2 Routt County Republicans declare intent to run in 2014


— 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.


Dave Moloney

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.


Cari Hermacinski

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.

To reach Michael Schrantz, call 970-871-4206, email mschrantz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @MLSchrantz

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bill schurman 3 years, 6 months ago

Cari, Were you a Democrat I'd vote for you. Darn the luck.


Scott Wedel 3 years, 6 months ago

Yeah, I'm surprised Cari is running for county commissioner because they don't have any liberal programs that a conservative could promise to scale back. And Steve Ivancie is a pretty moderate Democrat in a district that is mostly SB so being politically to his right doesn't leave much room.

And DMB probably likes her chances against candidates whom have never been able to win an election for office.


Kevin Nerney 3 years, 6 months ago

Just as Harvey Lyon has stated that he will do everything he can to put an end to Diane Mitch Bush's political career, I would like to take this opportunity to state that I will do the same for Cari Hermasinski, even if I have to run against her despite the fact that I have no desire to be a county commissioner. And no Rob D I'm not threatening anyone.


mark hartless 3 years, 6 months ago


What you're basically admitting is something many others would be embarrassed to admit:

You'd vote for Satan himself so long as he had a little "d" after his name. I assume we can extrapolate that you'd refuse to vote for even Jesus himself if he had a"R" after his name???

Forget the platform, what they stand for, how many crack pipes they've smoked, etc...

Yes. that's the kind of discernment we have come to expect from the electorate...

And you guys wonder why I'm down on the whole notion of democracy...


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