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Sara Fisher

Caramie Schnell
Dominique Taylor/The Vail TrailSara Fisher is a resourceful women so when she and her husband decided they could use a beach in the back yard of their Gypsum home they found the will and the way to make it happen.

“Fish for Commish” reads the sign outside Route 6 Cafe in Eagle-Vail. The candidate is Sara Fisher, the Democratic contender for county commissioner, who took time off from knocking on doors to have pancakes there with me this week. The Trail came up with a few, very serious questions for her. Look for even more serious profiles of the other county commissioner candidates in coming weeks.

Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” or Peter O’Toole’s “The Impossible Dream” from Man of La Mancha, which my brother always used to say should have been my theme song.

There have been so many. It’s kind of a bit of a story … My husband and I had invited a friend to dinner, it was her birthday. I woke up at 5:30 in the morning and called City Market bakery to order a cake and said I’d pick it up on my way home from this gathering I was attending in Beaver Creek. So I left Beaver Creek, went to City Market in Avon and went to the bakery and asked for the cake. They’d never heard of me. I was exhausted. And the poor girl at the counter, I just laid into her. And so she went and got her supervisor. She came over and I didn’t stop. I laid her out as well. I was huffing around and I was so obnoxious. The gal said ‘Are you sure it was this City Market?’ This was 15 years ago. I said ‘Of course, this is the only City Market in the valley.’ She said ‘Can we offer you another cake?’ I said ‘No’ and stormed out. I was driving home and I keep hearing ‘Are you sure it was this City Market?’ I get home and push redial on my telephone and they answer and say, ‘Good afternoon, Glenwood Springs City Market.’ I called back to City Market in Avon and asked for the supervisor. I said, ‘remember that woman who was in your shop about an hour ago screaming bloody murder, who was totally out of control and incredibly rude?’ She said, ‘yes.’ I said, ‘this is her, I’m calling to apologize. You were absolutely right. Can you please tell the clerk how sorry I am?’ And I said, ‘the good news is, you can rest assured that you’re not going to see me anytime in the near future because there’s no way I’ll come back until I’ve changed my appearance.’ There are a couple others I probably shouldn’t talk about.

Well since 1990 … I mostly drink decaf coffee. But I think my drink of choice would be an Arnie Palmer. Not that I don’t like a lot of the other ones, but I found over the years the mix isn’t the best thing for me.

Actually mine is probably sunbathing. I’m a bit of sun worshipper. But it’s real healthy for me, not from a cancer standpoint, but for vitamin D.

Boy, that’s a good one. There are a lot of people I would have been honored to know but for me it would have been my grandfather on my mother’s side. He passed away before I was born. Many people growing up would say, ‘you are so much like your grandfather.’ He was a real pioneer in many ways … He was not a big man at all but he carried a real punch and had a real presence. He was a bit full of himself as well. All qualities I think I share. I understand him to be a very interesting man who wasn’t without his faults. Somebody else I would have liked to know is Cesar Chavez. Someone who was so willing to step up for people’s causes and try to find solutions for people to have better lives.

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