Re-Elect John Kinkaid: A fighter for Moffat County

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Thanks to John Kinkaid’s persistent efforts at the highest levels of government, he was able to help save 220  jobs at Colo-Wyo mine.  John is a fighter for Moffat County workers, and Moffat County needs him for the fight ahead. Re-elect John Kinkaid this fall.

Greg Smith, a Moffat County native, shares why he will be voting for John this fall >>

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In John’s four-year tenure as Moffat County Commissioner, he has made all decisions with one questions in mind: What would be best for Moffat County families and our economy?

Most recently, Kinkaid pledged, if re-elected, to donate his 2017 pay raise back to Moffat County:

“Our county employees have not gotten a raise for quite awhile (The last raise was in 2013 and the 3% was negated by FICA withholding, so not reflected in take-home pay), therefore I do not find it fair for myself to receive a 30% raise….By law, however, I have to receive this raise. And now my pledge is to donate it back to Moffat County in 2017.” Learn more >>

Some highlights of his successes and accomplishments for Moffat County include:

  • John Kinkaid worked tirelessly to attain a personal meeting with Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior, to help save 220 jobs at Colo-Wyo coal mine.  Some have called it the “John Kinkaid meeting,” and for good reason, because Secretary Jewell said that it was indeed John’s meeting.  Secretary Jewell asked to John to lead the meeting with both opening and closing comments. John also gave the Secretary huge cards with the many personal appeals from Moffat County residents.  In John’s words, “Getting that meeting with the Secretary took a lot of arm twisting, but we kept the mine open. It was a success.”
  • John also secured a personal meeting with Janice Schneider, Assistant Secretary of Interior, who is is above the BLM and the Office of Surface Mining.  With the help of Jeff Comstock, John addressed several topics that are critical to the well-being and success of Moffat County residents.  After the meeting, Tri-State officials  were also given the opportunity to discuss some of their concerns with Ms.  Schneider.
  • John has achieved impressive influence among state and federal officials to give Moffat County residents a voice at the highest levels. He maintains regular email and phone contact with key officials regarding Moffat County needs and concerns.
  • Because of this influence, John was given the opportunity to be the first person to testify in Denver against the Clean Power Plan at EPA headquarters.  Right after his testimony, EPA Director McGrath asked to meet with Kinkaid personally. It was during that meeting that John Kinkaid invited the EPA Director to visit Moffat County, to personally tour our power plant “in action.”
  • Similarly, John was able to gain the attention of the EPA Region 8 Director, Shaun McGrath, to come to Moffat County to hear our concerns over the so-called Clean Power Plan at the Moffat County High School Auditorium, with nearly 800 county and northwest Colorado residents in attendance.
  • And finally, John achieved a meeting with White House officialsm including the Office of Management and Budget and EPAm over the serious concerns with the then-proposed Clean Power Plan.  John personalized the situation for the White House,  and told them Moffat County’s “story.”  At that meeting with the White House, John was backed by officials from Tri-State, Senators Bennet and Gardner, and with Congressman Tipton.
  • 2016 Gates Family Foundation Fellowship
  • 2016 Graduate of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government Senior State and Local Officials Program
  • 2015/2016 National Association of Counties’ Energy Subcommittee, Chair
  • 2013 to present, member of the National Association of Counties’ Energy, Environment and Land Use Steering Committee

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