Steamboat Springs Two Republicans from Routt County have set their sights on political office.
Dave Moloney, former chairman of the Routt County Republican Party, during the past weekend announced his intention to run for state House District 26 in 2014.
Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat Springs, currently represents H.D. 26, which is made up of Routt and Eagle counties.
Moloney has lived in the Yampa Valley for 25 years. He is a real estate broker and manages his own real estate investment business.
According to a news release, he serves on the Legislative Policy Committee of the Colorado Association of Realtors, is a church elder and is on the board of directors of LIFT-UP of Routt County.
“Our current representative has voted to raise energy costs for rural Coloradans, attacked our constitutional rights and freedoms, hurt Colorado businesses and co‐sponsored the largest tax increase in Colorado history,” Moloney said in a news release. “I believe that Diane Mitsch Busch’s extreme viewpoints are out of touch with the majority of District 26 residents.”
Mitsch Bush was the first Democrat elected to a redrawn H.D. 26 in 2012, and Eagle County makes up about two-thirds of the population in the district.
“I’m sure I’m going to be spending a lot of time in Eagle County,” Moloney said Monday.
Moloney said he was looking forward to getting out and meeting people and earning their support.
“I’ve spent most of my adult life here in the district and personally dealt with a lot of challenges that face people here,” he said about running a business and raising a family in Northwest Colorado.
Former Steamboat Springs City Council member Cari Hermacinski has filed an affidavit for her intent to run for Routt County Board of Commissioners District 3.
District 3 currently is represented by Steve Ivancie, who was appointed by the Routt County Democratic Party to replace Mitsch Bush. Ivancie also is a former City Council member.
When he was appointed in December 2012, Ivancie said he would look to run for the seat when the term is up in November 2014. Ken Brenner, who also was considered for the seat by the party, said he’d run, as well.
Hermacinski’s affidavit, which was filed in October, shows she is running as a Republican, and her campaign finance disclosure filed Nov. 1 shows she has neither raised nor spent any money.
According to the Colorado Secretary of State’s website, Hermacinski is the only candidate to file for the office as of Monday.
Other local offices
Routt County employee Kim Bonner has registered as a Democrat to run for the position of clerk and recorder in 2014, according to the Colorado Secretary of State’s website. Bonner is listed as the elections supervisor on the Routt County website.
Brita Horn, a Republican, has registered to run for treasurer in 2014, as she said she would when appointed to the position in October 2012.
Routt County Sheriff Garrett Wiggins, a Republican, has filed an affidavit to run for re-election in 2014.
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