From the Vail Daily:
Kathy Chandler-Henry Announces Re-Election Bid
Kathy Chandler-Henry, of Eagle, Colorado, announced her bid for re-election as Eagle County Commissioner, District 2.
One of Eagle County’s unique strengths, according to Chandler-Henry, is the diverse mix of people who call this beautiful part of the country home. “We have such talent, creativity and innovation in our valleys,” said Chandler-Henry. “People who have called Eagle County home for generations along with those who have settled here from around the world value our natural beauty and our independent spirit.”
It’s those values that inspire Chandler-Henry to work for Eagle County’s citizens. She graduated from Eagle Valley High School, and went on to earn degrees at Fort Lewis College (BA) and Duke University (MA, MHA). A career at Colorado Mountain College included directing Senior Citizen programs, creating and managing the first Institutional Research Office, and teaching classes to students of all ages. She is a long-time community advocate, having helped found United Way, and serving on Boards such as the Eagle River Watershed Council, Buddy Werner and Habitat for Humanity.
Ms. Chandler-Henry operated her own small business, Black Diamond Research, consulting in data analysis, survey research, facilitation and strategic planning. She and her husband George own and operate Brush Creek Electric, Inc.
Commissioner Chandler-Henry’s focus on the residents in the County’s communities shows up in her care for seniors. According to Kay Delanoy, Eagle resident, “She is extremely knowledgeable and caring about the issues affecting Eagle County’s residents. As a senior citizen, I am particularly grateful for her attention to the needs that come with aging. She realizes that the longer one can remain self-sufficient, the better for the whole community, and she has worked toward that end.” The Castle Peak Senior Community, the result of the hard work of many community residents including Chandler-Henry, will open its doors this fall with 64 beds and will provide 60 new jobs in the County.
Chandler-Henry is proud of the work she has done to advocate for Western slope water. She serves as the County’s representative to the Colorado River Basin Roundtable, the Ruedi Water and Power Authority, and the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments’ Water Quality/Quantity Committee (QQ). “Protecting this vital natural resource that provides the lifeblood for our economy in both winter and summer is a job that requires constant vigilance,” says Ms. Chandler-Henry. “Our rivers not only connect our communities; they sustain our quality of life in the mountains.”
Commissioner Chandler-Henry is working to address critical issues such as affordable housing, health care, and economic diversity. The key to solving these challenging issues lies in collaboration and community engagement, Chandler-Henry believes. To that end, she works with local, state and national partners. “Kathy has been an integral part of the coalition of Resort County Commissioners to advocate for affordable health care for our mountain region,” says Summit County Commissioner Dan Gibbs.
Meeting residents throughout the County has been a priority throughout Chandler-Henry’s tenure as a County Commissioner. “Ski with the Electeds” days and regular “Coffee Talks” are examples of outreach efforts. Cathy Click, who with her husband owns Café Bernard in Basalt, says “For the first time in 25 years of living in Basalt, I feel the Eagle County Commissioners are hearing us on this side of the county. Kathy Chandler-Henry has made it a priority to come to the Roaring Fork Valley and engage with constituents on issues of concern such as affordable housing, child-care, climate change, and more.”
Commissioner Chandler-Henry lives with her husband in unincorporated Eagle County, where they have a garden and raise chickens. She has two children, Zach and Hilary, who both graduated from Eagle Valley High School, and feels very fortunate that her 89-year-old mom lives across the street at Golden Eagle Senior Housing.