McQueeney wins Eagle County commissioner |

McQueeney wins Eagle County commissioner

County commissioner candidates Kathy Chandler-Henry, right, and Jeanne McQueeney wave to residents who are on their way to work on Tuesday morning in Edwards.
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In the Eagle County Commissioner’s race for District 3, which includes the Roaring Fork section of Eagle County, Eagle Democrat Jeanne McQueeney and Gypsum Republican Dick Mayne ran to replace Sara Fisher, who had served two terms. Term-limit laws require Fisher to leave office in early January.

McQueeney, currently the president of the Eagle County School Board, expanded her lead as the votes were counted. What started as a 20-vote lead in early returns, expanded to 200 by 11 p.m., then to about 445 at the final count early Wednesday morning.

The vote totals aren’t final. Roughly 150 votes, mainly from members of the military, have yet to be counted.

“I don’t think my campaign could have gone any better,” McQueeney said. “We did everything we could, and did everything we wanted to do.”

Eagle County commissioners are elected by district — District 3 is part of Eagle as well as Gypsum and the Roaring Fork Valley — but are elected by all county voters.

McQueeney said she’s looking forward to starting to learn more about the job she won Tuesday.

“I plan to talk to the commissioners, to (Fisher) and to Mayne,” McQueeney said.

The fact that she has from now until early January is a “blessing,” McQueeney said.

“When I was elected to the school board, the election was one week and we were sworn in at the next meeting,” she said.

Reached fairly early in the evening, Mayne said he thought his campaign went “pretty well — there’s a difference in the type of candidate people wanted.”

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