Republicans kick off season, announce campaigns
The race for the contested Moffat County Commission seat started to take shape Saturday, but the race for sheriff is still up in the air.
At the Moffat County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner on Saturday, local Republicans kicked off the political season and announced their intentions to run in November’s election.
In the sheriff’s race, Undersheriff Jerry Hoberg was the only candidate Saturday to announce his intention to run.
Hoberg, a Minnesota native, has lived in Moffat County for most of the past 20 years.
He has worked at the Craig Police Department and the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office. Hoberg has been undersheriff for the past seven years.
If elected sheriff, Hoberg said he would like to look at recruitment and retention issues within the department.
“We’ve got a lot of turnover, and that costs you a lot of money,” he told the Daily Press on Sunday.
He also said he wants to identify some leaders in the department and get them the training they need to succeed.
Moffat County Sheriff Buddy Grinstead, who didn’t attend Saturday’s GOP dinner, is leaving office after his second term because of term limits.
Tim Jantz, a sergeant at the sheriff’s office, had been rumored as a candidate for sheriff, but did not announce his candidacy Saturday.
Jantz said after the dinner that just because he didn’t announce his candidacy at the Lincoln Day Dinner — when candidates typically kick off their campaigns — it doesn’t mean he isn’t running for sheriff.
Two Republicans on Saturday announced their plans to run for the county commission seat held by Darryl Steele, an independent.
Steele is not term limited but doesn’t plan to seek re-election.
Craig real estate agent Vicki Burns was the first person Saturday to announce her candidacy for the commission seat.
Burns has lived in Moffat County for the past 28 years and is the owner and managing broker at Brass Key Realty.
Dan W. Martin also announced his candidacy for the commission seat.
Martin is known as “Buffalo Dan” because he runs a buffalo ranch west of Craig.
Martin and Burns are running for the District 3 seat, which encompasses the western part of the county. Commissioners represent one of three districts but are elected at large.
The other two commissioners, Tom Gray and Saed Tayyara, both Republicans, were elected to four-year terms in 2004.
No Democrats have announced plans to run for commissioner or sheriff.
Craig City Councilman Terry Carwile, the chairman of the Moffat County Democratic Party, said he doesn’t know about any Democrats who plan to run for either seat.
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