Tony Hershey cruises to landslide victory in at-large Glenwood council race, Charlie Willman wins Ward 3 seat
The polls officially closed at 7 p.m. Tuesday and the news came just before 10 that Tony Hershey would serve as Glenwood Springs’ next at-large city councilor, while Charlie Willman won the Ward 3 seat.
According to the unofficial election results, in the at-large race, councilman-elect Hershey received 1,000 votes. His opponents, current at large Councilman Jim Ingraham, who was appointed to the seat in 2018, earned 584 votes and Erika Gibson brought in 461 votes.
“This isn’t a victory for me, this is a victory for the people of Glenwood Springs because now they have a true voice on the City Council,” Hershey said late Tuesday night.
Hershey, who vehemently opposed the ¾-cent street sales tax throughout the campaign, said Tuesday that fixing the city’s streets without raising taxes would remain his number-one priority upon taking office.
“We have to find that money and we have to do it,” Hershey said regarding a city street network that has been deemed as “failing” in places, according to a recent engineering assessment. “The people didn’t want higher taxes, but they did want someone who would still fix the streets without the tax.”
Hershey said he also looked forward to working on issues surrounding the limestone quarry north of Glenwood and Rocky Mountain Resources’ controversial expansion plans for it.
However, he said that upon taking office he had two fundamental jobs to perform for his constituents.
“I have said this a thousand times … a government does two things. It provides police protection and it fixes its streets and their infrastructure. And, those are the two priorities that I will have right out of the gate,” Hershey said.
Willman in Ward 3
In the Ward 3 race, Charlie Willman won with 207 votes, while candidate Jennifer Vanian received 155 votes and Ksana Oglesby took in 45 votes.
Current Ward 3 Councilman Todd Leahy could not seek re-election due to term limits.
“I’m numb,” Willman said after hearing that he would serve as Glenwood’s next Ward 3 councilor. “I hope that I can do the good job that the voters have entrusted me with.”
Willman said that fixing the city’s streets remained a priority, despite the ¾-cent street sales tax failing. He had supported the measure.
He said other priorities included finishing the Seventh Street beautification project, and making Sixth Street and the entire North Glenwood area more vibrant.
“My two opponents are great ladies,” Willman said of Vanian and Oglesby. “I really appreciated the discussions we had at the forums and appreciate the fact that they had the dedication to run for office. … I hope they continue to stay involved.”
Ward 1 Councilman Steve Davis, who ran for re-election unopposed, received 274 votes. Additionally, Councilwoman-elect Paula Stepp, who ran unopposed for the Ward 4 seat being vacated by current Mayor Michael Gamba due to term limits, also earned 293 votes.
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