Kaup won’t seek another Glenwood Springs City Council term
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Shelley Kaup, the Glenwood City Council representative from the downtown-area Ward 3 for the past three years, will not seek re-election to a second term this spring.
Her decision, announced at the Thursday City Council meeting, leaves at least two of the four open seats in the upcoming April 5 council election without an incumbent candidate.
“City Council has a been a great experience, and this was a tough decision,” said Kaup, who informed her fellow council members Thursday that she wants to focus more time on her career and family.
“I am at a time in my life, after balancing work and family for the last 20 years, when I really want to get back to work full time,” said Kaup, who has a degree in civil engineering and currently handles the business end of her husband Dale Kaup’s engineering firm.
Prior to being elected to City Council in November 2007, Kaup worked for the city’s building department for nine years. She has also recently been teaching at Colorado Mountain College for the past year.
“I plan on staying involved with the city and in community service,” said Kaup, who has also been a member of the city’s Transportation Commission since the mid-1990s. More recently, she has served as chairman of the inter-governmental Garfield New Energy Communities Initiative advisory board.
Nominating petitions were made available Jan. 4 for four City Council seats that will be up for election in an April 5 mail ballot election.
Seats currently held by first-term incumbents Russ Arensman in Ward 1 and Dave Sturges for one of the at-large positions are also up for election. Both Arensman and Sturges have taken out nominating petitions but have not yet formally announced for re-election.
The Ward 4 City Council seat, currently held by Mayor Bruce Christensen, is also up for election. Christensen is term-limited after eight years on council and cannot run for re-election.
City elections used to be held in November of each odd-numbered year until 2007. Voters that year approved a ballot question moving city elections to April of odd-numbered years, however the 2009 election did not have any contested seats and was canceled.
All four open seats will be elected for four-year terms in the April 5 election. Prospective candidates who intend to run for a ward seat must reside within that ward, while the at-large seat is open to any qualified city resident.
Ward 1 takes in the portions of downtown west of Grand Avenue and north of 14th Street, plus the Midland Avenue corridor.
Ward 3 includes the downtown area east of Grand Avenue and north of 14th Street, plus the areas north of the Colorado River, west to Devereux Road.
Ward 4 extends from 14th Street south along Grand Avenue/Highway 82, east of the Roaring Fork River.
A ward map can be found on the city of Glenwood Springs website, at http://www.ci.glenwood-springs.co.us/maps.
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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