Blazier drops out of Glenwood Springs City Council race |

Blazier drops out of Glenwood Springs City Council race

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Former city council candidate David Blazier decided it would be too expensive to run against candidate Stephen Bershenyi.

“My wife says that we don’t have the cash to do a campaign,” Blazier said. “I’m going to listen to my wife. … I’m just going to be beating my head against the wall against what’s his name? Steve Bershenyi. He’s got deep pockets. He ran and almost beat [County Commissioner John Martin].”

Just three candidates are running uncontested for three Glenwood Springs City Council seats coming up for election, leaving voters with probably no choice as to who will represent them. The deadline to return petitions with signatures to get on the ballot for the April election was 5 p.m. Monday. It’s still possible to run as a write-in candidate.

Blazier said that to have any chance at all to beat Bershenyi, he would have had to purchase advertisements and go door to door, which he can’t afford to do right now. But he said he “definitely” will try to run again if he continues to live in Glenwood Springs.

Blazier ran unsuccessfully against Councilor Dave Sturges in the fall 2007 election. Some others criticized Blazier for what were called his extreme views. Blazier wrote letters to an area newspaper in the summer of 2007 criticizing baby boomers. One said they should be killed off so other generations can live their lives, another letter accused them of “inter-generational theft.”

In his defense, Blazier said in 2007 the letters were meant to be satirical and one was written hastily. Recently, he said they were part of a gambit to gain publicity and expose how the establishment city councilors would try to “bully” him out of the race.

Bershenyi couldn’t be immediately reached Monday. He told the Aspen Daily News that he “caught the bug to serve” and had a number of people ask him to consider running for City Council. Bershenyi grew up in Glenwood Springs. He’s a blacksmith/artist who ran unsuccessfully against County Commissioner John Martin last fall.

He reportedly said issues important to him are dealing with a tighter budget, a planned new bridge over the Roaring Fork River in south Glenwood Springs, and the overcapacity Grand Avenue Bridge.

Matthew Steckler is running uncontested for the Ward Two seat that requires signatures from West Glenwood Springs. The seat is held by Kris Chadwick, who is not seeking re-election. Steckler works for a market data software company called CQG. He couldn’t be immediately reached.

Leo McKinney is running for south Glenwood Springs’ Ward Five seat. He is a former teacher and owner of the Glenwood Springs Harmony House assisted living facility. Ward Five Councilor Dave Merritt can’t run again due to a term limit.

Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121

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