected signatures have been verified, officially placing the candidates on the ballot.
Moe said residents expressed excitement to him about having a choice for mayor as he was collecting his required signatures. He also thinks his chances to get elected are fairly good.
“I wouldn’t have put my name in the hat if I didn’t think I had an excellent chance to win,” he said.
“When I ran for commissioner, I was 49 votes short of winning,” he said. “I think I am going to get a lot of that same support, and that’s one of the reasons I am running is all of the information and input I got from the community.”
Carwile said he received about 40 signatures and received “good feedback from everybody” about his candidacy.
“Everybody seems to have the same concerns with respect to the economic conditions around here and so forth and the relationship between the city and the county and what have (you),” he said.
He thinks he is “in very good shape” to win the election.
“I hate to sound cocky or unduly confident here, but I think I have an excellent chance to win this election,” he said.
Beck said he had a “positive interaction with the community” when gathering signatures for his petition.
“Well, my record stands and I think I have a good chance of serving my second term, representing the people, and as I have said in the past … for me, it is more than sitting on the bench making decisions,” he said. “I think it is about being involved in your community.”
Bohrer said he was met with “open arms” from residents he spoke with. He said they were also pleased with the number of candidates involved in the election.
Despite being new to politics, Bohrer said he thinks his chances to grab a council seat are good.
“I would say that I have as good of a chance as anyone, I would think,” he said.
“Obviously what is going to hurt me is that I have never run for anything like this before … but, my family has been here my whole life and their whole life.”
Willems said he was also confident in his candidacy and previous work on the council.
“I would have to say that I have done a pretty fair job on council for six years, so I think my chances are better than not,” he said.
He also said he was impressed with the field of candidates running in the election.
“You can’t hardly go wrong when you have three people running with past experience and some really quality people running with no experience that could help,” he said.
Hinkemeyer said some residents he collected signatures from “already wanted to talk issues.”
“They all wondered, ‘Well, why do you want to go do that?’” he said. “So, I told them my reason … was that I was concerned about the way the (Moffat County Public) Safety Center process was going.”
Hinkemeyer feels he has a good chance to be elected considering he has “been around the community for a long time and a lot of people know me.”
Jones said everybody who signed his petition was “very supportive and appreciated my service and wished me good luck.”
He said he didn’t have “a clue” what his chances are, but is looking forward to running and hopefully serving again.
“It’s exciting and we have got some good competition and have some good candidates and like I said … I haven’t got burned out yet, I still have a lot of enthusiasm,” he said.
Bird said those he approached about signing his petition felt confident in his abilities and understood “that I am entering into it for the right reasons.”
He said he hopes his desire to serve is matched by his chances to be elected.
“I desire to be on there to try and work as a team with everybody else on the council and try to make some forward progress with what’s going on,” he said.
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