Vanderhoof, Martensen won’t run again
Post Independent Staff
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A new mayor and at least one new City Council member will be elected this November.
Mayor Don Vanderhoof is currently in the last months of his second term, and mandatory term limits preclude him from running again.
“I’ve enjoyed the last eight years,” he said, “but I’m term-limited out. I probably wouldn’t run again even if I could – eight years is long enough.”
Vanderhoof represents Ward 4, which generally covers areas of the city that are east of the Roaring Fork River between 13th and 24th streets.
Vanderhoof said he’s only missed four meetings in his eight years on council – three while traveling and one because he was sick.
“In some ways I’ll miss it and in some ways I’m counting down the days,” he said. “My wife will probably enjoy it as much as me.”
Councilwoman Jean Martensen, who is in her first term, has decided not to run again for personal reasons.
“We’re looking for a good person to run,” Martensen said of a possible replacement. “I’ve been trying to think of someone to suggest.”
Martensen represents Ward 3, which covers the area east of Grand Avenue between the Colorado River and 13th Street.
Martensen said she plans to stay involved with the Downtown Development Authority in some capacity. But it would have to be on a DDA committee rather than the board because she doesn’t live within the DDA boundaries.
The other two councilmen up for re-election in November are Don “Hooner” Gillespie and Rick Davis, who were elected with Martensen in 1999.
“As of right now I’m planning to run,” Gillespie said.
Gillespie is an “at-large” councilman, so an opponent could live anywhere in the city.
Davis said he plans to run so he can help finish projects and finalize decisions that could still be unresolved at the end of this term.
“I’m going to throw in my hat,” Davis said, “and hopefully the folks will think enough about me to re-elect me.”
Also, Davis said he feels his experience on the Planning and Zoning Commission and on City Council can help the otherwise somewhat inexperienced members of council.
Davis represents Ward 1, which generally covers the residents who live west of Grand Avenue between the Colorado River and 13th Street.
City clerk Robin Clemons said each candidate must secure 25 signatures on a petition in order to run. Candidates will start passing those petitions in early August, she said. No due date has been set.
The election is on Nov. 4.
Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511
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