Vail Daily letter: Asking for your vote

I recently heard someone say, “Democracy demands attention,” and in these times leading up to the election, it is so true. Voters must listen closely and do some investigating to find out the truth about their candidates and the issues. I encourage voters to do their due diligence to discover each candidate’s skills, experience, priorities and vision. These are the qualities that will make a difference to our county. I hope that you will take the time to get to know me.

I have lived and worked in Eagle County for 23 years. I am married and have raised my two children here. Like many, I enjoy skiing, camping, biking, community service, friends and family. I delight in the wonderful, beautiful qualities of Eagle County.

My seven years of experience on the Eagle County School Board has well prepared me for the job of county commissioner. The school district represents families from the diverse corners of the Eagle River Valley. Through the School Board and participation on regional boards I have been able to build relationships and understand the uniqueness of each community within the county (including El Jebel/Basalt). School Board work has also provided me the experience of successfully overseeing and monitoring an organization with a budget significantly larger than the county’s with almost twice as many employees. My experience as School Board president for the past three years has afforded me the opportunity to further develop my facilitation and leadership skills. My leadership strengths are facilitating dialog, encouraging civic engagement through citizen input, policy development and policy governance, and asking the right questions. If the right questions are asked, solutions become clearer.

My service on multiple volunteer and nonprofit boards has given me perspectives on collaboration, innovation, community service and the efficient use of limited resources. Some of the organizations I am a part of are the Eagle River Youth Coalition, the Regional Early Childhood Council and Vail Rotary.

Strengthening collaborative opportunities allows our community to reach our full potential. I believe we can only address our challenges by working together. Effective communities engage all constituents: The outspoken, the quiet, the young, the aging, and the economically secure and struggling citizens. I aim to hear from everyone, ask questions, get the facts, and make informed decisions.

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I have been blessed that my career has reflected my passions. I will bring that same passion to the position of commissioner. I am your public servant and I ask for your vote.

For more information about me, my experiences and priorities, please visit my website,

Jeanne McQueeney

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