Endorsement: Chandler-Henry, McQueeney, Harvey, Bettis right for the Roaring Fork
Voters in the Eagle County portion of the midvalley will help select two county commissioners, a sheriff and, in a somewhat obscure race, a coroner. Voters in the El Jebel and Basalt areas combine for about 25 percent of the total in Eagle County, so they have a big influence.
In the county commissioner District 2 race, we support Kathy Chandler-Henry, the Democrat, over Republican Courtney Holm.
Chandler-Henry was appointed to the board last year and proved to be a fast learner. She already provides a veteran presence to the three-member board.
Even more impressive, Chandler-Henry was a regular visitor to the Roaring Fork Valley before it was time to campaign. She has attended some important civic meetings in Basalt and started attending Roaring Fork Transportation Authority meetings. She’s got a grip on issues on this far corner of the county.
The District 3 race is a tougher call. The current commissioner in that seat, Sara Fisher, must step down because of term limits. Democrat Jeanne McQueeney demonstrated a hard work ethic when she topped an establishment candidate in the primary. She did that by knocking on a lot of doors and acquainting herself with issues in the Roaring Fork Valley. Her expertise is in education. She is currently the president of the Eagle County School Board.
Republican Dick Mayne is a longtime, well-respected member of the Gypsum Town Council. He has helped guide that town through a rapid period of growth.
In a close call, we recommend McQueeney for her efforts to learn about issues in the Roaring Fork Valley.
In the sheriff’s race, we endorse Democrat Daric Harvey over Republican James Van Beek. Harvey impressed us with a pledge to integrate deputies better into the Roaring Fork Valley. He also vowed to examine patterns of when law enforcement was needed in the detached Roaring Fork Valley and make adjustments to staffing as needed.
Van Beek seems too focused on gun-ownership rights for private citizens.
In the coroner’s race, we endorse incumbent Kara Bettis. She brings expertise to the position as a 12-year veteran and has demonstrated a willingness to improve job skills, such as relations with the press.
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