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Democratic Eagle County Commissioner Kathy Chandler-Henry won another term on Tuesday by a resounding margin of 62% to 37% over Republican challenger Thomas Crisofulli.
“I’m so happy to represent the people of Eagle County for another term,” Chandler-Henry said. “We have lots of work to do and can hit the ground running. It was a good race focused on the issues, and I’d like to thank everyone for their support.”
Chandler-Henry’s fellow Democrat and commissioner, Matt Scherr, also won his race, beating Republican Jennifer Woolley by a margin of 60% to 39%.
“It’s good to know that with so much uncertainty in the world and nation that I have our work to do in this community regardless,” Scherr said.
Their victories continue a long run of Democrats dominating Eagle County politics dating back to the last Republican commissioner in 2006.
The tally comes with about 85% of the vote counted – 28,780 out of 33,967 active voters.
In a definitive rebuke of a recently failed recall effort, Amy Cramer Phillips was the second highest vote-getter in the Avon Town Council race with 868 votes – just behind top vote-getter Lindsay Hardy at 879 votes. Russell Andrade won the third seat at 786 votes.
“I think voting in me and Lindsay, chairman of the P & Z, is the people decidingly endorsing the progress we are making in Avon. I endorsed RJ in 2018 and I look forward to working with him too,” Phillips said of Andrade.
“While the recall is behind me, it still is lingering on for [council members] Tamra [Underwood] and Sarah [Smith Hymes], which I think is an expensive assault on democracy as they were both elected soundly in 2018,” Phillips added.
Statewide, in the only truly competitive congressional race, Republican Lauren Boebert defeated Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush by a margin of 51% to just under 45.6% in the 3rd Congressional District, which includes the western two-thirds of Eagle County.
“Freedom wins!” Boebert tweeted. “Thank you so much. This is a great victory for freedom and prosperity. Plus I have the honor of being the first mom to represent CO-03! It doesn’t get better than that. God bless America!”
Boebert knocked off five-term incumbent Republican Scott Tipton in the GOP primary. Mitsch Bush, who lost to Tipton by eight points in 2018, vowed to keep fighting.
“We are all in this together,” Mitsch Bush wrote in her concession. “Together we will reclaim our democracy, recover from COVID and build our communities better so that everyone can thrive and succeed. I won’t stop fighting, and I hope you won’t either.”
Conservation Colorado pointed out Boebert failed to win her home Garfield County.
“Diane Mitsch Bush ran a strong, principle-based campaign against Lauren Boebert. We are thankful for Diane’s leadership and service to our state,” Conservation Colorado Executive Director Kelly Nordini said in a release.
“In some ways, Representative-elect Boebert is still a mystery but we can learn a lot from the results of her home county, Garfield — the place where people know her best but like her least,” Nordini added. “Boebert’s anti-climate, anti-public lands campaign garnered the weakest showing in Garfield County of any Republican on the ballot and may give a glimpse of her political future if she sticks to her guns in our solidly pro-conservation state.”
Boebert also lost Eagle County by an overwhelming 60% to 37% margin. While Mitsch Bush narrowly won the most populous county in the district, Pueblo, it was not by a wide enough margin to counter Boebert’s 27-point victory in the district’s second-most populous county, Mesa, which is home to the city of Grand Junction. CD3 could look very different in the next election cycle after the state goes through redistricting.
In the 2nd Congressional District race, which includes the eastern third of Eagle County, Democrat Joe Neguse beat Republican Charlie Winn by a margin of 61.8% to 35.3%.