It’s Glenwood election day; get your ballots in
Tuesday is the final day for balloting in the Glenwood Springs municipal election, being conducted via mail ballot, in which voters are deciding two contested City Council seats and two separate marijuana tax questions.
As of Monday, 1,416 completed ballots had been received by the City Clerk’s Office, leaving some 3,800 ballots outstanding. Ballots can be returned to City Hall, 101 W. Eighth St., between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. today.
Turnout in the last Glenwood council election, in 2015, was about 34.5 percent, according to City Clerk Catherine Fletcher.
Running for the open at-large seat this spring are Charlie Willman, Shelley Kaup, Jonathan Gorst and Rick Davis.
In the Ward 5 race, which includes the south Glenwood Springs neighborhoods, candidates include Amber Wissing, Johnathan Godes and Don “Hooner” Gillespie. A fourth candidate appears on the ballot in the Ward 5 race; however, Sarah Gordon withdrew her candidacy after the ballots had been printed. Any votes cast for Gordon will not be counted.
Rick Voorhees is also running unopposed for the Ward 2 seat, and will be the new council representative for the West Glenwood area.
City voters also are being asked to decide whether Glenwood Springs should assess a special 5 percent tax on recreational retail sales of marijuana products in the city, in addition to existing city, county and state taxes. A second question asks if an additional 5 percent excise tax on wholesale transfers of marijuana products in the city should also be levied.
If approved, the city intends to use the annual revenues, up to $500,000 for each tax as proposed, for education and public health programs associated with legalized marijuana, enforcement of local marijuana regulations and city infrastructure needs.
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