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Runyon, Stavney win Eagle County seats

Dominique Taylor/Vail DailyEagle County Commissioner Peter Runyon, right, looks over partial commissioner results as they come in with Jen Scroggins, center right, Tuesday at a democratic party at Fiesta's in Edwards.

Dominique Taylor/Vail DailyEagle County Commissioner Peter Runyon, right, looks over partial commissioner results as they come in with Jen Scroggins, center right, Tuesday at a democratic party at Fiesta's in Edwards.

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.