Matt Zalaznick
Eagle County, CO Colorado

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November 5, 2008
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Runyon, Stavney win Eagle County seats

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado - Eagle County Commissioner Peter Runyon and former Eagle mayor Jon Stavney won decisive victories over their Republican opponents Tuesday, riding a wave that swept Democrats into elected offices across to the nation.

Results were not finalized until early Wednesday morning.

In a race where taxes were the major issue, Runyon, who had been criticized for recent county spending decisions, kept his upvalley seat for a second four-year term, defeating former commissioner Dick Gustafson, of Vail, 10144 votes to 9,628.

Runyon, of Edwards, has been seen as a champion of affordable housing.

Stavney won his first term over former Avon town councilwoman Debbie Buckley, of Avon, 10390 votes to 9173.

Taxes and whether government should build affordable housing for Eagle County workers also were a major issue in the race for the midvalley seat, with Stavney arguing government should help residents buy homes and defending county spending.

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The VailDaily Updated Nov 5, 2008 11:23AM Published Nov 5, 2008 11:23AM Copyright 2008 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.