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Oak Creek mayor launches bid for Routt County treasurer

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Oak Creek Mayor Nikki Knoebel is hoping to bring her small town government know-how and her ability to manage budgets to the Routt County Treasurer's Office.

Knoebel, who has led the Oak Creek Town Council for the last eight years, announced this week she has launched a second bid for treasurer.

"I just think I'm the right person for the job," she said.

Nikki Knoebel

The Democrat touted her record as mayor, saying the town of Oak Creek had made great strides financially and had been running in the black during her tenure.

Knoebel also has spent 18 years working at Catamount Ranch and Club as food and beverage director. She manages a half-million dollar annual budget at Catamount.

As treasurer, Knoebel said she would work to foster stronger relationships between the treasurer and other county offices, including the Assessor's Office and the Routt County Board of Commissioners.

"It's also just making sure the taxpayers trust the steward of their money and that we keep transparency," she said.

Catherine Carson, chairwoman of the Routt County Democratic Party, said the party was excited to have Knoebel running for treasurer.

"It's beyond time to bring professionalism and community service back to the treasurer's office," Carson said. "Nikki has had such great leadership in Oak Creek."

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Carson also touted Knoebel's involvement in the community.

Knoebel, who has lived in Routt County for 24 years, is the only Democrat expected to run for Routt County treasurer.

The Republican candidates include Lane Iacovetto, Routt County’s deputy clerk and recorder, and Patrick Karschner, who is currently the county’s chief deputy treasurer.

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