Edwards wins close Republican contest | VailDaily.com

Edwards wins close Republican contest

Tom Edwards

EAGLE COUNTY ” Tom Edwards has just finished one three-person race. Now he faces another.

Edwards earned a spot on the November ballot by winning Tuesday’s Republican primary race defeating Michael Bair of Basalt and fellow Gypsum resident Hugo Benson.

In his campaign Edwards leaned heavily on his experience, both on the Gypsum Town Council and several volunteer county boards.

Asked how he’ll start the campaign for the November election, Edwards said he first wants a break.

“I’m going to take a month off and then get back to work,” he said.

Edwards said his mood about his prospects varied throughout the day. “Some hours, I was comfortable with how things went, and some I wondered. I’m just pleased to have come out on top.”

Bair said the campaign had taken its toll on him, too.

“I put my business on hold the last two months, but that’s all right,” Bair said. But, he added, he was disappointed in the turnout from Basalt.

“Of the 309 votes I got, 38 came from Basalt,” he said.

Asked if he would support Edwards in the fall campaign, Bair didn’t hesitate.

“Oh yes,” he said.

Benson said he wasn’t yet sure who he might support this fall.

“I have no idea right now,” Benson said.

“I think it was a good campaign, though,” he added. “I felt good about how it went. But it comes down to one wins and one loses.”

This will be the third straight time this commissioner’s seat will be decided in a three-way race. Tom Stone, who is nearing the end of his second term and can’t run again due to the state’s term limits laws, won in three-way races both times.

Asked for the key to winning a three-way campaign, Stone said the answer is fairly simple. “You have to represent the majority of people, and don’t represent either of the extremes,” Stone said.

Asked who he might support in the November election, Stone said he hadn’t decided yet.

“I’ll most likely support the Republican nominee,” he said. “I would like to see someone replace me who can offer a dissenting opinion on the board.”

Asked what he expected from a three-way race in the fall, Edwards said he expected a tough run.

“But I thought this campaign was tough, too.”

Staff Writer Scott N. Miller can be reached at 748-2930, or smiller@vaildaily.com.

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