Interest growing in Glenwood council race
So far just two candidates for Glenwood Springs City Council have turned in petitions to run in the April 7 election, but several petitions are still on the streets as interest appears to be growing in the upcoming race for four open seats.
The deadline to complete and return a nominating petition with the requisite 25 signatures of registered city voters is 5 p.m. Monday.
Current city Planning and Zoning Commission Chairwoman Kathy Trauger announced her intention last week to run for the open at-large seat being vacated by Councilman Dave Sturges, who is term-limited.
Trauger followed through by returning her petition earlier this week, while a potential challenger for the at-large seat, former Aspen City Council member and current Glenwood Springs resident Tony Hershey, said he is still weighing his decision.
“I am strongly considering running, probably for the at-large seat if I do,” said Hershey, a prosecuting attorney formerly with the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office who is now working with the 5th District attorney in Eagle.
Hershey served on the Aspen council from 1999 to 2003, before moving to Glenwood Springs.
Meanwhile, the only candidate besides Trauger to officially turn in a petition so far is Steve Davis, a longtime Glenwood Springs resident and former owner of Summit Canyon Mountaineering.
His decision sets up a potential three-way race for the Ward 1 seat, where incumbent Councilman Ted Edmonds has indicated he intends to run for re-election, and where former council member Russ Arensman said Thursday he is committed to running again.
Edmonds and Arensman have yet to turn in their nominating petitions, but Arensman said he would welcome an active race.
“The more the merrier,” Arensman said. “It’s encouraging to see so much interest after many years where we were scarce to find any candidates.”
Davis said he felt like it was “just my turn” to seek election to City Council.
“Eventually, if you live somewhere long enough and feel like it’s your hometown, you need to try to take care of it,” Davis said, pointing to several “critical issues” over the next four years, namely the replacement of the Grand Avenue bridge.
“That’s pretty much in (the state transportation department’s) hands at this point, but we as a city need to be proactive in addressing the collateral damage that will cause,” he said.
Incumbent City Council members Todd Leahy in Ward 3 and Mike Gamba in Ward 4 have also indicated that they will be seeking re-election, but have not yet turned in their petitions.
One prospective candidate who had considered a run for the Ward 3 seat, longtime local attorney and city River Commission member Bob Noone, said Thursday that he has decided not to run.
City Clerk Catherine Mythen said two other prospective candidates have taken out nominating packets, but have not indicated for which seats they might be interested in running.
Neither of those individuals could be reached for comment on their intentions.
Council candidates must be U.S. citizens, be qualified to vote and must have lived in Glenwood Springs for at least one year prior to April 7. Ward candidates must also reside within the ward from which they are running, but at-large candidates can live anywhere in the city.
Signatures for ward candidates must also be collected within their ward, while at-large candidates may gather signatures from anywhere in the city.
For more information on the election, ward boundaries or to request a nominating petition and packet, contact the city clerk at 384-6403.
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