Relief mixed with gratitude and exhaustion was evident in the voices of Rani Derasary, Tawny Knuteson-Boyd and Kalen Jones the morning after each of them won another four-year term on the Moab City Council.
The incumbents took the top three of six spots following a campaign season that began with 11 candidates.
“I would like to thank voters for their support,” said Knuteson-Boyd. “And I’d like to thank all of the candidates for running clean and ethical campaigns.” She also thanked the work of volunteers “who helped put up signs and kept us going … I don’t know what any of us would do without our volunteers, friends and spouses.
“I’m really looking forward to tackling some of the challenges in front of us,” she said. “We have some heavy lifting to do.”
Said Jones, “Once again, it was a close race in Grand County. I’m appreciative of all the people who helped me and the media outlets for doing a good job getting information out on the important issues facing our city. I look forward to serving the residents of Moab for the next four years and continuing to find solutions to the challenges and opportunities we face … and I’m very grateful for the lack of negative campaigning.”
Said Deresary, “I want to commend all of the candidates. We had 11 in the spring and six in the general. It’s good for different voices to be heard.”
Derasary said she ran a grassroots campaign because that’s where her comfort level was, and meeting people helped her “definitely keep in mind this community is full of different opinions. I’m very grateful for the voters’ support.”
In her second term Derasary hopes to keep working on big issues – housing, environmental quality, aging infrastructure and quality of life challenges.
One benefit of the election’s outcome is that the winners are already familiar with those issues, a benefit Derasary said has value, but the challenges are real and will require hard work to overcome.
“Four years ago, we didn’t know all these bugaboos would come out of the closet,” she said. “I don’t know that it is going to get any easier, so I’m happy we have an engaged community and a professional and skillful staff.”