4 City Council seats up in spring election
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Nominations will be open at the start of the new year for four seats on the Glenwood Springs City Council that will be up for election next April.
Seats currently held by first-term incumbents Russ Arensman in Ward 1 and Shelley Kaup in Ward 3, as well as the at-large seat held by Dave Sturges, are among those that will be up for election.
All three council members told the Post Independent they haven’t formally decided to seek re-election at this early stage, but are leaning in that direction.
The Ward 4 City Council seat, currently held by Mayor Bruce Christensen, will be wide open for nominations. Christensen is term-limited after two, four-year terms and cannot run for re-election.
Arensman, Kaup and Sturges were all elected in November of 2007. City voters in that same election also approved a ballot question moving the city elections from November to April of each odd-numbered year.
The first day to pick up nominating petitions to run for City Council is Jan. 4. Petitions may be obtained from the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 101 W. Eighth St., Suite 325.
All four open seats are for four-year terms. Candidates must be a citizen of the United States and must have resided in Glenwood Springs for at least one year prior to the scheduled April 5, 2011, election.
Prospective candidates who intend to run for a ward seat must reside within that ward.
Ward 1 takes in the portions of downtown west of Grand Avenue, south of the Colorado River and north of 14th Street, as well as the Red Mountain neighborhoods and Midland Avenue all the way from West Glenwood to 27th Street.
Ward 3 includes the downtown area east of Grand Avenue and south to 14th Street, plus the areas north of the Colorado River, west to Devereux Road.
Ward 4 extends from 14th Street south along Highway 82 and Grand Avenue, east of the Roaring Fork River.
A voting ward map can be found on the city of Glenwood Springs website, at http://www.ci.glenwood-springs.co.us/maps.
City Council is a nonpartisan governing body. Nominating petitions with the requisite number of signatures of registered city electors must be returned no later than 5 p.m. Jan. 24. For more information, call the City Clerk’s Office at 384-6403.
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