Glenwood council incumbent Edmonds withdraws from race
Citing common ground with one of the other candidates for the Glenwood Springs City Council Ward 1 seat, incumbent Councilman Ted Edmonds has decided to withdraw his candidacy and not seek re-election.
In doing so, Edmonds said he will actively support political newcomer Steve Davis as his successor in the April 7 mail ballot election against former Councilman Russ Arensman.
“I had some folks come to me and mention that Steve has similar views to mine, and after meeting with him for a couple of hours, I did find that we are very compatible in our views of the city and what’s going on,” Edmonds said.
“It didn’t make a lot of sense to me to have both of us running for the same seat, so I decided to step away, and I intend to support his candidacy,” said Edmonds, who has served four years on Council.
Davis, a home builder and former owner of Summit Canyon Mountaineering in downtown Glenwood Springs, said he welcomes Edmonds’ support and respects his decision.
“I got into this race when I heard that he may not be seeking re-election, and when we both pulled petitions to run it made sense to sit down and talk,” Davis said. “Throughout our conversation it was apparent that we had a lot of common ground on most of the issues.”
A lot of that came down to a common belief that Council needs someone with a strong business background, especially with a knowledge of what it’s like to be a downtown business owner, Davis said.
“I do have some strong feelings about the downtown, and with the upcoming bridge project there will be a lot of challenges during that construction process,” he said.
The Ward 1 race had been shaping up to be a three-way race between Edmonds, Davis and Arensman, along with the three-way race for the at-large seat this spring between Kathryn Trauger, Tony Hershey and Kathy Williams.
Arensman said he welcomes a lively discussion of the issues with Davis, and thanked Edmonds for his four years on Council.
“I know firsthand the responsibility that involves and the time it takes,” said Arensman, who held the Ward 1 (west downtown and Midland-to-27th Street corridor) from 2007-2011.
“At this point I am not familiar with Steve’s views on the issues, but I am looking forward to hearing more and having a lively debate,” Arensman said, noting that he, Edmonds and Davis have indicated they all agree on CDOT’s plans to replace the Grand Avenue Bridge.
“We as a city do need to come together on some of these issues and find some common ground, rather than sniping at each other,” Arensman said.
Edmonds agreed the bridge issue will undoubtedly “come to a head” in the next year or so, adding it’s time for the city to move ahead on that issue and do its best to deal with the impacts.
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