Sheriff race quiet for now
EAGLE COUNTY – With the primaries decided, the campaigns for Eagle County Sheriff remain hushed for the moment as both candidates focus their messages for the upcoming election season.
The race, which voters will decide Nov. 7, is between incumbent Republican Joe Hoy and Democrat and former deputy Scott Griffin.Hoy plans to campaign on his accomplishments during four years in office.Hoy intends to focus on his development of a list of sex offenders on the Eagle County Web site and a program to battle sexual predators online. Hoy said he also plans to propose to the county a “drug interdiction traffic division” to curb the amount drugs on county roads. He says he’ll step up his campaign in the near future, although he wouldn’t say when.”Basically what I’ll start doing is mostly getting some print material in the newspaper and on the radio,” Hoy said, adding he aims to meet with rotary clubs and other community groups.
Griffin has concentrated on letting people know who he is and what he can offer as sheriff, something he plans to continue along with periodic statements in local media, he said. His message centers on “A common sense and respectable direction for law enforcement; establishing an effective working department that interacts productively with its members and citizens; and providing honesty and determination to do what is right for Eagle County citizens,” he said.Neither candidate is planning a smear campaign at the moment. “I’m not going to worry about him,” Hoy said. “I’m going to run my own campaign. What he does he does. If he bashes me, he bashes me, but I don’t intend to bash back.”Griffin said he also won’t attack.
“I have no plans to attack my opponent and I believe any statements of why I should be elected over my opponent will not be construed as anything other than the facts to the best of my knowledge,” Griffin said.Hoy leads Griffin significantly in campaign donations. As of July 30, the Committee to Re-elect Joe Hoy had raised $8,570 and had $7,325.63 on hand, while Griffin reported raising no money, according to Colorado Secretary of State records.”I’ve been fundraising since probably late April,” Hoy said. “What I’ve been doing is sending out letters to associates or friends and basically asking them for donations. Some of them have been very generous.”The most generous donations were $2,000 from Edwards resident Liza Huzella and $1,000 from Don and Georgia Gogel of New York, according to the records.While Hoy plans continued fundraising, Griffin has no fundraising efforts on tap for now.
“I am not planning any formal fundraising at this time,” Griffin said.Staff Writer J.K. Perry can be reached at 748-2928 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Vail, Colorado
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