Kaup, Godes top balloting for Glenwood Springs City Council seats
April 5, 2017
Shelley Kaup and Jonathan Godes were the big winners in the Glenwood Springs City Council election that concluded on Tuesday, claiming victory in two hotly contested races over a pair of runners-up who were the more monied candidates in the spring campaign.
Kaup, who formerly served on council from 2007-11, came out on top in the four-way race for the open at-large seat, defeating longtime former Downtown Development Authority board member Charlie Willman, 811 votes to 724.
Jonathan Gorst, a political newcomer and recent new owner of the Riviera Supper Club, came away with 201 votes, and another former City Council member, Rick Davis, had 198 votes in the at-large race.
In the Ward 5 race, Godes had 272 votes to 124 for Amber Wissing and 53 for Don “Hooner” Gillespie, another former council member who was seeking a return to council. Rick Voorhees was running unopposed in this year’s election for the Ward 2 (West Glenwood) seat.
“I am humbled by the support I got from the community, and I’m honored to have the chance to serve again,” Kaup said. “I look forward to working for and with the community.”
Kaup, 56, is an energy efficiency consultant and program manager for the nonprofit Clean Energy Economy for the Region. She previously served as the Ward 4 representative on council, and now will take the at-large seat being vacated by Stephen Bershenyi, who was term-limited after two four-year terms. Bershenyi had thrown his support to Kaup.
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Godes, 39, assumes the ward seat held for the past eight years by Leo McKinney, who had come out in support of both Godes and Kaup. McKinney, like Bershenyi and outgoing Ward 2 Councilor Matt Steckler, was term-limited.
For more on the election, go to postindependent.com.