Glenwood council races no contest
Candidates in this fall’s Glenwood Springs City Council race can slow down and walk.Barring participation by any write-in candidates, only one person is running for each of the three council seats up for election in November.Earlier, a race appeared to be in the offing for Ward 2, the seat now held by Mayor Larry Emery, who isn’t running again. Kris Chadwick and Robert Wolfarth both had taken out petitions to run for the vacancy.However, Wolfarth has decided against running because of conflicting time commitments.The deadline for submitting petitions to run was Monday. City Clerk Robin Unsworth said those handing in petitions include Chadwick, incumbent Dave Merritt in Ward 5, and Dave Johnson for an at-large seat. Johnson, now a city Planning and Zoning commissioner, would replace Dan Richardson, who isn’t running again.Unsworth said anyone wanting to run as a write-in candidate has until Aug. 29 to submit a notice of intent to her office. They don’t need to circulate petitions to qualify as a write-in candidate.Wolfarth said Tuesday that he realized he would have been overcommitting himself by serving on council. He said had too many other projects he has been unable to finish up.”I just don’t have the time to put in. My time would be cut way down, and I couldn’t do a good job,” he said.Wolfarth is an 80-year-old retiree and says he’s busier now than when he was working. He said he owns some real estate in the Chicago area and hasn’t been able to sell it, so he has been working to take care of it.Chadwick said if it turns out that she is certain to be elected, that will let her focus on preparing to serve on council, rather than having to campaign.”I can have an opportunity to get up to date on the issues with City Council and start attending meetings and really getting up to speed and start working on things,” she said.”I’m looking forward to working hard.”Contact Dennis Webb: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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