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Moffat County District 2 race gets new candidate

Jim Stoddard hopes to offer innovation, entrepreneurism

Patrick Kelly

Jim Stoddard, pictured, announced he would run for the Moffat County Board of Commissioners' District 2 seat only to reverse his decision during a forum Thursday hosted by Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots.

Editor's Note: Roughly 24 hours after this article was published, Jim Stoddard dropped out of the Moffat County Commissioner race.

Editor’s Note: Roughly 24 hours after this article was published, Jim Stoddard dropped out of the Moffat County Commissioner race.

Announcing his candidacy at the precinct 2 Republican caucus on March 1, Jim Stoddard is the most recent candidate to enter the race for the Moffat County Board of Commissioners’ District 2 seat.

Stoddard has lived in Moffat County since 1967 and is a businessman, inventor, entrepreneur and rancher.

"In 1984, with the training for business and a passion for creativity, I wrote a detailed business plan and swiftly implemented the creation of my first of five businesses I would create in the (Yampa) valley," he said.

Business ventures under Stoddard's belt include PackCenter Shipping, Caribou Freight, Stillwater Motors, and Empire Express Signage and Design.

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Stoddard also currently holds three U.S. patents and has worked with multiple universities, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to make his ideas a reality.

In addressing the delegates he hopes to win over at the Saturday Republican county convention, Stoddard included one of his inventions along with a letter he wrote — the Pluglitethe Pluglite..

the Pluglite.

"In the history of the Moffat County election process, it's likely no delegate has ever received a hold-in-your-hand, tangible sample of innovation and entrepreneurism from a candidate," he wrote.

Stoddard said he believes the only way to bring innovative and entrepreneurial ideas to the county is to elect someone with a background in innovation and entrepreneurship, which he possess.

At the same time, Stoddard said his first priority is "taking care of business."

"I'm not all innovation," he said. "I'm a good manager because I've done so many businesses. I can look at the big picture"

Stoddard is vying for delegates against two other candidates — Craig Mayor Ray BeckCraig Mayor Ray Beck, former Moffat County School District Board of Education member , former Moffat County School District Board of Education member Tony St. JohnTony St. John, and , and Lane OsbornLane Osborn..

Craig Mayor Ray Beck, former Moffat County School District Board of Education member Tony St. John, and Lane Osborn.

Commissioner Chuck Grobe currently holds the District 2 seat but opted not to run for reelection.

In District 1, the competition consists of Glenda Bellio, Andrea Camp, Edward Wintersthe competition consists of Glenda Bellio, Andrea Camp, Edward Winters and and Don CookDon Cook, who are all running against unaffiliated incumbent , who are all running against unaffiliated incumbent John KinkaidJohn Kinkaid..

the competition consists of Glenda Bellio, Andrea Camp, Edward Winters and Don Cook, who are all running against unaffiliated incumbent John Kinkaid.

The District 3 seat, held by Frank Moe, is not up for a vote until the next election cycle.

So far, all of the new candidates are Republicans.

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