Why I’m sticking with Eagle

As many of you know, I had thrown my hat into the ring for the open seat of Eagle County commissioner vacated by Jon Stavney.

After serious introspection and deliberation with my family, friends, and advisors, I have determined that it is not in my best interest, Eagle County’s, or the town of Eagle’s to pursue the vacancy.

There are many reasons which led to this decision but, perhaps, the most important is that I feel very strongly about keeping my current commitment to the town of Eagle as mayor. I have thought long and hard about the promises I made to the people of the town of Eagle. I feel that I need more time to finish what I have started.

I am extremely excited about the direction that the town is Eagle is moving and am constantly encouraged by the positive energy that seems to be enveloping our community.

I am excited about the recent success of the Eagle Outside Festival, the Firebird bike race, the new Haymeadow Trail, the upcoming Eby Creek Road project, the rebirth of the Eagle Chamber, the new town manager hire, better collaboration with both the county and with our neighboring town of Gypsum and the upcoming 2013 State High School Mountain Bike Championship race.

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I have had a hand in each of these efforts, and it simply does not sit well with me to move on from my current role with so many unfinished projects under way.

I believe that the vacancy committee is doing very good work serving their role to find a new commissioner. The candidates are very well qualified and it will not be easy to select the right person to fill Stavney’s shoes. The pool of candidates is strong and that is a very good thing for Eagle County.

If given the opportunity, I would still consider a run for county commissioner in the future. Public service is something that I enjoy and have found rewarding. The timing is simply not right now.

I thank all those who supported me and encouraged me to throw my hat into the ring for Eagle County commissioner. I am excited and honored to continue to lead the town of Eagle toward its bright future.

Yuri Kostick is the mayor of Eagle.

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