Van Beek ahead of Harvey by 60 in Eagle County sheriff’s race
Republican James van Beek is the new Eagle County sheriff — probably.
Van Beek was leading Democrat Daric Harvey by 60 votes when unofficial totals were posted at 12:30 a.m.
However, Eagle County Clerk and Recorder Teak Simonton said 150 ballots remain to be counted from military personnel serving overseas, people living abroad and ballots with signature issues.
The winner will replace outgoing Sheriff Joe Hoy.
In 2010, van Beek lost to Hoy by fewer than 90 votes.
Van Beek and Harvey met in numerous debates — mostly civil — pointing out the differences in their backgrounds and management styles.
“Now is the time to bring the community back together,” van Beek said. “These campaigns can be contentious and divisive, but now it’s time for the elected officials to do what’s best for the community.”
Van Beek defeated Hoy in this spring’s tough Republican primary. Hoy had served as Eagle County’s sheriff since 2002 and threw his hat in the ring for one last four-year term.
Harvey was unopposed on the Democratic ticket. However, Harvey launched his campaign last spring, about the same time as the two Republicans.
“The past few months have been a long journey of perseverance and sacrifice,” Harvey said. “Throughout the campaign, I have met many great people whose words of support and encouragement have helped me and my family along this exciting time. I would like to thank my wife and children for their understanding and support throughout this process. Today, the citizens of Eagle County chose who is going to be their next sheriff and will lead the office into the future.”
Both Harvey and van Beek promised a more accessible Sheriff’s Office that will see deputies out of their patrol vehicles and more involved with the community.
“There has been a lot of passion, and that’s good,” van Beek said. “Now it’s time to put that aside and get down to the community’s business.”
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