Glenwood Springs ward boundaries adjusted for latest Census numbers

After the 2020 Census update, Glenwood Springs’ ward boundaries changed a little, and some people are now in different voting wards than in the last City Council election.

City Clerk Ryan Muse said that population changes prompted the city ward boundary updates last spring. 

Although most of the wards stayed the same, the biggest changes happened between the Roaring Fork River and Grand Avenue, and extending from the Colorado River to 13th Street.

There’s also a small sliver of the map between 13th and 14th streets, east of Grand Avenue, where Ward 3 turned into Ward 4. The west side of Grand Avenue between 13th and 14th street also changed from being Ward 1 to being divided between Ward 3 and 4. 

Ward 2, taking in west and north Glenwood Springs, saw minor changes expanding to fill in the corner of city limits east of Transfer Trail. That corner used to be part of Ward 3.

Finally, Ward 5 slightly expanded into what used to be Ward 1, by the Terrace Condominiums and also by Hager Lane near Midland Avenue.

Why does this matter?

One of two contested races for City Council in the April 4 election is happening in Ward 3, between incumbent Charlie Willman and challenger Sumner Schachter.

The other contested seat in the election, between incumbent at-large Council Member Tony Hershey and challenger Erin Zalinski, is not impacted by the ward changes. 

The Post Independent plans to publish Q&As with the candidates before ballots are sent to city voters.

Important dates coming up in the election:

March 13

First day ballots can be mailed to registered city voters. It is also the first day ballots can be made available at the clerk’s office.

March 14

FCPA Report of Contributions and Expenditures due to the city clerk. A $50 fine will be charged to a candidate who does not return them on time.

March 20

The last day to mail ballot packets, and the first day returned mail ballots may be counted. Also the tentative date for the Issues and Answers candidates forum.

March 31

Second FCPA Report of Contributions and Expenditures due to the city clerk.

April 4 

Election day, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

New ward boundaries updates by the Census in Spring 2022 (left) and the old ward boundaries map (above)
Courtesy/City of Glenwood Springs

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