Frank Moe wins Moffat County commissioner Republican primary election |

Frank Moe wins Moffat County commissioner Republican primary election

Frank Moe, owner of Best Western Deer Park Inn and Suites, won the Moffat County Commissioner District 3 seat in the county Republican primary. That means he is the only candidate on the November ballot so far.
Erin Fenner

Unofficial results for the 2014 Moffat County Republican primary election

Moffat County Commissioner District 3

Frank Moe: 1,366

Tom Soos: 717

Uncontested races

County Clerk and Recorder

Lila Herod: 1,765

County Treasurer

Linda Peters: 1,716

County Assessor

Chuck Cobb: 1,732

County Sheriff

KC Hume: 1,729

County Coroner

Kirk McKey: 1,688

Frank Moe, owner of the Deer Park Best Western Inn and Suites, won Tuesday’s primary election and likely will be Moffat County’s next District 3 county commissioner after the November election.

The unofficial results came in at about 7:30 p.m.

Now, Moe will be on the November ballot uncontested. An independent possibly could challenge Moe, but otherwise, the business owner has the seat secured.

Moe has been campaigning for almost two years and said he couldn’t be prouder to take on the new role.

“I really appreciate the people of Moffat County,” Moe said. “My middle name is ‘humble’ now because I’m really humble.”

Moe has lived in Craig for 27 years with his wife, Kerry, and they fell in love with the small Colorado town.

Since then, they each have acted as advocates for the energy industry: testifying at Environmental Protection Agency hearings in Denver on behalf of coal-fired power plants. They also worked to get presidential candidate Mitt Romney into town to raise his awareness to the needs of Northwest Colorado.

Moe wants to continue this advocacy in his capacity as commissioner.

“Over the last four years … different bills … have come up against coal, against our power plant. I felt (I needed) to speak up and get attention, when your family, friends and neighbors’ jobs are at risk,” he said.

Moe ran against Tom Soos, emergency management coordinator for Moffat County, for the seat.

“I got an opportunity to meet a lot of people that I otherwise wouldn’t have. The experience was really good. I wish (Moe) all the best. He put a lot of time and energy into it,” Soos said. “From my perspective I think it was — on both sides — a good, clean campaign. We gave the people a choice and they made their choice.”

Lila Herod, Moffat County clerk and recorder, was excited about the turnout.

“I always wish the turnout was better, but in comparison, it was better,” she said.

In the last Republican primary, in 2012, a total of 2,258 residents voted. That number increased to 2,341 in this election.

There were several uncontested Moffat County races, and the candidates all came away with 100 percent of the vote.

Contact Erin Fenner at 970-875-1794 or

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