Steele wins commission race by landslide
Local residents want a more conservative and fiscally responsible local government, Darryl Steele said as the final numbers trickled in Tuesday night showing him as the landslide victor in the District 3 race for Moffat County commissioner.
“The people have made a statement in what direction they want county government to go,” he said. “They want county government to have less bureaucracy and want it to be more employee friendly.”
Steele, an independent, received 2,785 votes.
His opponent, Republican Jean Stetson, received 1,721 votes.
Steele said he couldn’t have predicted that he would win by 1,000 votes.
“You never know in politics,” he said. “You never really know where you’re at, but I always campaigned like I was behind.”
The current Moffat County commissioners and their families contributed more than $1,800 to the campaign of Steele’s opponent.
Steele said he realized he was not the person those currently in
office wanted on board with them, but said he was confident in filling the seat.
“I think I can sit down with the county commissioners and work for the better good of Moffat County even though they bitterly opposed me in this election,” he said.
But Steele’s platform was for change in local government, and he said he plans to stand by his promises.
“The percentage by which I won by makes it clear that voters want a change,” he said.
Throughout his campaign, Steele has promised to cut upper-level bureaucracy in county government, starting with the recently hired director of public works.
“I’ll start investigating more of the things I have campaigned on to double check what I’ve learned up to this point,” he said. “I want to take a good look at the positions that are there and determine if they are producing what they are costing taxpayers. If they’re not, I’ll take appropriate action. If they are producing, they’ll get my support.”
Stetson said she did not have any preconceptions of what Tuesday’s result would be.
“It’s always a surprise,” she said. “You never know what to expect, but my hat’s off to Darryl.”
Stetson’s campaign for commissioner was her first run at public office, and she said she did not know if she would run again.
She said she ran because she has a vested interest in the future of Moffat County.
“I thought it was important that Moffat County have a strong voice,” she said.
Steele said he would do his best to represent those who supported him.
“I thank the voters and appreciate their support,” he said. “I will not disappoint them.”
Josh Nichols can be reached at
824-7031 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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