Voters choose Fisher for commissioner |

Voters choose Fisher for commissioner

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EAGLE, Colorado – Sara Fisher survived a strong challenge from challenger Claudia Alexander on Tuesday to win a second term as Eagle County commissioner.

As the votes were counted through the evening, Fisher maintained a relatively constant lead of 55 to 45 percent. With as many as 300 ballots left to count, the tally was 7,752-6,169.

Fisher ran for a second term this year despite suffering a brain aneurysm in December of last year. She was back at work by late January, and said it took a lot thought and prayer before she announced in late winter she would seek a second term.

Fisher said this campaign was significantly different than her first run for the commissioner’s job in 2006.

“The experience was more pleasant four years ago,” Fisher said. “There were three of us running, and I think we all took a lot of time to research all the issues.”

But Fisher added that the 2006 campaign was for an open seat.

“We were able to focus on ourselves instead of focusing on the other person.”

But, Fisher said, this campaign was still a good experience for her. She said she committed early on to maintaining her health, and ran as low-key a campaign as possible with her husband, Bill.

“We’d planned it as pretty much a two-person show,” she said.

Fisher said her plans for the future include a several-day trip to Santa Fe, but said she’d be back at work at Monday’s commissioner meeting.

“I’d have done that no matter which way the vote went,” she said.

“But we might have extended our Christmas trip if she lost,” Bill Fisher said.

Before all the votes were counted, Alexander pondered the possibility of a loss, and said she had no regrets about her first run for public office.

“I’ve had a great time,” Alexander said. “I made a lot of new friends.

“There were no polls, of course, but I had a lot of great feedback,” she added.

Alexander decided last year to run for commissioner when she was managing the Golden Eagle senior apartments in Eagle. Alexander later had to resign from that job when the county attorney’s office determined that she was in violation of the Hatch Act, a federal law dating back to the 1930s that prohibits anyone managing federal funds from running for local office.

Alexander’s campaign was based in large part on her experience as an Eagle County employee, and she had promised to “empower” employees. She also campaigned on finding more efficiencies in county government. While the county has cut millions from its 2010 and 2011 budgets, Alexander claimed there were still more savings to be found.

Looking forward to a second term, Fisher said she planned to continue doing business as usual with fellow commissioners Peter Runyon and Jon Stavney.

“I’d like to thank everyone who cast votes in my favor,” Fisher said. “It’s reassuring to have their support and I’ll continue to support them – even those who didn’t vote for me.”

Incumbent County Surveyor Dan Corcoran, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Ted Archibeque were locked in a tight battle as of Wednesday morning.

Corcoran had 6,567 votes and Archibeque had 6,400 votes, with about 300 ballots left to be counted.

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