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Democrats Hymes, Boyd move on in commissioner race following caucus vote

March 9, 2024, 5:36 pm

The Eagle County Democratic Party in its virtual precinct caucus, assembly and convention on Saturday selected two candidates for the District 2 county commissioner seat who will square off in the June 25 primary election.

Sarah Smith Hymes

Party delegates chose former Avon Mayor Sarah Smith Hymes with 140 votes (43%) and Vail Valley Foundation spokesman Tom Boyd with 116 votes (35%).

Eagle Town Board member Geoff Grimmer received 71 votes (22%), which was below the 30% threshold needed to move on to the primary. Grimmer can still petition his way onto the ballot.

Tom Boyd

District 1 incumbent Eagle County Commissioner Matt Scherr was unopposed in the Democratic caucus process and thus far remains unopposed by Republicans in the November general election, which is true of District 2 as well.

Democratic District 2 incumbent Kathy Chandler-Henry is stepping down at the end of her current term. When the county asked voters for a third term for county commissioners in 2021, Chandler-Henry pledged then that she would consider her 11.5 years at the end of 2024 to be the equivalent of three terms (she had been appointed to fill resigning Jon Stavney’s unfinished term in 2013).

While she could have run again, Chandler-Henry didn’t want the ask to voters for a third term to appear self-serving, particularly since she will wind up serving nearly 12 years as a commissioner.

Editor’s note: This post has been updated to better reflect why Chandler-Henry is not seeking a third term.

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