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Hoy leads in unofficial results for Eagle County sheriff race

Randy Wyrick
Vail correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
Joe Hoy

EAGLE COUNTY, Colo. – Joe Hoy is still the Eagle County sheriff, according to results that are final but still unofficial.

Hoy, a Republican, held off an intense challenge by independent James van Beek.

Hoy’s final margin of victory is a razor-thin 83 votes and Teak Simonton, Eagle County’s Clerk and Recorder, does not expect that to change. The trigger for an automatic recount is 36 votes for the sheriff’s race

The vote counters and vote watchers – the canvass board – still have to finish an audit, and that deadline is Nov. 22. The results won’t be official until then, but Simonton says the numbers will stand.

“I have every confidence it will be fine,” Simonton said. “We don’t expect the number to change.”

In the county surveyor’s race, Democrat Dan Corcoran held off Republican Ted Archibeque.

“There’s a lot of work to do and I’m grateful to everyone who supported me,” Hoy said. “It was a challenging races and James was good opponent.”

Van Beek said he felt good about running a strong and clean campaign, but of course he’d feel better if he’d won.

“I feel good about the race, overall,” van Beek said. “My opponent listens and got the message. No matter how it ends up, I am proud of my campaign.”

Both Hoy and van Beek said during the campaign that the Sheriff’s Office is facing further budget cuts, and that the administrative staff would be one of the places they looked.

Toward that end, Hoy cut two positions, undersheriff Jeff Layman on Friday and Kim Andree on Monday.

“That’s one of the challenges of having to cut your budget,” said Hoy, whose deputies cover a county that includes a sliver of the Roaring Fork Valley in the Basalt and El Jebel area.

The sheriff’s race is the closest in recent memory, with van Beek edging closer as the results continued to be tabulated.

Hoy led by 129 votes when the polls closed at 7 p.m. Nov. 2. Van Beek closed to 90 votes after a couple of updates and narrowed the margin to 83 on Tuesday.

Simonton’s election staff and the canvassing board – representatives from local Democratic and Republican parties – spent days in the basement of the Eagle County Building working through hundreds of provisional ballots.

Their work is not done yet, Simonton said, and won’t be until the vote is audited and the results are declared official. Still, the numbers probably will not change.