Eagle County Democrats convene to choose new commissioner
EDWARDS — With its vacancy committee numbering nearly 50 people, the Eagle County Democrats didn’t mess around tonight when it came to conducting the process to choose a new county commissioner.
The committee members — which includes elected officials, party officers and precinct officials — got a two-minute warning that the meeting would start promptly at 5:30 p.m. and by 5:35, the action was under way.
For the first part of the meeting, the candidates will answer a series of questions touching on issues ranging from health care to housing. After the candidate forum is concluded, the committee members will start voting.
Even before the voting started, one candidate was out of the running. Earlier today Albert Ewing, a longtime resident of Eagle-Vail and the president of Ewing Engineering, withdrew his name from consideration. The remaining seven candidates are:
Megan Gilman: Since 2011, Gilman has been a member of the Holy Cross Energy Board of Directors. For the past seven years, she has also served as the Holy Cross Energy representative for the Colorado Rural Electric Association Board of Directors.
Dylan Heaney: An area manager for Beaver Creek Resort, Heaney has also worked various roles for Vail Resorts retail operations since 2007. He is a Vail Mountain Rescue volunteer and a member of the Vail Resorts Epic Promise Committee.
Elyse Howard: Since 2005, Howard has been the director of development for Habitat for Humanity Vail Valley. She formerly worked for the Vail Valley Chamber & Tourism Bureau and for the 2002 Colorado Democratic Coordinated Campaign.
Kim Langmaid: Currently a member of the Vail Town Council, Langmaid is the founder of Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon. Since the center’s inception in 1997, she has worked various management positions and she is currently the vice president and director of sustainability programs for Walking Mountains.
Meighen Lovelace: As the operator of Mountain Harvest Consulting, Lovelace has worked with Live Well Colorado, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, National Farmers Union and the Colorado Health Foundation on numerous state and federal policy initiatives.
Claire Noble: Currently serving as the program manager for the Vail Symposium, Noble is also a co-host of Good Morning Vail on TV8 and a contributing writer for the Vail Daily. She is a former U.S. Air Force officer who has worked as a trainer, designer and instructor.
Matt Scherr: Currently serving as mayor for the town of Minturn. Since 2012, Scherr has operated Leff Field Solutions, a small organization consulting firm. From 2004 to 2012 he was the executive director of the Eagle Valley Alliances for Sustainability.
The graduates of Vail Mountain School’s class of 2019 will be off to far-flung destinations next fall, set to enter college in one of 16 different states or explore the world on a gap year. One grad is even attending college in Canada.