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Local Republicans vote to elect new party officers

Daily staff report

EAGLE COUNTY — Eagle County Republicans held their election of officers Feb. 15 at the Avon Town Council Chambers.

With seven seats up for election, Kaye Ferry was once again elected as chairman, John Rosenfeld as first vice chair, Max Schmidt, second vice chair, Bill Douglas, third vice chair, Dan Gumber as fourth vice chair, Jennifer Woolley as secretary and Katherine Paisen Senn as treasurer. All of these individuals will serve two-year terms.

District captains are: District 1, Randy Milhoan; District 2, Mike Matthias; District 3, Sandy Jacaruso; District 4, Michael Dunahay; District 6, James Southerland; District 7, Donna Spinelli; and District 8, Melinda Gorman; District 9, Alan Styers.

“Once again, it is an honor to be elected as chair of our local party,” Ferry said. “However, none of the achievements we’ve had these past two years would have been possible without the help of our tireless executive committee and all of our hard working volunteers. One very notable success was the 90.8 percent voter turnout of Eagle County Republicans in the November elections.”

In odd numbered years, by state requirement, all elected offices for all districts are required to elect officers for their party central committees. The process begins at the county level and moves on to the other district offices and finally to the officers for the Colorado Republican Committee.

District Elections

On April 1, the officers for Eagle County will travel to Englewood to elect officers for the districts of which they are a part, which include Congressional District 2, Congressional District 3, House District 26, Senate District 5 and Judicial District 5, as well as for the state officers. Additionally, any changes to the bylaws of any of these districts can be presented and voted on at these various organization meetings.

These functions are performed and closely structured by state regulations. They form the basis of the Colorado political process in preparation for elections on the state and national levels that occur in even-numbered years.

Once in place, all of these districts will have specific responsibilities centered around finding qualified candidates for office, providing the necessary support to get them on the ballot with the ultimate goal of getting them elected.