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Former commissioner Tom Mathers to make another run for BOCC seat

Eleanor C. Hasenback

Tom Mathers

CRAIG­ ­— Tom Mathers has served three terms on the Moffat County Board of County Commissioners, and he just announced his bid for a fourth.

In a statement given to the Craig Press, Mathers announced he's running to represent the county’s 3rd District, the seat currently held by Commissioner Frank Moe.

"In my last term as commissioner, I was fighting to keep what we had, playing defense against federal rules and regulations that were crammed down our throats and stifled our growth and economy," Mathers said in the statement. "I would like a chance to work with the Trump administration to bring prosperity and confidence back to Moffat County."

Mathers said he believes the best way to grow Moffat County is to cut regulations and "get government out of the way" for people starting businesses. He also said that he would spend time with people in each county department to understand them and their concerns before "making decisions that affect people's lives."

Mathers served a term as county commissioner between 1988 and 1991 and two terms from 2008 to 2015. Colorado law states that, if terms are longer than two years, a local elected official cannot serve more than two consecutive terms. Moffat County voters rejected measures that would have removed commissioner's term limits in 1996 and 2013.

"The commissioners are facing some of the toughest decisions in the budgeting process that anyone should have to face," Mathers said. "If elected, I think I could bring a fresh perspective based on the years of experience I have in budgeting and decision making."

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Mather's is a Moffat County native. He co-owns and manages Mathers' Bar with his brother. He also farms and ranches on the same Moffat County property his grandparents homesteaded on.