New leaders take local Republican reins
Stone said she stepped down this week as head of the Eagle County Republicans Central Committee to concentrate on the chairmanship of the Second Congressional District.Stone, who cited persistent problems with her back, said she will stay actively involved with the Eagle County Republicans, for whom she has been instrumental in organizing and recruiting locally.According to the Eagle County Clerk & Recorder’s Office, under Stone’s tenure, Republicans grew to Eagle County’s largest political organization with 7,340 registered voters, or 37.23 percent of registered voters in the county, outnumbering the county’s 7,140 unaffiliated registered voters, which represent 36.06 percent. Democrats, by comparison, have 5,206 registered voters in Eagle County, or 26.3 percent. All in all, Eagle County has 19,798 registered voters.Ron Howell and Donald Lemon have been nominated and elected to complete the term as co-chairmen.Also resigning was Nancy Dooher as secretary of the county’s GOP. She is replaced by Eric Goldman for the remainder of the term. Ernest Elsner, a retired businessman, was elected as vice-chairman, filling a long-term vacancy.The county GOP’s regular organizational meeting is scheduled for the beginning of February.Lemon said the county Republican party has several opportunities to serve the community.”We have openings for precinct chairs and captains,” Lemon said.Lemon, a local attorney, recently managed the campaign of his wife, Heather, for Colorado House District 56. Howell is a local businessman in Avon, a former deputy sheriff and is social volunteer for the Vail Valley Foundation.”We are extremely fortunate that Henri and Nancy will stay active with the party,” Howell said. “We look forward to working closely with them and continuing their legacy.”Today, Randy Milhoan is having a Republican Party Christmas open house at the Milhoan Studio during the Minturn market from 4-7 p.m. The public is invited.