Kathy Chandler-Henry launches re-election bid
EAGLE COUNTY — Kathy Chandler-Henry has announced her bid for re-election as Eagle County Commissioner, District 2.
Chandler-Henry was appointed to her current position in early 2013 after former commissioner Jon Stavney resigned to accept the job as Eagle Town Manager. Chandler-Henry successfully ran for election in 2014 to finish the four-year term to which Stavney was elected in 2012. If elected this year, then Chandler-Henry will serve a four-year term.
In an emailed statement, Chandler-Henry said one of Eagle County’s strengths is the diverse mix of people who call this part of the country home.
“We have such talent, creativity and innovation in our valleys,” she wrote. “People who have called Eagle County home for generations, along with those who have settled here from around the world value our natural beauty and our independent spirit.”
Accomplished Community Member
Chandler-Henry graduated from Eagle Valley High School, and went on to earn an undergraduate degree at Fort Lewis College and graduate degrees at Duke University. A career at Colorado Mountain College included directing senior citizen programs, creating and managing the first Institutional Research Office and teaching classes to students of all ages. She helped found the local chapter of United Way, and has served on community boards including the Eagle River Watershed Council, Buddy Werner and Habitat for Humanity.
Chandler-Henry operated her own small business, Black Diamond Research, consulting in data analysis, survey research, facilitation and strategic planning. She and her husband George own and operate Brush Creek Electric, Inc.
In her candidacy announcement Chandler-Henry wrote that her focus on the residents in the county’s communities shows up in her care for seniors.
“She is extremely knowledgeable and caring about the issues affecting Eagle County’s residents,” Eagle resident Kay Delanoy wrote. “As a senior citizen, I am particularly grateful for her attention to the needs that come with aging. She realizes that the longer one can remain self-sufficient, the better for the whole community, and she has worked toward that end.”
Chandler-Henry’s statement said she is proud of the work she has done to advocate for Western slope water. She serves as the county’s representative to the Colorado River Basin Roundtable, the Ruedi Water and Power Authority, and the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments’ Water Quality/Quantity Committee.
“Protecting this vital natural resource that provides the lifeblood for our economy in both winter and summer is a job that requires constant vigilance,” Chandler-Henry wrote. “Our rivers not only connect our communities, they sustain our quality of life in the mountains.”
‘Commissioners are Hearing us’
Chandler-Henry wrote she is working to address issues including affordable housing, health care and economic diversity. The key to solving these challenging issues lies in collaboration and community engagement.
“For the first time in 25 years of living in Basalt, I feel the Eagle County Commissioners are hearing us on this side of the county,” Cathy Click, co-owner of Cafe Bernard in Basalt, wrote. “Kathy Chandler-Henry has made it a priority to come to the Roaring Fork Valley and engage with constituents.”
Chandler-Henry lives with her husband in unincorporated Eagle County. She has two children, Zach and Hilary, who both graduated from Eagle Valley High School, and feels very fortunate that her 89-year-old mom lives across the street at Golden Eagle Senior Housing.