It was a busy night on Tuesday for Weld County Clerk and Recorder Steve Moreno, who oversaw his last election as clerk and recorder at the same time he received the Republican nomination for Weld County commissioner at-large.
Moreno took 73 percent of the Republican vote, beating out former Evans mayor Lyle Achziger for a spot on the November general election ballot.
Moreno celebrated with some of his team and a few close friends and family on Tuesday, but he said his work isn’t over.
In November, he will be up against Democratic candidate Carl Erickson and American Constitution Party candidate Lynette Kilpatrick for an at-large seat on the five-person board.
“We will be in a lot more communities, we will stay engaged,” Moreno said of his campaign team in coming months. “You’re not representing just the Republican party — now it’s an opportunity to go and reach out to all voters of the county. You don’t just run for this to represent one ticketed party.”
He said the fact he oversaw a race he was in may have been perceived as awkward to some constituents, but Moreno said he does little in the way of handling or counting the ballots.
“I make decisions, and the staff is the hands-on part of the operation,” Moreno said.
For that reason, he said his situation wasn’t as bizarre as it might sound.
“It’s a good feeling right now,” Moreno said of garnering a spot in the general election.
During his campaign, Moreno said he wanted to reach out more to all parts of the county to hear resident concerns and expand his institutional knowledge of the county.
Achziger said on Tuesday he wasn’t sure if he would consider running for office again.
“I’ve got a flood and a campaign behind me, and I’m going fishing,” Achziger said of what is next for him.
Julie Cozad, Milliken mayor pro-tem, ran uncontested for the Republican nomination for the Weld County commissioner District 2 seat, and will sail into the general election uncontested, as well.