Potential candidates lining up for Glenwood council | AspenTimes.com

Potential candidates lining up for Glenwood council

John StroudPost IndependentAspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Several possible candidates have taken out nominating petitions for four open Glenwood Springs City Council seats that will be up for election in April.However, as of Wednesday, none of the candidate petitions had been returned, City Clerk Robin Unsworth said.Qualified candidates have until 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24, to gather the required 25 signatures of city electors and turn in their petitions to become official candidates in the April 5 mail ballot election.According to Unsworth, three petitions had been taken out for the at-large seat now held by first-term City Councilman Dave Sturges, two for the Ward 1 seat held by Russ Arensman, two for the Ward 3 seat being vacated by Shelley Kaup, and one for the Ward 4 seat being vacated by Mayor Bruce Christensen.For the at-large seat, incumbent Sturges, a retired attorney, said he intends to seek re-election. City Planning and Zoning Commission member John Duven and local businessman Mike Henry have also taken out petitions.Duven was appointed to P&Z in February 2010 to serve a three-year term, but was passed over for a position on the new city Tourism Board in September. Henry is in charge of outside sales for Berthod Motors in Glenwood Springs.For the Ward 1 seat, Arensman has also said he intends to seek re-election after one term on City Council. Retired businessman Ted Edmonds has also taken out a petition for the Ward 1 seat.Two prospective candidates have taken out petitions for the Ward 3 seat that’s being vacated by Shelley Kaup, who decided earlier this month not to seek re-election.Possible candidates for that seat are Dirk Myers, who works as a property manager in Aspen, and Todd Leahy, owner-broker for ReMax Realty in Glenwood Springs.The Ward 4 seat is being vacated by two-term councilman and current Mayor Bruce Christensen, who is term-limited. So far, only one prospective candidate, Michael Gamba, who is president of Gamba and Associates Engineers, has taken out a nominating petition.Candidates for the at-large seat can live anywhere within city limits and may gather their signatures from any registered city elector, Unsworth explained.However, candidates for the three ward seats up for election must reside within those wards, and must also gather their signatures from registered electors residing within their ward, she said.All four seats will be elected for four-year terms in the April 5 election.jstroud@postindependent.com

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