GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado - City voters will have a chance to get to know the personalities and positions behind the names on the ballot they received in the mail this week, at today's Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association Issues & Answers forum.The forum, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Glenwood Springs City Hall, will include an introduction and question-and-answer session with the two candidates running for an at-large City Council seat, incumbent Stephen Bershenyi and challenger Lyle Beattie.Garfield County Manager Andrew Gorgey will also give an explanation and answer questions about the single ballot question that voters will be deciding in the April 2 city election.The question seeks voter permission for the city government to sell a piece of property in the 700 block of Colorado Avenue that is currently used as part of a larger surface parking lot.The city is considering selling the property to Garfield County, which is making plans to eventually combine it with adjacent county-owned parcels for a multi-level public parking structure.A specific design has not been decided at this point. Gorgey will talk about the conceptual plans being considered to provide more parking that would serve not only county government and 9th Judicial District court functions, but the western side of the downtown area in general.In the lone City Council race, Bershenyi is seeking a second four-year term as one of two at-large councilors on the seven-member city governing board. He faces Beattie, a former Glenwood mayor and council member in the 1960s.Two other incumbent councilors from specific wards who are up for re-election, current mayor Matt Steckler in Ward 2 and Leo McKinney in Ward 5, were uncontested in their re-election bids. Their names do not appear on the April 2 ballot. Bershenyi, 65, is a Glenwood Springs native and works as a blacksmith and school bus driver. He made an unsuccessful bid for Garfield County commissioner in 2008 before running uncontested for his at-large City Council seat in April 2009.He was elected by acclamation that year along with McKinney and Steckler, who were also unopposed four years ago.Beattie, 89, first moved to Glenwood Springs from Boulder in 1953 and was co-owner of L-P Gas and Appliance Co. with his late brother, Hal, until the mid-1990s. Beattie served for six years on Glenwood Springs City Council in the 1960s, including two years as mayor. He left after retiring and spent 16 years in Arizona, but returned last year to be closer to his four grown children and their families.At the forum this evening, each candidate will give an introduction and answer prepared questions that have been submitted beforehand, followed by a closing statement.The April 2 election will be conducted by mail ballot only, and there will be no polling places on election day. The voter registration deadline has passed. Anyone registered to vote within city limits who did not receive a ballot should contact the city clerk's office, at (970) email@example.com
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