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No more council candidates emerge

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado - No additional City Council candidates emerged by the Monday deadline for write-in candidates to declare, leaving just a two-person race for one at-large council seat and a single ballot question to be decided by city voters on April 2.

Write-ins had until 5 p.m. Monday to declare for either the Ward 2, Ward 5 or at-large seats that are up for election this year.

Since none came forward, the at-large race between incumbent Stephen Bershenyi and challenger Lyle Beattie will likely be the only one that appears on the mail ballot that voters will be receiving in March, said Glenwood Springs City Clerk Robin Unsworth.

Incumbents Matt Steckler in Ward 2 and Leo McKinney in Ward 5 are running uncontested for their seats, and will most likely not have their names on the ballot. In that case, City Council would be asked to re-elect Steckler and McKinney by acclamation, Unsworth said.

The at-large race pits Bershenyi, a Glenwood Springs native, against Beattie, a longtime retired businessman who is seeking a return to public service after sitting on the Glenwood City Council in the 1960s.

Also on the April 2 ballot will be a question seeking authorization from city voters to sell a city-owned piece of property in the 700 block of Colorado Avenue.

Although not specified in the ballot question, city government officials intend to negotiate the sale of the property to Garfield County, which intends to build a public parking garage on the site at some point in the future.

City and county officials are currently working on details of the proposal to provide to voters in advance of the election.

The last day for qualified city residents to register to vote in the April 2 mail-ballot election is March 4, either at the Garfield County Clerk's Office in the county courthouse, on the Colorado Secretary of State's website, or at the local Division of Motor Vehicles office.

The first day for mail ballots to be sent to registered voters is March 11, Unsworth said. The election will be conducted by mail ballot only, and there will be no polling places on election day.

jstroud@postindependent.com


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