No one running for West Glenwood City Council seat |

No one running for West Glenwood City Council seat

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” West Glenwood Springs needs a champion to step forward.

As of mid-day Friday, no one was running for the ward two City Council seat, which requires petition signatures from that part of town. Councilor Kris Chadwick, who holds the seat, changed her mind and decided not to run for the April 7 election.

“I picked up the petition and then changed my mind,” Chadwick said, without elaborating.

The deadline to return petitions to run for City Council is 5 p.m. Jan. 26. The city is also looking to fill openings on its other boards and commissions. If no one runs for a City Council seat, someone can be appointed to fill the vacancy at a later date.

The only contested seat is the “at large” seat that isn’t tied to any one area of Glenwood Springs. Steve Bershenyi, a blacksmith/artist who ran unsuccessfully for the Garfield County Commission last fall, is vying against David Blazier. Blazier ran unsuccessfully in the fall 2007 City Council election.

The “at-large” seat is opening up because Councilor Dave Johnson is not seeking re-election.

Leo McKinney, a former teacher and owner of the Glenwood Springs Harmony House assisted living facility, is running for the ward five seat. That seat is being vacated by Councilor Dave Merritt, who can’t run again due to a term limit. Ward five includes an area in southern Glenwood Springs.

Potential City Councilors must receive 25 signatures from people within their wards by the deadline to return petitions. People can also run as a write-in candidate after the Jan. 26 deadline.

Contact city clerk Robin Unsworth to take out a petition or for more information at 384-6403.

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