Vail Daily letter: For Van Beek |

Vail Daily letter: For Van Beek

Lisa Isom
Vail, CO, Colorado

I am writing on behalf of James Van Beek who will be running for Eagle County sheriff this fall. To be fair, I should note that James is my brother-in-law. However, before I would agree to vote for James or even collect names to get him on the ballot, I told him I needed to be convinced — just like any other Eagle County voter. I’ve had an opportunity to hear his views on everything from immigration to marijuana dispensaries and I think he has a very fair and balanced impression of the issues affecting our county. Most importantly, he has stated that his personal views don’t matter when it comes to following county/state/federal laws. The fact that he is running as an independent candidate speaks volumes to me as well. I don’t think that a person elected to enforce our county’s laws should be put in office based on party affiliation.

James has a remarkable and unique track record in law enforcement. I especially appreciate his work with the UN in Kosovo and Afghanistan. He has witnessed and participated in various forms of police training all over the world and I think he is in a position to bring “best practices” back to our valley. James speaks several languages fluently and has a love for other cultures that I think will serve him well in our world-renown resort community.

James has also shown dedication to working with youth locally through the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office when he worked there as an officer and an investigator. I think as our community grows and diversifies, it becomes more and more important to have someone in office who will create public programs that educate kids and keep them out of trouble. James has spoken to this point directly and understands how hard it can be to fund programs for youth when budgets are being cut everywhere. However, he knows there are grants available to fund new programs and he plans to get to work with his staff on a grant-writing mission once elected.

There are so many reasons to check out James van Beek before you vote in November. Regardless of your party affiliation, go to and see what he has to offer our community. See you at the ballot box this fall!

Lisa Isom

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