Vail’s Ferry loses bid for state education seat |

Vail’s Ferry loses bid for state education seat

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado
Angelika Schroeder

VAIL, Colorado – Vail resident and Republican Kaye Ferry has lost her bid to win a seat on the State Board of Education.

Ferry, who spent most of her summer traveling through the 10 counties that make up the 2nd Congressional District, said she knew the battle would be tough when she entered the race last spring.

“I knew getting into this that it was an outrageous long shot,” Ferry said. “The only thing that would have maybe made a difference is if the Democrats wouldn’t have come out in such force.”

With 63 percent of precincts reporting as of 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Ferry had about 45 percent of the votes, compared to incumbent Angelika Schroeder’s 55 percent.

The 2nd Congressional District State Board of Education seat hasn’t been held by anyone other than a Democrat in more than 40 years. The same goes for the U.S. House of Representatives seat in the same district.

Ferry said last month that if she lost the election, it wouldn’t be for a lack of trying.

“It’s a really tough district for a Republican,” Ferry said.

Schroeder, a Boulder Democrat, has a long history in both education and public service.

She said she had butterflies on Election Day until pretty late in the evening when she felt confident she had won.

Schroeder, a Beaver Creek second-home owner, said she still has work to do on the state board and is thrilled she will have the opportunity to finish that work.

“I want to make sure we carry out the work that’s already been started,” Schroeder said Tuesday night. “I think the state has begun in a great direction (with education).”

Ferry said election results around the entire state are just “mind-boggling.”

“It looks like the whole state of Colorado is running contrary to what’s happening nationally,” Ferry said, referring to the energy within the Republican Party that Colorado seems to be lacking. “Maybe it’s the altitude – people’s brains just aren’t working in this altitude or something.”

Ferry spent Tuesday evening in Eagle with other local Republicans hoping to celebrate as many wins as the party can get.

She said she’s disappointed that the mountain communities don’t seem to have a say in the process because of the way the districting lines have been drawn.

“We have nothing to say because (Democratic) Boulder dominates the scene,” Ferry said. “There’s something wrong with the political process.”

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

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