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Danner retains District 2

Republican incumbent secures another commissioner term

Ben McCanna
Rick Barnes, left, shakes Audrey Danner’s hand Tuesday night after Danner defeated Barnes’ wife, Tami, in the general election race for Moffat County Commission, District 2. Danner, the incumbent, won 97 percent of the vote.
Brian Smith





Rick Barnes, left, shakes Audrey Danner’s hand Tuesday night after Danner defeated Barnes’ wife, Tami, in the general election race for Moffat County Commission, District 2. Danner, the incumbent, won 97 percent of the vote.
Brian Smith

Audrey Danner said she wasn’t going to celebrate the general election results for the District 2 commissioner race in Moffat County.

Instead, she was going directly home after leaving the Moffat County Courthouse on Tuesday night.

But, that’s not because she wasn’t pleased with the results that gave her a 96-percent victory over write-in opponent Tami Barnes.



“I’m going home,” Danner said. “I’ve got jury duty in the morning.”

Election results were delayed in being released Tuesday night as Moffat County election officials waited for ballots to be returned from the outlying areas of Dinosaur and Maybell.

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It was roughly 9:30 p.m. before the tallies were in and Danner was notified of her victory.

“It feels wonderful,” Danner said of her landslide win.

She secured 3,645 votes, or 96.58 percent, according to Moffat County election officials. Barnes earned 129 votes, or 3.42 percent.

Danner has served as commissioner since 2008. She was appointed to the commission after the November 2008 death of sitting commissioner Saed Tayyara.

In February, she announced her candidacy seeking another term. Danner edged fellow Republican Tony St. John in the August primary election by 92 votes, setting the stage for a race against write-in challenger Barnes.

Danner said it was “gratifying” to win her seat in an election after serving as an appointee. She also said her first campaign was fulfilling.

“It’s a wonderful way to get to know the community,” Danner said of her campaign efforts.

On her plans for the county commission now that she’s secured her seat, Danner was brief.

“We’ll continue to do what we’ve been doing,” she said.

Barnes announced her candidacy for county commission in February.

However, her official bid was cut short during the Moffat County Republican Party County Assembly in April.

She failed to collect enough votes to be placed on the GOP primary ballot. Afterward, she announced she would continue to run as a write-in.

After learning of her loss Tuesday, Barnes said campaigning as a write-in is “difficult,” but she was not dismayed.

“I did what I could do, and if I could do it all over again, I’d do it exactly the same way,” she said.

However, despite the overwhelmingly one-sided results, Barnes isn’t ruling out a future bid for public office.

“Maybe in four years, I’ll do it again,” she said.


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