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Moffat County candidates participate in public forum

Tea Party hosts public forum for county commission candidates

Patrick Kelly

Andrea Camp, Don Cook, Lane Osborn, Ed Winters, Mayor Ray Beck, Jim Stoddard, Commissioner John Kinkaid and Tony St. John answer questions as candidates for the Moffat County Board of Commissioners.

To help the community get a better sense of who is running for the Moffat County Board of CommissionersMoffat County Board of Commissioners, all of the candidates gathered for a public forum Thursday night., all of the candidates gathered for a public forum Thursday night.

Moffat County Board of Commissioners, all of the candidates gathered for a public forum Thursday night.

Hosted by the Bears Ears Tea Party PatriotsBears Ears Tea Party Patriots, the candidates were given two minutes to introduce themselves before switching over to a question-and-answer session with a one-minute reply time., the candidates were given two minutes to introduce themselves before switching over to a question-and-answer session with a one-minute reply time.

Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots, the candidates were given two minutes to introduce themselves before switching over to a question-and-answer session with a one-minute reply time.

Questions included how the candidates would address budget shortfalls, what new industry they would like to see in the area and how to keep the trust of the public.

Present for the forum were District 2 candidates Tony St. JohnTony St. John, , Craig Mayor Ray BeckCraig Mayor Ray Beck, , Lane OsbornLane Osborn and and Jim StoddardJim Stoddard. From District 1, hopefuls . From District 1, hopefuls Andrea Camp, Ed WintersAndrea Camp, Ed Winters and and Don CookDon Cook were joined by incumbent commissioner were joined by incumbent commissioner John KinkaidJohn Kinkaid. . Glenda BellioGlenda Bellio, a candidate in District 1, was absent., a candidate in District 1, was absent.

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Tony St. John, Craig Mayor Ray Beck, Lane Osborn and Jim Stoddard. From District 1, hopefuls Andrea Camp, Ed Winters and Don Cook were joined by incumbent commissioner John Kinkaid. Glenda Bellio, a candidate in District 1, was absent.

Stoddard dropped out of the raceStoddard dropped out of the race and endorsed Craig Mayor Ray Beck for the position in his closing comments. and endorsed Craig Mayor Ray Beck for the position in his closing comments.

Stoddard dropped out of the race and endorsed Craig Mayor Ray Beck for the position in his closing comments.

"I think the main thing that I learned is that what the commissioners have been doing is pretty impressive. It's a lot of hard work, a lot of head-scratching," he said.

All of the candidates are running as Republicans, except for Kinkaid who is unaffiliated. As an unaffiliated candidate, Kinkaid needs to collect signatures from 2 percent of the electorate to be placed on the ballot.

The Republican runners will have to secure 30 percent of 97 delegates at Saturday's county conventionSaturday’s county convention. If a candidate gets at least 10 percent of the delegates, they may attempt to petition onto the ballot.. If a candidate gets at least 10 percent of the delegates, they may attempt to petition onto the ballot.

Saturday's county convention. If a candidate gets at least 10 percent of the delegates, they may attempt to petition onto the ballot.

Throughout the forum, unifying themes between the seven candidates were balancing the county's budget, improving communication, strengthening the regional economy, defending the energy industry and keeping government local.

The variety in their responses came from individual background and how they believed personal experiences would give them an advantage in accomplishing the county's goals.

Matt Winey, local Tea Party leader, moderated the forum. At the end of the event, he thanked the candidates for participating and encouraged the community to say active in local government.

"No matter who gets elected — they don't just get elected and then you are out of their lives," he said to he audience. "We need to help them."

Who makes it to the ballot will be determined Saturday at he county convention, which begins at 8:30 a.m. at Sandrock Elementary School, 201 E. Ninth St.

Contact Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or Contact Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or pkelly@CraigDailyPress.com or follow him on Twitter @M_PKelly.Contact Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or pkelly@CraigDailyPress.com or follow him on Twitter @M_PKelly.