Vail Valley Voices: I’ll work hard for you |

Vail Valley Voices: I’ll work hard for you

Millie Hamner
Vail, CO, Colorado

In December, I had the honor of being appointed to fill state Rep. Christine Scanlan’s seat in the Colorado Legislature representing Eagle, Lake and Summit counties. I am looking forward to working hard in our counties and in Denver to continue the great work of Rep. Scanlan and her predecessor, Dan Gibbs, in addressing issues of concern to our region.

Since my appointment, I have retired from my position as superintendent of schools for the Summit County School District and have been getting up to speed on issues that affect the lives of the 93,000 citizens of House District 56.

With 33 years of service to public education in both Eagle and Summit counties over the past three decades, providing high-quality education is clearly of great concern to me and to our counties.

A big challenge will be figuring out how to provide adequate funding for these services in each of our counties, given the state’s budget crisis. I won’t pretend to have answers to all of these challenges, but I will work hard with others who have begun to tackle them to find solutions that work for us.

Public education is my passion, but I am also greatly concerned about the many issues facing our district.

Having been appointed to the Transportation Committee, I am eager to get involved in solutions for the Interstate 70 corridor that result in a more safe and pleasant experience for all travelers using this major gateway to and from our resorts and through Eagle and Summit counties.

Having fulfilled a life dream of living in Colorado’s high country, I am fully committed to sustaining our forests and preserving our beautiful, natural environment into the future.

The bark-beetle devastation poses an incredible threat to our environment and our quality of life, and I’m committed to being actively involved in tackling these important issues.

The challenges of adequately funding public education and public services, of figuring out what to do about the I-70 corridor and of protecting and preserving our environment are issues that affect all of us in Eagle, Lake and Summit counties.

These challenges are not partisan issues but are issues that we must work together to address. I look forward to listening to the concerns of our residents about these and other important matters and to representing you well at the capitol.

I am deeply interested in listening to the concerns of the residents of Eagle, Lake and Summit counties, so that I can do my very best in representing your interests in the Legislature.

I hope that you participate in one of the town hall meetings scheduled in each county on Saturday and that you keep me informed about what’s on your mind by contacting me.

Summit County resident Millie Hamner represents Eagle County in the state House of Representatives. She can be reached at 303-866-2952 or by e-mail at

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