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New candidate sought for Eagle County commissioner race

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – County Republicans are looking for a replacement for Shayne Mitchell on the November ballot. Mitchell says he’s given up his campaign for Eagle County commissioner. But none of that is officially official yet.

Mitchell decided a few weeks ago to give up his campaign for Eagle County commissioner. The decision came following a July 15 incident at Mitchell’s home in Eagle that brought the police and, ultimately, misdemeanor charges of child abuse, third-degree assault, menacing and domestic violence following an incident involving his ex-wife and their daughter.

In comments soon after the incident, Mitchell called the charges against him “unfounded.” Still, he decided to drop out of the political race, saying his daughter “needs my undivided attention.”

Mitchell still believes he’s been wrongly accused.

“There will be a point in time for public comments,” he said. “But now I’ve got to put my efforts into righting a wrong.”

Mitchell told members of the Eagle County Republican Party about his decision to withdraw from the commissioner’s race, and that group called its vacancy committee to put another candidate on the November ballot.

County party chairwoman Kaye Ferry said she’s heard from a couple of potential candidates, and expects to make an announcement this week about Mitchell’s replacement.

“I was afraid we’d be stuck … But we have two viable candidates,” Ferry said. “Shayne hadn’t really started (campaigning) yet… I think we’ve got a good shot (at winning).”

But until Mitchell officially withdraws his candidacy, his name will remain on the ballot and the county’s party officials can’t replace him. Once that happens, whomever the party picks will end up on the ballot.

Eagle County Clerk and Recorder Teak Simonton said this fall’s ballots will be printed shortly after Labor Day. If Mitchell hasn’t officially withdrawn by then, Simonton said the ballots will be printed with his name on them.

“We have until 18 days before the election to do this, but we want to have everything done before the ballots are printed,” Ferry said.

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