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Eagle-Vail voters select metro board members; two have never served before

EAGLE-VAIL — In a Tuesday, May 8, election, voters here elected three new members to the five-member Eagle-Vail Metropolitan District Board of Directors.

Voters elected Robert Finlay, Tim McGuire and Ken McCann to the board. The election will bring the board to five members from its current roster of four. Jane Ross, who was term-limited, and Kim Bell Williams are leaving following Tuesday's election. A fifth seat on the board has been unfilled for some time.

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Finlay — who earned the most votes in the election — has previously served on the board. McGuire and McCann are newcomers.

Also running for metro board seats were Albert Ewing, Jake Jacobson and Stephen Daniels. Jacobson and Daniels are current members of the Eagle-Vail Property Owners Association Board. Jacobson, Daniels and Ewing are affiliated with Eagle-Vail United, a group originally formed to fight a proposed property tax in 2015. That group helped elect Jacobson and Daniels, along with resident Judd Watts, to seats on the property owners board. The trio was re-elected to the board in February.

Eagle-Vail is in unincorporated Eagle County, so building and zoning decisions are made at the county level. The metro district handles infrastructure, recreation and maintenance. The metro district board will also be responsible for spending a 1 percent sales tax that was approved in Tuesday's election.

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If they'd been elected to the metro district board, then Jacobson and Daniels could have served on that board as well as the property owners board. That happens in other Colorado neighborhoods served by more than one special district.

'Newer voices'

Chuck Toms, the chairman of the metro district board, said Wednesday, May 9, that the makeup of the electorate could have made a difference in Tuesday's election.

Daniels noted that the property owners board has 1,447 potential voters. Of those potential voters, 578 people cast ballots in February's election. More people are eligible to vote in metro district elections. Any registered voter in Eagle-Vail can vote in metro district elections. So can property owners who own property in Eagle-Vail but are registered to vote elsewhere in Colorado.

In addition to the difference in voter pools, Toms said there may have been a desire for more diversity on the two boards.

"It sounds like we have two newer voices in (McGuire and McCann)," Toms said. "That might be what people want, too."

Daniels said the outcome of the metro district board election will allow members of that board to do "the best job possible" in that role.

Vail Daily Business Editor Scott Miller can be reached at 970-748-2930 and smiller@vaildaily.com.

How they voted

Eagle-Vail Metropolitan District Board of Directors (three elected):

• Robert Finlay: 478

• Tim McGuire: 472

• Ken McCann: 431

• Jake Jacobson: 363

• Stephen Daniels: 333

• Albert Ewing: 331

Total votes cast: 856

Vote totals are preliminary.

Source: Marchetti & Weaver, Designated Election Official for the election