Incumbent ousted from assessor’s race
EAGLE COUNTY ” Republicans decisively chose Ed Smith over his boss, Joyce Mack, as their nominee for county assessor Tuesday.
“I’d like to say that I ran on my experience and my knowledge of the system and how it operates,” Smith said.
Smith got 808 votes, or 69 percent of the vote. Embattled incumbent Mack, who faced opposition from within her own office, received 31 percent of the vote.
“I ran a positive race, and I respect the decision of the voters,” Mack said.
Smith, 60, has worked at the assessor’s office for 19 years. He is currently a commercial property real estate appraiser for the Assessor’s Office.
“It’s just one step in the process, and hopefully I will win the general election in November,” Smith said.
Smith will face Democrat Mark Chapin in November’s election. Chapin was unopposed on the Democratic ticket Tuesday. He is a former deputy assessor for the county.
Chapin could not be reached Tuesday night.
Smith said he won’t change his campaign message for the general election, stressing his knowledge and experience.
Mack, 57, was elected county assessor in November 2002. She’s lived in Eagle County for 26 years.
Last month, a former employee said the appraisal for the home of one of Mack’s campaign contributors was decreased at Mack’s insistence. Mack said the change wasn’t made at anyone’s direction and the changes were appropriate.
The Assessor’s Office sets the taxable value of all property in the county.
Smith said he doesn’t know if it will be awkward to work under Mack for the next few months.
“I have no idea,” he said. “It’s all how she reacts to the election. She’s still the boss, so you have to follow her directions.”
Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or email@example.com.
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