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Yard-sign troll invokes Trump in Vail Town Council election

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October 28, 2019, 7:53 pm
Yard-sign wars in Vail.

Vail’s campaign yard-sign-gate just took a Trumpian turn as someone trolled the trolls.

Earlier this month, Denver attorney and Vail resident Karen Perez was the subject of “vote no” signs on public property – a first for a ski town that prides itself on civic civility.

Some community members questioned why the only woman of color on the Vail Town Council slate for four open seats on Tuesday, Nov. 5, was the subject of the only negative signage in town.

After the signs started cropping up on private property around town – “Vail Vote No on Karen Perez Town Council” – a sign troll offered their take, posting their own signs next to the anti-Perez ones reading, “Rich, White, Old Farts Say” and “Trump Says”.

Perez is a member of the Vail Planning and Environmental Commission that recently approved a workforce housing project in East Vail that’s ostensibly been opposed on wildlife habitat grounds but also because it will be “another employee-only ‘ghetto’ that has the potential for noise, traffic and ‘youthful activity’ at all hours.”

Those things are apparently anathema in a wealthy ski town that’s now 80-percent occupied by wealthy second homeowners.

Kaye Ferry, head of the local Republican Party infamous for her comments about Denver riff-raff overwhelming Vail as a result of the Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass, is opposing the latest workforce housing project.

The most recent sign wars are reminiscent of the disgusting attacks on Gov. Jared Polis last year in nearby Eagle, when police investigated homophobic yard signs attempting to smear the then congressman who represented Vail in Washington.

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David O. Williams

Managing Editor at RealVail
David O. Williams is an award-winning freelance reporter based in the Vail Valley of Colorado, writing on health care, immigration, politics, the environment, energy, public lands, outdoor recreation and sports. His work has appeared in 5280 Magazine, American Way Magazine (American Airlines), the Anchorage Daily News (Alaska), Aspen Daily News, the Aspen Times, Beaver Creek Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, the Colorado Independent, Colorado Politics (formerly the Colorado Statesman), Colorado Public News, the Colorado Springs Gazette, the Colorado Independent (formerly Colorado Confidential), the Colorado Springs Independent, the Colorado Statesman (now Colorado Politics), the Daily Trail (Vail), the Denver Daily News, the Denver Post, the Durango Herald, the Eagle Valley Enterprise, the Eastside Journal (Bellevue, Washington), ESPN.com, the Glenwood Springs Post-Independent, the Greeley Tribune, the Huffington Post, the King County Journal (Seattle, Washington), KUNC.org (northern Colorado), LA Weekly, the London Daily Mirror, the Montgomery Journal (Maryland), The New York Times, the Parent’s Handbook, Peaks Magazine (now Epic Life), People Magazine, Powder Magazine, the Pueblo Chieftain, PT Magazine, Rocky Mountain Golf Magazine, the Rocky Mountain News, Atlantic Media's RouteFifty.com (formerly Government Executive State and Local), SKI Magazine, Ski Area Management, SKIING Magazine, the Summit Daily News, United Hemispheres (United Airlines), Vail/Beaver Creek Magazine, Vail en Español, Vail Valley Magazine, the Vail Daily, the Vail Trail and Westword (Denver). Williams is also the founder, publisher and editor of RealVail.com and RockyMountainPost.com.

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