Hoy still sheriff; Chapin is new assessor

J.K. Perry
Preston Utley/Vail DailyJoe Hoy was reelected to another term as Eagle County Sheriff.

EAGLE COUNTY ” Joe Hoy’s experience proved the clincher for most voters who reelected the incumbent Republican over Democrat Scott Griffin.

Hoy bested Griffin 7,241 to 5,093 votes.

“I’m glad it’s over,” Hoy said. “I’ve gone through this campaign like any other campaign and I’m glad the people placed their trust in me.”

Griffin could not be reached for comment early Wednesday morning.

The race began and ended quietly. Hoy ran on his accomplishments and Griffin vaguely poked at Hoy’s integrity. The only campaign hiccup occurred in May when it was discovered Griffin pleaded guilty to harassment stemming from a domestic dispute a decade ago. He got probation and the harassment charge has been wiped from his record.

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Some voters were relatively indifferent about the race. They said Hoy handled his job well and didn’t need to be replaced.

“I can’t think of any reason to change,” said voter Mike Connolly. “It was one of the few issues I didn’t have a strong feeling on.”

But Pavan Krueger voted against Hoy. She said the incumbent sheriff botched evidence in the sexual assault case against basketball star Kobe Bryant.

“I haven’t been impressed with Joe Hoy’s record, especially with the Kobe case,” Krueger said.

In another contested county race, assessor candidates Ed Smith and Mark Chapin ran clean campaigns ” both agreed the other man would make an excellent assessor. In the end, Democrat Chapin won the voters’ affection. He garnered 6,430 votes while Smith got 5,581.

Several other candidates ran unopposed. Clerk and recorder Teak Simonton received 10,020 votes, while Treasurer Karen Sheaffer, Coroner Kara Bettis and Surveyor Dan Corcoran got 9,555, 10,058 and 9529 votes, respectively.

Staff Writer J.K. Perry can be reached at 748-2928 or

Vail, Colorado

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