Moffat County commissioner, surveyor announce candidacy for re-election
CRAIG — Two local candidates announced bids for re-election during Friday’s Lincoln Day Dinner, hosted by the Moffat County Republican Party.
The dinner raised funds for the local party and gave state and local candidates a stage to share their platforms ahead of the March 6 caucus.
Rep. Bob Rankin, Colorado GOP Vice Chair Sherrie Gibson and several state candidates, including three for governor and state treasurer, spoke at the event.
Secretary of State Wayne Williams gave the keynote address. He lauded Moffat County’s Republicans for “punching above their weight” in supporting him in the 2014 election and encouraged them to do it again for GOP candidates during this year’s midterm election.
In a speech that lasted all of 33 seconds, Moffat County Surveyor Peter Epp declared his candidacy for a third term in the position.
“I want to thank you,” he said at the dinner. “I look for your support in the coming election.”
Epp has run unopposed twice, and no other candidates have announced their intent to run for surveyor.
Board of County Commissioners
Moffat County Commissioner Frank Moe formally announced his bid for re-election to the District 3 seat. Moe enters the race to represent Moffat County’s western district and will face challenges from former commissioner Tom Mathers and rancher Donald Broom.
During his announcement speech and in his letter of intent, Moe said he “has been and will always play offense first.” He mentioned his role in the Board of County Commissioner’s new budget strategy: priority-based budgeting.
Moe will be absent for the caucus and plans to gather the signatures needed to petition onto the ballot.
Moe also announced his intention to send an invitation to President Donald Trump to visit Craig and Moffat County. He encouraged the crowd to sign the invitation, which was presented on a tri-fold display board. Moe said he’s already verified that Air Force One can land at the Yampa Valley Regional Airport.
“So, when you look up at the sky, you hear the roar of jet engines, you see the blue and white majestic plane that says the “United States of America,” emblazoned with the seal of the President of The United States, you will go ‘Frank Moe thinks big, works hard and loves the people of Craig and Moffat County,'” he said.
Friday marked one year since the Silver Creek Fire sparked northwest of Kremmling in Routt National Forest and burned more than 20,120 acres, according to data from the Rocky Mountain Incident Coordination Center.