Lighter side of elections in the Vail Valley |

Lighter side of elections in the Vail Valley

Charlie Owen
Vail Valley, CO Colorado
Dominique Taylor/Vail DailyVoters line up at the electronic voting stations to cast their votes Tuesday at lunchtime at the Avon Townhall in Avon. Voter turnout started off busy and then died out through the lunch hour electoral judges in Avon said.

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado ” They’re everywhere you look; on the side of the highway, throughout residential neighborhoods, plastered to business windows and featured prominently in many a Vail Valley frontyard.

Local candidate’s campaign signs are everywhere. They can’t be escaped, they must be seen and read. But do they really affect how locals vote?

Eagle-Vail resident Corey Lamothe said she voted for Ali Hasan for state representative in House 56. She said of all the campaign signs she saw littering the street sides for the valley, his stood out the most. That’s not why she voted for him, though.

“I just think he did a great job tackling our local issues. I think that overall he ran a great campaign,” Lamothe said.

It was campaign signs for Peter Runyon, candidate for the upvalley Eagle County commissioner seat, that caught Sage Pierson’s eyes. The Minturn resident said she voted for him based on his politics, however, and not his advertisements.

She did, however, comment on who she thought would win a fist fight between John McCain’s running mate, Sarah Palin, and Barack Obama’s wife, Michelle.

“Michelle. Because she looks tough,” said Pierson, adding that Palin didn’t have what it takes to win in a fight.

Another Minturn voter, Annette Chavez, agreed with Pierson’s point of view.

“(Michelle) just looks like a tougher lady,” Chavez said.

Then, of course, there’s the issue of child care. Which candidate is more fit to babysit your children?

That could only be Obama’s vice-presidential pick Joe Biden, said Jessica Kober, who said she would trust him with her five-month-old son because, “He just seems to have that fatherly thing going on.”

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