McGovern joins council race as Ward 3 write-in
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Longtime downtown businesswoman Chris McGovern stated her intention Wednesday to run as a write-in candidate for City Council. McGovern, who owned the downtown clothing store Threads from 1975 to 2000 and now works as a real estate broker, said she was concerned that nobody stepped forward to represent Ward 3. So she decided to run. “A number of people asked me to run,” she said. “I feel it’s a vibrant community, and it needs to be represented.”McGovern has lived in Ward 3, which covers the area east of Grand Avenue between the Colorado River and 13th Street, since 1985. After she sold Threads, she became a broker associate for Mason & Morse Real Estate, where she still works. As a mother who has put four children through the local schools and has a son who will be a senior this year, McGovern said she feels like she has the perspective needed to make good decisions. Also, McGovern said while she’s willing to take over Councilwoman Jean Martensen’s seat, she’d “graciously step out” if someone else wants to run for the seat. “I don’t look forward to being on the hot seat, but I do believe in representative government,” she said. McGovern said if elected as a write-in candidate, she’ll bring her business experience and common sense to council. As a write-in candidate, McGovern had to file an affidavit of intent to run for City Council, city clerk Robin Clemons said. “Their vote can’t be counted without that,” Clemons said. Clemons said this is the first write-in candidate she can remember in her 18 years working for the city. For McGovern to win the seat, she must get the most votes for the Ward 3 seat. Other write-in candidates can submit their affidavit of intent to run until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 2.McGovern doesn’t have to campaign, but she said she’ll at least talk to her neighbors to determine their concerns. “Life is a series of choices,” McGovern said. “And sometimes when those choices come up, maybe I can help clarify them.”Contact Greg Mass: 945-8515, ext. email@example.com
Who’s running for Glenwood Springs City Council?At Large: Don Gillespie v. Joe O’DonnellWard 1: Rick Davis v. Larry BeckwithWard 3: Chris McGovernWard 4: Bruce Christensen
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