Candidates hit the streets, phones

— The two candidates running for county commissioner spent their last day before the election in dramatically different ways.

Republican John Shaw worked local supermarkets from Hayden to Steamboat Springs and made his way through fast-food restaurants to meet and greet constituents.

Meanwhile, Democrat Doug Monger took it easy, going to work at a local lumber business and making a few phone calls to voters.

"I'm real happy with the campaign," Monger said Monday. "I feel very good knowing I shouldn't have done anything different."

Shaw, a four-year resident of Routt County, continued his effort of getting his name out to voters. He held a meeting with undecided voters the day before the election.

"I think it was a good campaign," Shaw said. "But I don't think we got to the issues as much as I'd have liked."

Instead, Shaw said he spent much of his time working on name recognition.

"I spent a lot of time telling people who I was and the things I've done," Shaw said. Shaw lived in Denver for 25 years, running his own computer software company. He now owns a 1,200-acre ranch near Hayden.

Name recognition wasn't one of Monger's problems. The fourth-generation rancher is also an accountant, who has held financial jobs in the private sector and in the city of Hayden.

Throughout the campaign, both candidates worked the streets, going door to door with their families helping out.

"I think people appreciate seeing you out there door to door," Monger said.

"Some people are a little offended, but most are very positive about it."

One thing Monger believes that wasn't positive was what he called negative attacks by Shaw.

Shaw told a crowd he would treat the commissioner's job as a full-time position.

"From the very beginning," Shaw said, it was an issue.

"When I was nominated, I

pledged to be a full-time commissioner. Unfortunately, Doug isn't in a position to make that same pledge."

Monger countered he would work the hours it would take to do the job.

" 40, 60, 80 hours," Monger said.

The current commissioners, including outgoing Commissioner Ben Beall, said both men have been impressive.

"I think it's been a great race," Beall said.

"They've done a great job of getting involved in meetings," Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak said.

Both men agreed on one thing: They're glad the campaign is almost over.

To reach Frances Hohl call 871-4208 or e-mail fhohl@amigo.net

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