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Commissioners Jill Ryan, Kathy Chandler-Henry retain seats

EAGLE — Local voters kept the band together with the board of county commissioners.

Democrats Jill Ryan and Kathy Chandler-Henry topped their Republican challengers, Michael Dunahay and Rick Beveridge.

Those wins keep Eagle County's first all-Democratic and all-female board of county commissioners intact.

"I am honored to serve Eagle County for another four years," Chandler-Henry said. "We are so fortunate to live in such an amazing place, and I will work hard every day on behalf of all our residents. Thank you to my supporters for all their work and their faith in me."

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Chandler-Henry had praise for Beveridge, her opponent.

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"Thanks to Rick for a hard-fought campaign, and my best to all the candidates who serve our county, state and nation," Chandler-Henry said.

Beveridge thanked Chandler-Henry for a positive campaign, and thanked his wife, LaVina, and their children, Remy and Joey, for their support.

"I'm honored to have had the opportunity to run for office," Beveridge said. "I want to congratulate my opponent Kathy Chandler-Henry for her win and for running a positive campaign," Beveridge said.

Although they did not win, Beveridge and Dunahay both said they enjoyed the process immensely.

"I've had the pleasure of meeting many new people and reconnecting with old friends throughout Eagle County," Beveridge said. "I've gained valuable experience and knowledge during my campaign, which will make me a better person. I want to thank my wife, LaVina, my kids Remy and Joey for believing in me and for supporting me. I also want to thank those who voted for me, my good friends and many donors who supported me both physically and financially, and last but not least a big shout out to the Eagle County GOP executive committee and volunteers for their efforts."

Ryan said she was thankful for a second term.

"I am honored that Eagle County residents have entrusted me with another four years," Ryan said. "I will work every day to make housing, health care and childcare more affordable; to build a vibrant economy; and to sustain the environment that sustains us as a community."

Dunahay, who has built multi-million companies and a large personal real estate portfolio, had never run for public office before, and brought some original ideas to the campaign, ranging from public/private partnerships to create workforce housing, to creating Citizens Against Graffiti Everywhere to help paint over and eliminate graffiti around the county. He was also working to create a dog park in Avon, and promised to donate 10 percent of his commissioner's salary to a local charity, the Vail Valley Foundation.

Dunahay was smiling and happy, even in defeat.

"I have no regrets. I've had a great time, met so many wonderful people," Dunahay said. "I congratulate Jill, and I'm hoping to work with her, Kathy and Jeanne to work on the things we've identified that will help the people of Eagle County. I plan to be more involved in the future. The election is over, but for me this is just starting."

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or rwyrick@vaildaily.com.

Eagle County Commissioner

District 1

Jill Ryan (D) 12,519

Michael Dunahay (R) 8,738

Eagle County Commissioner

District 2

Kathy Chandler-Henry (D) 11,464

Rick Beveridge (R) 9,940

Results reported at 10:20 p.m. Tuesday