Moffat County rancher steps into race for Board of County Commisioners |

Moffat County rancher steps into race for Board of County Commisioners

Eleanor C. Hasenbeck
Don Broom
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CRAIG — Don Broom, general manager of Sombrero Ranches, announced his candidacy for the Moffat County Board of County Commissioners on Friday in a letter of intent submitted to the Craig Press.

Broom, a Republican, enters the race for the 3rd District against former commissioner Tom Mathers. Commissioner Frank Moe currently represents the 3rd District. Moe has expressed interest in seeking re-election but has not yet announced his candidacy.

“As your county commissioner, I will separate my emotions from my responsibilities and be a public-minded commissioner with concern for the full spectrum of public issues,” Broom wrote in the letter. He added he wants to “make our county a place where people succeed, have opportunity and seniors participate as vibrant members of the community.”

He also said he wants to focus on Moffat County’s economy, budget and agriculture.

Broom has lived in Moffat County for 18 years. He said he’s gained knowledge of budgeting and agriculture through his experience as general manager of Sombrero Ranches. As a rancher, he’s also worked with state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

In his letter of intent, Broom said government regulations, the Environmental Protection Agency and organizations like the WildEarth Guardians are not going away, and in light of this “We need to encourage and help new businesses and support the ones that we have.”