Fisher wins nomination easily
GYPSUM – One down, one to go.
Democratic candidate for Eagle County commissioner Sara Fisher cleared her first hurdle Tuesday winning in a landslide against Democratic challenger Mike Lederhause.
Now she’ll go up against Republican Tom Edwards and independent candidate Roger Brown for the seat being vacated by Republican Tom Stone.
“I feel very complimented that the folks got out and voted and that they saw it in my favor,” she said. “I felt fairly confident because of the feedback around the county. My biggest concern was that people wouldn’t turnout.”
Voters didn’t turn up in droves, but enough showed up to allow Fisher a healthy win collecting 513 votes, while retired police officer Lederhause received 170. Lederhause, 64, declined to comment.
“Ten percent of registered voters turned out, and that’s the norm,” said Fisher, af ormer Eagle County clerk and recorder. “That’s the way it’s been for as long as I can remember. I think my experience Eagle County helped.”
With the primaries behind her, Fisher said she’s ready to launch a more focused campaign in which she will concentrate on housing, transportation and social infrastructure such assisted living for senior citizens and a possible day care/preschool tax.
“I’m not going into this like I’m running against anyone,” she said. “I’m simply running for the position.”
As an Eagle County resident of nearly 30 years and a woman, Fisher thinks she will bring a unique, empathetic perspective to the Board of County Commissioners.
“I have a real and incredible passion for Eagle County,” Fisher said. “I moved here when I was 21. I’m part of the working class. I came as a seasonal employee and worked my way into better positions. I’ve experienced almost every lifestyle, and I can help people realize the American dream.”
Fisher said her Spanish-speaking abilities and time spent living among other cultures helps her understand the county’s Hispanic population.
“We don’t want to overlook any of the people who make this place a great place to live,” said the Gypsum resident.
Though an entirely Democratic Board of County Commissioners may not sit well with some ” Arn Menconi and Peter Runyon are also Democrats ” Fisher believes party affiliation is inconsequential.
“I don’t think that partisan politics plays a very important role in the county level,” she said. “It gets in the way of good business. I’m a former Republican. I grew up in Republican household, and I think I’m a nice solid middle ground.”
Staff Writer Nicole Frey can be reached at 748-2927 or firstname.lastname@example.org.