Republicans choose Hoy in primary | VailDaily.com

Republicans choose Hoy in primary

Lauren Glendenning
lglendenning@vaildaily.com
Vail, CO Colorado

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EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – Eagle County Republican voters want incumbent Sheriff Joe Hoy to represent the party on the November ballot.

Eagle County Clerk and Recorder Teak Simonton announced unofficial election results around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, with Hoy ahead of Republican challenger Charles Wolf by 257 votes.

Wolf wouldn’t concede Tuesday night and declined to comment – he said he would wait for official election results to be announced.

Wolf, also a deputy with the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, challenged his boss in the Republican primary on issues such as drunk driving and the county jail – Wolf thought Hoy’s policies have been too lenient.

Hoy, who joined the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office in the late 1980s, ran for sheriff in 2002. Then-sheriff A.J. Johnson had reached his term limit, which is why Hoy ran for the seat. He told the Vail Daily last week that he never would have considered challenging his boss, as Wolf has done.

“I’ve taken the high road, trying to keep everyone focused and trying to help them understand that Mr. Wolf, by law, has the right to do this,” Hoy said. “But is it the right way to do it?”

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Hoy said he was enjoying the moment Tuesday night just before 9 p.m., when he was ahead of Wolf by more votes than remained to be counted.

“I felt confident I would win in the primary,” Hoy said. “I think we did a good job.”

Hoy said it’s a big sigh of relief to win the primary, and there’s still a “loyalty issue” lingering at the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.

“When you raise your hand in the air and swear an oath, that means a lot to me and I depend on people to support me,” Hoy said. “If (my staff members) do have an issue, I expect them to come to me and talk to me about it. Wolf has not done that.”

Hoy takes the race against unaffiliated candidate James van Beek seriously and remains focused to win in November.

“It’s going to be a challenge like anything else,” Hoy said.

Hoy is not finished serving Eagle County, he said. He wants to tackle the ongoing budget problems and thinks he’s the right man for the job.

“There are a lot of things I need to do for the organization and for the community,” Hoy said. “The biggest challenge right now is dealing with the budget and making sure we can provide the best service for the community.”

Simonton said that while voter turnout, at about 27 percent, is the best it has ever been in an Eagle County primary, it’s still a very low voter turnout considering the number of ballots that went out. The Clerk and Recorder’s Office sent out about 17,000 ballots and received about 4,700.

Community Editor Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or lglendenning@vaildaily.com.