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Woodland challenges Menconi in Eagle

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado
File photoEd Woodland

EAGLE, Colorado ” Ed Woodland has served on the Eagle town board, but now he would like to represent the town in a different role ” as mayor.

Woodland, who serves as Mayor Pro-Tem, announced that he will be running for the position on Monday, a week after County Commissioner Arn Menconi also announced his bid for the job.

Eagle Town Board member Kraige Kinney said he also considered running in the elections, which will be held April 1, but decided not to after Woodland wanted to run.

“(Woodland) and I are very similar philosophically, and that would probably split the vote. That would be too much of an opportunity for Menconi to win,” said Kinney, who will be running for re-election to the town board.

Menconi, a Democrat who has served two terms on the board of commissioners, has been a lightning rod ” deeply admired by some of his supporters and reviled by a hard-core group of opponents. Term limits prevent him from running for re-election to the mid-valley seat on the board of commissioners.

Woodland said he is a good fit for to lead Eagle because has political and business experience in the town, and he is a long-time resident.

“I know Eagle’s issues and I recognize the challenges ahead. The decisions we make together as a community in the next four years will likely define the town for the remainder of the century,” he said.

The biggest issue Eagle faces is how to deal with growth, especially as a result of Eagle River Station and Haymeadow, two yet-to-be-built developments in Eagle, he said.

He wants to encourage businesses to invest in the town, but he also wants to prevent “irresponsible development,” he said.

Town residents, business owners and other with an interest in Eagle showed policy makers what they want to see happen in the town in the Eagle Area Community Plan, guidelines based on a community survey for where the town is headed in the future, Woodland said.

Residents want to see Brush Creek protected, Eby Creek Road congestion resolved and a family-friendly environment, he said.

“Boiled down in a nutshell, people are concerned about traffic, economic development and Brush Creek preservation. I intend to take steps to deal with those things and implement that community vision,” he said.

Some residents want to keep the town small and keep businesses local, and others want to see bigger businesses move in ” but he thinks the town could thrive either way, he said.

“I’ve always been a supporter of local entrepreneurs. That’s how Eagle got its start and how it kept its middle class,” said Woodland, himself a co-owner of Nexgen Constructors, Inc., a civil construction firm in Eagle. “Bigger businesses might want to invest, but if the people don’t want it, we’ll find other solutions.”

He wants the position because he is well-suited to be a facilitator between the council and Eagle residents, said Woodland.

He would like to involve all Eagle residents, even those who do not vote or are not active in town government, in dealing with Eagle’s issues.

“Even as the town grows, I insist that citizens never stop getting individual attention, that they can still be heard by the (council members),” he said.

Woodland has lived in Eagle for 10 years with his wife and 5 children.

Staff writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 748-2928 or at mwong@vaildaily.com.

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