Three guaranteed winners in Glenwood elections |

Three guaranteed winners in Glenwood elections

Still two months away from this fall’s Glenwood Springs municipal elections, we already have three winners.

Dave Merritt will be returning to serve a second four-year term, and Dave Johnson and Kris Chadwick will be joining council for the first time because no one is running against them. The three were the only ones to file with the city to appear on the ballot, and no one stepped forward by Monday’s deadline to run as write-in candidates.

Merritt represents Ward 5 in south Glenwood. Chadwick will replace Mayor Larry Emery in Ward 2 in West Glenwood, after Emery declined to run for a second term, citing time constraints due to family and work commitments. Robert Wolfarth had taken out petitions to run for Emery’s seat, but also bowed out because of limitations on his time.

Johnson is replacing one-term council member Dan Richardson for an at-large seat. In deciding not to run again, Richardson also had cited the time requirements of council service, and a desire to spend more time with his family and on other interests. He recently was hired as the city of Aspen’s global warming project manager.

Johnson has worked at the post office in downtown Glenwood Springs for about 25 years and currently serves on the city Planning and Zoning Commission. He previously volunteered on the Resource Advisory Council for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

Chadwick, who was educated in economics and engineering, taught math part time at Colorado Mountain College while raising her daughters. She is vice president of the board of trustees of Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale, and is married to Glenn Chadwick, an attorney.

The city is holding a mail-in election this fall, and a city street tax measure also is on the ballot. City Clerk Robin Unsworth said the three winning candidates’ names will appear on the ballot, but any votes cast for them won’t be counted. Instead, council will appoint the three by acclamation, she said.

This week, Colorado Mountain College election coordinator Toni Black said the college has canceled its election after only one candidate filed petitions to run for each of three CMC board seats.

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