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Vail Daily letter: Supports Hoy for sheriff

Heather Rawlings
Vail, CO, Colorado

As a lifelong resident of the Vail Valley, I follow our political races carefully. Particularly interesting are the letters to the local newspapers in support of one candidate or another.

Sheriff Joe Hoy is an effective leader, a leader who is not afraid to make the difficult decisions that need to be made in a time when our valley is changing.

In times such as these, it’s important to realize that when you have to make these kinds of touch choices, you’re going to alienate people. A good leader is not afraid to take that risk for the greater good.

District Attorney Mark Hurlburt notes that “while keeping his budget in check, and this year cutting it severely, Joe and the Sheriff’s Office have kept the people, homes and streets of Eagle County safe.” He has done this by being open to new ideas, training his staff in emergent techniques and technologies and by being completely dedicated to his job.

The Eagle County fire chiefs’ endorsement notes that “when Sheriff Hoy was elected, we experienced a new level of leadership.” Sheriff Hoy also has the endorsements of the sheriffs of our neighboring counties, attorneys and local citizens.

I have seen many letters in support of James Van Beek for sheriff, letters from citizens living abroad, some citizens living here, a former Eagle County sheriff and even an English constable. While rallying political support from diverse sources is certainly impressive, more impressive is someone that can garner endorsements from the people with whom he works, from both sides of the political aisle. You can see these endorsements on Sheriff Hoy’s website,

We are fortunate to have two men running for sheriff who are veterans of our military and who are both men of character.

What tips the balance in Sheriff Hoy’s favor is his experience in office and his record of bipartisan cooperation. We can’t afford to provide on-the-job training to someone who hasn’t been here for the past 10 years.

While Mr. Van Beek has served our country admirably for the past 10 years, Sheriff Hoy has been here – serving the citizens of Eagle County, adapting to our changing economy, our changing population and our changing world.

Ronald Bruce, the sheriff of Hinsdale County, summed it up better than I could: “Sheriff Hoy is a shining example of the professional law enforcement executive.” Re-elect Sheriff Hoy.

Heather Rawlings

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