New commissioner candidate focuses on economy
EAGLE COUNTY – A second Republican has entered the race to challenge incumbent Eagle County Commissioner Jon Stavney.Eagle resident Shayne Mitchell, 42, co-owner of Lowdermilk-Mitchell Mechanical, recently filed his candidacy documents with the Colorado Secretary of State. Mitchell first came to the valley in 2006 and has been a full-time Eagle resident since 2009. Mitchell said his business has continued to grow, even during the local economic slump.Mitchell said he’s long been active in local Republican Party politics, and was encouraged to run for the county commission by many of his friends and neighbors over the last year or so.”I think I can bring common-sense economics to the county,” Mitchell said. In particular, he said the county should be focused on bringing “industry and commerce” back to the county.”It’s all about jobs,” he said.Mitchell also criticized the current commissioners for pursuing open space purchases during the current downturn. He said he’d favor putting the county’s existing open space property tax back before voters to see if they want to continue paying it.Mitchell said the current commissioners haven’t effectively run the county’s finances through the current slump, saying that the board hasn’t “redirected or refocused” the county government’s attention on rebuilding the economy.Mitchell and Mike Beltracchi of Edwards will first have to earn the favor of local Republicans for their party’s nomination to face Stavney for the District 2 seat on the county commission. Johnie Rosenfeld and Jeff Layman, the Republican candidates for the District 1 seat, face the same road. That process begins at the party’s Feb. 7 caucus, followed by a county assembly in March. Unless one of the two men wins an overwhelming vote of support from local party activists, they’re likely to face off in a June primary election.Mitchell said he plans to talk to a lot of people during that nominating process, and will ring even more doorbells if he’s the nominee.”Taking on an incumbent is always a challenge,” Mitchell said. “But I do believe I can win.”Business Editor Scott N. Miller can be reached at 970-748-2930 or email@example.com.
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