By Mike Dunn 

County candidates sound off


Mike Dunn

County Commissioner candidate Robert Davis, right, shares his opinion about Memorial Hospital of Carbon County at the County Candidate Forums on July 23.

Saratoga residents showed up en masse at the Platte Valley Community Center (PVCC) for the Carbon County Candidate Forums on July 23, sponsored by the Valley Service Organization (VSO).

Nearly every Carbon County candidate made an appearance at the forums, including the candidates who are running unopposed.

Clerk of District Court candidates Deborah Olson and Mara Sanger fielded questions from Sue Jones of the VSO about the responsibility of their job and why they were running

Additionally, Jones and several audience members asked incumbent Sheriff Jerry Colson and challenger Jerrod Frakes about why they were running for county Sheriff. Frakes said he was running because it was time for a change of command. Colson said while he respected Frakes' opinion, he is still very capable of performing his duties effectively.

The highlight of the night was the County Commissioners forum. Incumbents W. John Johnson and Leo Chapman went head-to-head with Ron Iverson, Robert Davis, Matt Feldmann and Terry Weickum.

The six prospective candidates were asked questions about the hospital, Carbon County business development and the fire district.

The VSO hosted the Saratoga mayoral forums yesterday, and will host the Saratoga town council forums at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the PVCC main hall.


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