Write-in candidate declares for Glenwood Ward 3 council seat
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – There will be another contested race in the upcoming Glenwood Springs City Council election after all.
Dirk Myers, 56, a new Glenwood Springs resident, declared as a write-in candidate for the Ward 3 seat late last week. Monday was the deadline for write-ins to file for the April 5 mail ballot election.
Myers will face political newcomer and local real estate broker Todd Leahy for the seat being vacated by Shelley Kaup, who decided not to run for re-election.
The other contested race in the election is between incumbent city councilman Russ Arensman and longtime local businessman Ted Edmonds for the Ward 1 seat.
Two candidates are running uncontested – incumbent councilman David Sturges for the at-large seat, and Glenwood Springs engineer Michael Gamba for the Ward 4 seat being vacated by mayor Bruce Christensen, who is term-limited and cannot run again.
Myers is the local general manager for Bow Tie Cinemas, which owns the Movieland theater in El Jebel. He is also the property manager for several Bow Tie Properties commercial and residential holdings in the Roaring Fork Valley. The firm has principal offices in Aspen and New York City.
Up until March 2010, Myers was a city councilman in Gloversville, N.Y., before he was relocated to Glenwood Springs by his company.
Myers took out a nominating petition to run for the Ward 3 seat, but then decided not to put his name in the hat. Upon hearing that only one candidate had put in, he changed his mind.
“The one thing I really don’t like when it comes to elected office is for anyone to run unopposed,” he said. “I think there has to be a choice there.”
Although Myers’ name will not appear on the ballot, there will be an official write-in line, Glenwood Springs City Clerk Robin Unsworth said.
“I still think I can run an effective write-in campaign,” he said. “I look forward to meeting with the residents of the third ward during this campaign and discussing the issues that affect us all.”
Leahy, a 17-year city resident, said he appreciates that Myers decided to run.
“My thoughts and desires haven’t changed,” Leahy said. “I think I can bring some historical perspective and knowledge to the table.”
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