Final day to vote in Glenwood Springs election |

Final day to vote in Glenwood Springs election

Russ Arensman

Today is Election Day in Glenwood Springs, the final day for city voters to cast ballots in the race for two City Council seats and one ballot question regarding the possible sale of city-owned land.

Voters have until 7 p.m. to complete and return the ballots they should have received in the mail in mid-March, or to request a ballot if they are in fact eligible to vote in the election.

Ballots can be returned in person to City Hall, 101 W. Eighth St., by 7 p.m., or up until 5 p.m. at the ballot drop-off inside the east entrance of the Garfield County Courthouse located east of City Hall, according to City Clerk Catherine Mythen.

Ballots cannot be returned by mail at this point.

Voters throughout the city are deciding the three-way contest for an At-large seat on City Council between Tony Hershey, Kathryn Trauger and Kathy Williams.

Voters in Ward 1 are deciding between Russ Arensman and Steve Davis for their neighborhood representative on the seven-member council.

Also on the ballot is a question asking voters if the city should be allowed to consider selling or otherwise conveying a piece of city-owned property near the intersection of South Grand Avenue and 23rd Street.

Neighboring landowners have proposed trading a piece of property fronting South Grand to accommodate future intersection improvements, for part of the adjacent city property. Approval of the ballot question only allows the city to consider the proposal.

As of Monday, according to Mythen, about 1,340 ballots had been completed and returned to the clerk’s office.

That represents about 29.5 percent of potential ballots with a full day yet to go in the election.

Some 350 ballots came back as undeliverable from the original batch of 4,900 ballots that were sent out, according to Mythen’s tally.

Based on the number of ballots returned as of Monday, that means roughly 3,200 ballots are still in voters’ hands that may or may not be turned in. About 600 of those outstanding ballots are still in the hands of Ward 1 voters.

Meanwhile, disclosure by a Post Independent story over the weekend that candidates Davis and Trauger were the recipients of large campaign contributions from a Denver energy company executive and his wife, Mike and Patty Starzer, who are part-time Glenwood Springs residents, caused some stir in the final days of the election.

Davis, who is remodeling the Starzer’s home in north Glenwood, received a $4,000 from the Starzers, while Trauger received a $2,000 contribution.

News of the contributions in Saturday’s Post Independent prompted letters to the editor from Hershey and Arensman questioning whether such large amounts of money are appropriate in the city campaign.

Mythen confirmed that both contributions were properly disclosed in supplemental reports to the City Clerk’s Office on March 18, in accordance with Colorado Campaign and Political Finance laws requiring disclosure of any contributions exceeding $1,000 within 24 hours of receipt.

The Post Independent reported the contributions after the required second full campaign finance reports were turned in as of the April 3 deadline.

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