Reed Kelley announces bid for county commissioner seat as an unaffiliated candidate

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RBC | Earlier this week Meeker’s Reed Kelley officially announced his candidacy for Rio Blanco County Commissioner. Kelley is running as an unaffiliated candidate.

“I was excited today to finally be able to announce—here in Rangely—as an unaffiliated candidate for Rio Blanco County Commissioner. The legal process for an unaffiliated person to get on our county ballot started in mid-May and ended Aug. 23,” he said. “Hopefully it will generate more discussion and introspection among the voters about our county’s future. I look forward to meeting and talking with voters about the county and my candidacy.”

At a Water Conservation District meeting on Tuesday where Kelley made his announcement he was asked if he supports the water storage plan in Wolf Creek. Kelley responded that he’s “looking into it” and was unwilling to commit at this time.

Kelley will be running against Gary Moyer, who won the Republican primary earlier this summer. Moyer said that he wishes Kelley the best and that he is happy that voters will have two very different candidates to choose from this fall.

“We are very different on a variety of topics, especially dealing with natural resources,” Moyer said.

Kelley joins Emma Vaughn on the ballot as unaffiliated candidates. Vaughn is running for County Clerk and Recorder against incumbent Boots Campbell.

Editor’s Note: For the duration of the campaign, Reed Kelley will be on leave from his role as reporter for the Herald Times


By Jen Hill |