McQueeney launches bid for second term as commissioner
EAGLE — Eagle County Commissioner Jeanne McQueeney on Tuesday, Jan. 23 announced her intent to run for a second term on the board McQueeney represents Commissioner District 3, which includes Gypsum and the Roaring Fork Valley. Commissioners are elected by all county voters.
McQueeney made the announcement between meetings of the Regional Colorado Workforce Board and the Housing and Development Authority Board.
“I can’t think of a more relevant place to announce my re-election than a Workforce Board meeting,” McQueeney said. “Supporting Eagle County’s workforce represents a cornerstone for my efforts as commissioner.”
McQueeney was elected in 2014 and took office in January of 2015. McQueeney represents Eagle County on the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments, the Regional Colorado Workforce board, the Eagle County Regional Transportation Authority, and the Golden Eagle Elderly Housing Corporation. McQueeney also serves as the vice-chair of the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority and in 2016 was appointed to the Early Childhood Leadership Commission by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper.
“If you’re watching the national news one may believe that your elected officials are not able to get anything done,” McQueeney said. “This is not true in Eagle County. Over the past three years a lot has been accomplished including the development of a strategic plan with a mission of creating a better eagle county for all.”
Eagle County’s currently has a 2.4 percent unemployment rate, with over 1,200 units of workforce housing units approved throughout the county. County revenues since 2015 have grown 11. 5 percent.
During her announcement, McQueeney discussed the work of the Climate Action Collaborative and Eagle County government’s success in reducing internal emissions by over 20 percent since 2012, saving the county over $350,000 annually. In addition, McQueeney highlighted the successful opening of the Castle Peak Senior Center. In 2017, its first year in operation, the Castle Peak Senior and Rehab Center served 103 residents and is currently 73 percent occupied.
McQueeney has a master’s degree in early childhood special education and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. McQueeney’s career includes seven years on the Eagle County School Board, 13 years teaching and seven years providing technical assistance to early childhood programs. She was the founder and executive director of Early Childhood Partners, a nonprofit serving he county’s early childhood community. For more information go to http://www.jeannemcqueeney.org.