Vail Valley voters hold varied views
Daily staff writers
Vail, CO Colorado
EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – While some local voters want change, others say there hasn’t been enough time to give change a chance.
People have different reasons for voting – some do it because it’s an American’s right, some do it because they feel they should and some do it because they’re either satisfied or unsatisfied about the way things are going, among other reasons.
“You have to vote or else you can’t complain,” said Gerard Heid, a voter from Eagle-Vail.
Heid was particularly motivated for this election because he said the country needs change. Government spending is an area that has Heid fired up.
“We can’t just keep spending money that’s not coming in,” he said.
Voters wanting change is nothing new, but some people think there hasn’t been enough time since the last election for change to happen.
Mike Rindone, president of the Stone Creek Charter School, voted in Eagle-Vail Tuesday and said people need to have more patience for change.
“People wanted change with (President) Obama, but change takes a while,” Rindone said.
Rindone said the major issue for him this election is education. He voted for U.S. Rep. Jared Polis because of Polis’ stance on education – a stance Rindone likes.
Lynnette Miscio, of Eagle-Vail, said the Democratic Party brought her to the polls Tuesday. She stands behind the party and said people who are fed up after only two years need to give it more time.
“Obama and his administration were handed a lot to deal with,” Miscio said. “Two years is too soon to see the changes.”
Kathy Morse, of Eagle-Vail, also votes the party line. She said she generally thinks Republicans are “insane.”
Morse, a former assistant attorney general in Maryland, said the statewide ballot initiatives are a big deal to her this election. She hopes voters realize the financial implications many of them, specifically Amendments 60 and 61, and Proposition 101, would bring to state and local governments.
“These people who want to cut off funding and think there’s all this fat in state and local government have no idea what it takes,” Morse said.
Eagle-Vail voter Joe Murad doesn’t think voting the party line is the way to go. He said he typically votes for some Democrats and some Republicans, depending on the candidate. He thinks party classifications and divisions are a waste of time.
“Everyone has their own views, so to classify someone as something is ridiculous,” Murad said.
There were also many passionate voters Tuesday who voted in order to keep certain people out of office or prevent certain ballot measures from passing.
Liz Stern, of Edwards, said she was voting because she didn’t want Ken Buck or Tom Tancredo to get elected. She also strongly opposes Amendment 62, the “Personhood amendment,” because she said it would “set back women’s rights 400 years.”
James Schemm, of Eagle-Vail, said keeping Buck out of office was a big reason he voted.
“It’s a no-go on that guy,” Schemm said.
Buck was the target of a series of negative advertisements that painted him as too extreme for Colorado. The Eagle County Republican Party chair Randy Milhoan said the advertisements probably hurt Buck, but many voters on Tuesday said they were ignoring the ads.
“Everybody’s lying. They take one minute thing and blow it out of proportion,” said Carol Richardson, a voter from Gypsum who would rather see money spent on political ads go toward other causes. “All that money could help the country a lot more.”
The party faithful gathered Tuesday, with Democrats coming to Fiesta’s in Edwards and Republicans going to the Dusty Boot in Eagle. Other Democrats got together at Paradigms restaurant in Eagle.
In Edwards, the crowd was a small one. County commissioners Peter Runyon and Sara Fisher were there with their respective spouses, and local Democratic party stalwart Debbie Marquez was on hand, too. Of course, she’s one of the owners of Fiesta’s.
Around 8 p.m., they were joined by Ellen Colrick and Beth Reilly and her two sons.
“I go out every election,” Reilly said. “It’s part of the democratic process.”
Colrick said she’d come out because she’s known Marquez for many years.
This year’s Democratic party gathering was more subdued than the past couple of election cycles, as Democratic representatives around the country went down to defeat.
Colrick said she didn’t expect as much enthusiasm in an off-year election.
“It’s not as big an election when you’re not voting for a president,” she said.
Commissioner Peter Runyon said he saw less enthusiasm on the streets on election day.
“I was struck by how different the atmosphere was from two years ago,” Runyon said. “I was out waving signs today in Vail, and it was just me until (State Board of Education candidate) Kaye Ferry showed up. Two years ago, there were a dozen people waving signs.”
The scene was significantly different at the Dusty Boot in Eagle. There, local Republicans were in an upbeat mood, watching state and national results while waiting for local results to roll in.
Bill Douglas said he’d come out to support Ted Archibeque, who ran for Eagle County surveyor against incumbent Dan Corcoran.
“I like to come out,” Douglas said. “It gives me a chance to share ideas with people.”
Buddy Shipley said the room at the Boot had been standing room only earlier in the evening. “People are excited hopefully to overturn what’s happened in the last two years,” he said. “And there’s a camaraderie here.”
Steve Quiring said he came to watch results because he doesn’t have TV service at home. But, he added, “You want to show your support for people.”
Community Editor Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or email@example.com.
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