Steamboat Springs Republican Routt County Board of Commissioners District 1 candidate Brita Horn will have company on the June 26 primary ballot.
Candidates Tony Stich and Moose Barrows successfully have petitioned their way onto the ballot after receiving less than 30 percent of the delegate vote at the Routt County Republican assembly last month.
Horn, a South Routt rancher who serves as the fire chief of Eagle County’s rural Rock Creek volunteer fire department, was the only candidate to automatically qualify for the ballot after she received 55 percent of the vote of 82 Republican delegates.
Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland said Tuesday that Stich, a Stagecoach resident and businessman, and Barrows, a Realtor with Prudential Steamboat Realty and former Olympic downhill skier, collected the valid signatures of at least 105 Republicans and will compete in the primary.
All three are vying for the chance to replace longtime commissioner Nancy Stahoviak.
Stich said Tuesday that the weeklong petition process was a positive experience. He spent three days collecting signatures in front of the downtown Steamboat Springs post office.
“It was very rewarding because I gave out over 950 cards while I was out there,” he said, adding that he also collected signatures at a Shell Oil open house last week and at his church in Oak Creek. “At least I got my face out in front of a lot of people. I think that’s important because I’m the least known of all the candidates.”
Barrows said he also found the quick petition process to be enlightening.
“My purpose in running is to give back and serve the community that’s been good to me over the years,” he said. “This is not a job or a career. I just want to put a face on the (Board of) Commissioners that is experienced with the way we want to live in Routt County.”
Horn said Tuesday that she welcomes the competition.
“I’m going to continue to work hard,” she said. “Routt County knows I’m their public servant, and it’s my heart’s desire to serve them. They’ve seen my energy, my enthusiasm and my knowledge of what matters most in Routt County. Now, they will see my follow-through and endurance.”
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