Moffat County Republicans select commissioner candidates |

Moffat County Republicans select commissioner candidates

Ray Beck becomes commissioner unless challenged; other candidates can still petition

Patrick Kelly
Moffat County Republicans gather to elect commissioner candidates, elect delegates to the state assembly, pass party resolutions and hear from state representatives.
Patrick Kelly

Moffat County Republicans put Don Cook and Ray Beck on the primary ballot for the county commission race at their Saturday morning convention.

Both candidates were the only ones from their respective districts to receive the minimum number of delegates necessary for a spot in the June primary.

Cook was voted the Republican candidate for District 1 and will challenge unaffiliated incumbent John Kinkaid for his seat. To make the ballot, Kinkaid must collect signatures from two percent of the voters who participated in the last commissioner election.

In District 2, Beck effectively got the job. Unless a candidate petitions onto the ballot, he will replace Commissioner Chuck Grobe, who is not seeking reelection.

Ninety-four delegates’ votes were counted in the District 1 race. Cook received 57, followed by Andrea Camp at 21 and Ed Winters with 16. Glenda Bellio had announced a candidacy but did not get a nomination.

Beck received 55 out of 96 delegates in the District 2 competition, beating Tony St. John’s 22 and Lane Osborn’s 19.

Camp, Winters, St. John and Osborn all received enough delegates to qualify for an attempt at petitioning onto the ballot. To do so, they will need to collect signatures from 20 percent of the voters who participated in the last commissioner election by April 4.

St. John said he would not petition and the rest of the candidates said they were unsure and wanted to consider the decision.

Unless one of the Republican candidates from District 1 petitions on and forces a June primary, Cook will be the Republican facing Kinkaid in the November election.

“I am very honored and humbled,” Cook said of the nomination. “There’s still a lot of work ahead.”

Beck, who currently serves as Mayor of Craig, said he was ready to continue his civil service.

“I’m honored to continue to keep serving my constituents in this new capacity as county commissioner,” he said. “I will continue to fight for them as I’ve done in the past.”

Fourteenth Judicial District Attorney Brett Barkey, the first to speak at the convention, thanked Commissioner Grobe, who is retiring from the county board.

“I want to extend a special appreciation to Commissioner Grobe for the great service he’s lent to this county over the past four years,” he said. ”It has been a privilege to work with him.”

Matt Winey, of the Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots, read a statement from Alex Beinstein, a Republican candidate from Carbondale who is contesting Scott Tipton’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Colorado Sen. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs, was in attendance to address his constituents on the importance of Republican participation in the upcoming congressional race.

“If we lose the Senate, Northwest Colorado is done,” said Baumgardner. “Your coal mines are done, gas and oil is done. They’re going to shut this part of the world down.”

Rep. Bob Rankin, R-Carbondale, was present to encourage voters as well and represent his wife, Joyce Rankin, who is up for reelection as the 3rd Congressional District seat on the State Board of Education

“We have got to get everybody to turn out and vote this time,” he said. “It is so important.”

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

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