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Eagle-Vail dumps incumbents

Sarah Mausolf
Vail, CO Colorado
Kristin Anderson/Vail DailyRandall Maddux, left, waits for his voting ballot from election judges Valerie Wolfe and Chris Ekrem on Tuesday at the Eagle-Vail Pavilion.

EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado –Voters ousted two incumbents from the Eagle-Vail Metropolitan District board in Tuesday’s election.

Three challengers won seats on the board. Real estate broker Jane Ross led with 215 votes. Steven Kirchner and Keith Odza tied with 190 votes each, winning the other two seats. Kirchner is a local property manager while Odza works in hospitality. All three winners are fulltime Eagle-Vail residents.

Fellow challenger Carl Luppens missed the cut with 174 votes. Incumbents Tom Allender and Reed Ford trailed with 150 and 131 votes, respectively.

Ross said she was thrilled and shocked to discover she was the top vote-getter.

“I’m hoping I can do a lot of good things for Eagle-Vail,” she said.

Ross said she wants to get community feedback on a past Urban Land Institute study and come up with a plan for the community.

“The big thing I want to solve is community input,” she said.

A handful of voters at the polling place said they were reading for a change. Eagle-Vail homeowner Doug Sheehy said he wanted to see some new faces on the board.

“The communication hasn’t been very good between the metro board and homeowners,” he said. “People find out about things after our funds have been appropriated to things we haven’t all agreed on.”

Eagle-Vail homeowner Kelly Pope said she was concerned about the management of the golf course and community funds.

“Yeah, we need a change,” she said. “We’re psyched about the pool but it’s been a big tax increase for us.”

A total of 399 people voted in the election. The metro district is a quasi-governmental body that oversees parks and recreation in Eagle-Vail.

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