Dems sweep Eagle County board of commissioners again |

Dems sweep Eagle County board of commissioners again

Melanie Wong
Eagle County, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” Local Democrats edged out Republican candidates in the county commissioners races by fairly close margins, according to final counts that came in early Wednesday morning.

Former Eagle mayor Jon Stavney, a project manager for Beck Building Company, defeated former Republican Avon town councilwoman Debbie Buckley by about 1,200 votes for the seat vacated by term-limited Democrat Arn Menconi.

“I’m really excited to have this opportunity to serve the community with my full efforts,” Stavney said.

By a closer margin, incumbent Peter Runyon edged out former commissioner and Republican Dick Gustafson for the upvalley seat by about 500 votes.

That means the three-person county commission board will once again be all-Democrat.

More than 19,500 Eagle County residents, about 82 percent of registered voters, voted in the county commissioner races.

“I am honored that the citizens of Eagle County chose me to be commissioner for another four years,” said Runyon, an Edwards resident and owner of a postcard and souvenir business. “I hope to fulfill their hope in me.”

He said that Gustafson’s and Buckley’s criticism of county spending and increased property taxes during the campaign made him see how important the economic situation is to voters.

“My record was distorted a bit (during the campaign), but it was an important message and one that I will take to heart,” he said. “There is no doubt that we’re going into difficult economic times and we need to be conservative.”

Gustafson, a Vail resident and former commissioner, had no comment on the race other than to thank his voters and campaign team.

“I’d like to thank all the folks who voted for me and worked for me,” he said. “They did a yeoman effort, and I very much appreciate every thing they did.”

Stavney officially acknowledged the win, saying that the next two months until he takes office in January will be a time to learn about the job.

“I want to make it a smooth transition in. I know there’s a lot to learn and study. I’m excited to be a student,” he said.

Buckley could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.

Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 970-748-2928 or

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