Locals welcome appeal of re-districting case
EAGLE COUNTY – Judges and lawyers in Denver may bring together the county’s Democrats and Republicans.
Republicans in Douglas County announced Wednesday they would appeal a judicial decision last week that re-drew the state’s congressional districts. That ruling, by Denver District Judge Robert Hyatt, favored the state’s Democrats.
But the map has split Eagle County into two districts – the second, represented by Boulder Democrat Jared Polis, and the third, represented by Cortez Republican Scott Tipton. The map has done more than split the county; it’s also split neighborhoods, particularly Eagle-Vail.
That move has angered members of both parties locally. And the appeal of Hyatt’s decision may bring at least a message of support from the Eagle County Commissioners, all of whom are Democrats.
While the commissioners haven’t decided to ask county attorney Bryan Treu to file what’s known as an “amicus brief” in support of the appeal, Commissioner Jon Stavney said they will talk about it.
“We want to tread lightly on the questions about the balance of power in the state, or competitive districts,” Stavney said. “Our interest is exclusively on not dividing the county.”
That division would make it harder to work with federal representatives, for both local officials and residents alike, Stavney said.
Kaye Ferry, chairwoman of the county’s Republican Party, said Wednesday’s challenge was spurred by a Tuesday state supreme court decision regarding district boundaries for districts in the Colorado Legislature. That map also split the Eagle River Valley into two districts between Eagle and Gypsum.
Ferry said local Republicans are “thrilled” with the challenge to the congressional map.
“We all just hope the end result is that Eagle County will remain intact,” she said.