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Local political parties set the lineups for November races

Mari Renzelman is the current Eagle County treasurer after her appointment following Karen Shaeffer's retirement. Renzelman is running for election this November.
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Local political races

Board of County Commissioners

District 1: Republican Randy Milhoan vs. Democrat Jill Ryan

District 2: Democrat Kathy Chandler-Henry vs. Republican Rick Beveridge

County Treasurer

Republican Mari Renzelman vs. Democrat Teak Simonton

District 26 Colorado House of Representatives

Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush vs. Republican Michael Cacioppo

EAGLE COUNTY — Local political lineups are set in stone as Republicans and Democrats rolled through their county assemblies Saturday.

Longtime locals will head the election lineup for both parties.

They look like this:

• Republican Randy Milhoan is challenging Democrat Jill Ryan.

• Republican Rick Beveridge will face Democrat Kathy Chandler-Henry.

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• Democrat Teak Simonton is challenging Republican Mari Renzelman for county treasurer.

Renzelman has been with the Treasurer’s Office for 17 years and was named treasurer following Karen Sheaffer’s retirement. Simonton is the current Eagle County Clerk and Recorder.

“I’ve have the experience, I know the law and how everything is run, and have done every facet of the job,” Renzelman said.

Simonton touted her experience and expertise.

“I enjoy finance and investments and believe I am very competent in handling money. I have the education for the financial side, the experience for the leadership side,” Simonton said.

Beveridge said he has been thinking about this for years. Like most things in life, it comes down to passion and timing. Geography kept him off the Eagle Town Board — he lives just outside the town boundaries.

“I’m not a politician. I’m a concerned citizen and I care about my community,” Beveridge said.

He talked to his wife, and when she said she thought he’d do a good job, he threw his hat in the ring.

Chandler-Henry says county government is important to the daily lives of folks who live here.

“It’s a level of government close to the people — you tend to know what people want and what they don’t want, and not only do you have to reapply for your job every four years, you get a pretty continual job evaluation by county residents,” Chandler-Henry said.

Vail Valley political watchdog Michael Cacioppo, a Republican, is challenging Democratic incumbent Diane Mitsch Bush for the House District 26 seat, which represents Eagle and Routt counties in the Colorado state Legislature.

Kill the caucuses

Both county assemblies let their voices ring out in opposition to Colorado’s arcane and antiquated caucus system.

Both local Democrats and Republicans passed resolutions demanding that caucuses be eliminated and Colorado go to a statewide presidential primary.

Many Eagle County Republicans were livid with their state party leaders when, during their caucuses earlier this month, they learned they would not be allowed to vote for a presidential candidate. Presidential delegates are assigned during the GOP’s state convention next month.

During Saturday’s Democratic county assembly, presidential vote totals reflected their March 1 caucus vote. Local Democrats buried Hillary Clinton under a Bernie Sanders landslide.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and rwyrick@vaildaily.com.

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