Vail woman running for state school board |

Vail woman running for state school board

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL – Vocal Vail resident Kaye Ferry has made the ballot for a run at the State Board of Education – a move that even she was surprised about.

Ferry, the vice chair of the Eagle County Republican party, was officially nominated at last weekend’s Republican State Assembly.

She said there was a lot of arm-twisting involved in getting her to accept the nomination, but she’s looking forward to the election and wants to do whatever it takes to win. Ferry was the campaign manager for Beaver Creek resident Ali Hasan in his unsuccessful bid for the state House in 2008. Hasan failed to make the ballot Saturday as a candidate for state treasurer.

“Ever since I ran the Hasan campaign two years ago, I’ve been knee-deep in Republican state politics,” said Ferry, who’s also the vice chair of the Eagle County Republican party. “It’s actually pretty exciting (to be on the ballot).”

Ferry plans to start attending the monthly State Board of Education meetings starting June 3. She’s doing research in the coming weeks to determine how she’ll campaign, but said the campaign format won’t be knocking on doors.

The campaign is more about meeting with educators and the various school boards, she said, in the 10 counties that encompass the 2nd Congressional District – Adams, Broomfield, Boulder, Clear Creek, Eagle, Gilpin, Grand, Jefferson, Summit and Weld.

“Education is something that’s in real trouble in this country and certainly in the state,” Ferry said.

Randy Milhoan, chairman of the Eagle County Republican party, nominated Ferry at the assembly and thinks she has a good chance at beating incumbent Angelika Schroeder, a Democrat.

Ferry said one of the first things she’s going to suggest is to get the “show on the road,” referring to the 12 Board of Education meetings each year that are all held in Denver. Ferry wants to hold one meeting in each of the seven districts around the state so local people can see what’s going on and get more involved.

“It’s a logical start,” Ferry said.

Local Republicans are generally optimistic about their party’s chances this year. Milhoan said he’s excited about the chances of Summit County’s Debra Irvine, who is running against incumbent Christine Scanlan for House district 56 in the General Assembly, and Ken Buck, running for the U.S. Senate.

“(Debra) is an excellent candidate,” Milhoan said. “She’s a hard worker – really bright.”

Community Editor Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or

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