Museum of Northwest Colorado: Searching for information on Stoney Hodges |

Museum of Northwest Colorado: Searching for information on Stoney Hodges

Mary Pat Dunn, Museum of Northwest Colorado Registrar
Stoney Hodges speaks with a visitor, possibly Frank Hutton, at his campaign booth at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. Though unclear whether Stoney ran for commissioner in 1976 or 1984, he had a large, elaborate booth and an energetic presence at the county fair that year. The Museum of Northwest Colorado is eager to hear from any readers who might remember Stoney and his campaign for county commissioner.
Courtesy Photo

There have been some interesting races for Moffat County Commissioner seats in past years, and the year that Stoney Hodges ran for commissioner was just one of those. A brief look through the newspaper archives at the Museum of Northwest Colorado did not provide many clues as to whether Stoney ran in the 1976 or the 1984 election. He did not show up in the newspaper election results of either of those years. The only clue to Stoney’s campaign lies in a photograph taken by local photographer Keith Gillam.

The photo shows Stoney at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion in his large campaign booth during fair time. With his slogan “Put County Government on a Stoney Foundation” his message was at the very least intriguing. One of his booth signs urged residents to vote on Tuesday Nov. 5 while another sign addressed the right to bear arms. A third sign to the back of his booth referenced Nakba Day, which commemorated the 1948 Palestinian War. Stoney’s political ideology must have appeared colorful and even slightly alarming to many of Moffat County’s rural voters. Dressed in hip-hugger pants and sporting long sideburns, Stoney style of dress seems to indicate the photo was more likely taken in the 1970s rather than the 1980s.

Not much is known now about Stoney except that it is thought he worked on the construction of the Craig power plant. The museum would love to hear from readers who might have information about him, or remember Stoney Hodges and his campaign for county commissioner. Thanks for contacting the museum at 970-824-6360 with any information you might have so we can add more detail to Stoney’s story and photograph, as well as document just one more piece of our history.

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