Matt Scherr wins Eagle County commissioner seat vacated by Jill Ryan

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Congratulations Matt Scherr for being named Eagle County Commissioner!
Vail Valley Partnership would like to send our thanks to all who put their names forward in service to our community. We would also like to thank the selection committee for having the dubious honor of having to choose between so many qualified candidates.

EDWARDS — It took five rounds of voting, but the Eagle County Democrats selected Minturn Mayor Matt Scherr as the new Eagle County commissioner on Tuesday night.

Scherr will take his oath of office on Tuesday, Feb. 19, prior to the annual State of the County presentation.

The final round of voting gave members of the Eagle County Democrats Vacancy Committee a choice between Scherr and Elyse Howard.

Throughout the evening Scherr collected the most votes on each of the four preliminary ballots but he did not collect a simple majority until the final ballot. The “exhaustive process” dropped the lowest vote-getter on each ballot and the remaining candidates continued on the ballot.

On Tuesday night, out of 44 eligible vacancy committee members, 37 participated in person and two members from the Roaring Fork Valley participated remotely because if the rockslide in Glenwood Canyon. After each round of voting, the candidate with the fewest number of votes was dropped from the next ballot.

A candidate forum preceded the voting, which gave the prospective commissioners the opportunity to weigh in on topics ranging from health care to housing. Event moderator Jon Stavney noted all seven candidates represented the next generation of home-grown Democratic leaders. “I can already see tonight Eagle County really can’t go wrong,” he said.