Commissioner campaigns winding up |

Commissioner campaigns winding up

Rick Barnes

Wherever Chuck Grobe goes these days, he seems to be asked the same question:

“How’s the golf game?”

Known as one of the better ball strikers in Craig, it’s not uncommon for Grobe to play as many as 54 holes in a week.

But golf has taken a backseat lately to more pressing endeavors for Grobe, who’s only played 27 holes this season.

“I’m too busy campaigning,” Grobe told Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers on Tuesday.

Grobe, a Republican and former Hayden mayor, is in the midst of the only contested primary for one of the Moffat County Commission’s two open seats.

He’s running in District 2 against incumbent Republican Audrey Danner.

With less than 60 days until the June 26 primary, both candidates are ramping up their campaign efforts.

Danner, a grassroots campaigner, spent Saturday doing what she believes earned her the office less than four years ago — walking door-to-door and speaking with local voters.

In addition to traditional strategies like campaign advertising and signs, Danner said she’s trying something different this year.

In coming weeks voters will be able to hear updates on issues such as energy development, county department reorganization, and sage grouse protection through streaming video feeds on Danner’s Facebook page and website,

Grobe said he’s also hosting a Facebook page and has already embarked on an aggressive advertising campaign.

But like his opponent, Grobe believes grassroots campaign efforts are the most effective.

Grobe also spent his Saturday in the field meeting with voters at the Craig Home and Garden Show.

“I was out there getting help with my gardening techniques,” Grobe quipped. “I’m just getting out there and hopefully helping people put a face with the name, giving people the opportunity to ask me questions, and shake as many hands as I can.”

Rick Barnes, the third Republican in the race for Moffat County Commission’s District 2 seat, was unable to garner enough signatures in his attempt to petition onto the primary ballot.

He will be an option as a write-in candidate for November’s general election.

“Right now I’m just content with hanging in the background,” Barnes said. “I’m still talking and pushing my message, but I won’t have anything big planned until after the primary.”

The race for District 2 may be the only contested primary campaign in Moffat County, but that hasn’t stopped John Kinkaid, an unaffiliated candidate for Moffat County Commission District 1, from rolling out his campaign in hopes of getting an early start against Republican Dave DeRose in the general election.

In April, Kinkaid touted his candidacy and jabbed at his November opponent in a series of emails, labeling DeRose as a popular millionaire.

“My opponent has wonderful name recognition (and baggage),” Kinkaid wrote in an April 12 email. “I am running for the right reason. I have honesty and integrity. This is my calling.

“I’m not a good ol’ boy and there will be no favoritism.”

In March, following the Moffat County Republican Convention, DeRose pledged to remain in the background until after the primary.

But DeRose responded to Kinkaid’s criticisms for the first time Saturday and pointed out that a millionaire is not defined by how much cash a person may have on hand.

“Everyone knows the definition of a millionaire is an individual whose net assets are a million dollars,” DeRose said. “If John Kinkaid has been at Tri-State (Generation & Transmission Association, Inc.) for 33 years, he’s probably got $1 million in his retirement account. … Henceforth, he’s a millionaire.”

Rather than get into an early squabble, DeRose said he’d rather let his experience do the talking.

“Most people know what I did on (the Craig City Council) and I plan to bring that same kind of management to the county,” DeRose said. “I’m running for county commissioner because I know what good government is, I work hard and I feel like it is time for me to serve the community in that way again.”

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