Ryan announces re-election bid for Eagle County office
EDWARDS — Eagle County Commissioner Jill Ryan, a Democrat, has announced her candidacy for re-election. Ryan, 47, was elected to her first term in 2012.
“I will continue my focus of the past several years,” Ryan said. “Protecting the environment and our climate, stimulating the economy, promoting affordable housing and childcare for our workforce, increasing trails and open space, improving our roadways and other infrastructure and advocating for reduced health insurance premiums will continue to be priorities.”
During her tenure as county commissioner, Ryan said she is most proud of the Castle Peak Center, an effort led by the county and a private partner to offer a continuum of care for seniors, and those in need of rehabilitation services. Other successes include the purchase of 2,345 acres of open space, with 10 miles of new trails and 1.5 river miles of fishing access; and financial support of community projects, including a future broadband tower in Red Cliff, and wider and safer road shoulders along U.S. Highway 6, which benefit cyclists and motor vehicles alike.
Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree in behavioral sciences and a master’s degree in public health. She moved to Eagle County in 2004 to accept the position of Eagle County public health manager, and continues to own and operate Silver Street Consulting, a public health and environmental consulting firm. Ryan is married to Taylor Ryan, a county engineer, and they have a 3-year-old son.
As county commissioner, Ryan currently serves as the vice president of the Colorado Board of Health, as a governor-appointed member. She is also the vice chair of the I-70 Coalition — an advocacy group working to decrease congestion on the mountain corridor — and vice chair of the state’s Intermountain Transportation Planning Region, a five-county Colorado Department of Transportation collaborative that leads long-range transportation planning and directs funding priorities.