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Winds of Change: Voters usher in remade City Council in Glenwood Springs

The unofficial results rolled in a little before 9 p.m. on Tuesday. And there was a theme: Glenwood's voters wanted change, with businesswoman Erin Zalinski bringing home the win against incumbent Tony Hershey for the City's at-large council seat, 939 votes to 897, and Sumner Schachter defeating Mayor Pro-Tem Charlie Willman, 236 to 167.

Marco Dehm, who council unanimously appointed to fill the term vacated by a retiring Steve Davis in early 2022, ran unopposed in Ward 1, nabbing 184 votes.

Newcomer Mitchell Weimer received 250 votes in Ward 4, running uncontested for the seat that Paul Stepp decided not to try and retain.

Turnout was low, which bothered Willman. There are almost 5,900 registered voters in Glenwood Springs, and the unofficial results show just 1,848 votes cast — so once results are made official, it's likely that less than a third of registered voters bothered turning out to select the City's next batch of leaders.

Dehm, Shachter, Weimer and Zalinski will be sworn in at the council's regular meeting on April 20, 2023.

Tune in to KDNK on Wednesday morning, or listen to the audio file above, to hear more from the candidates.

Morgan is KDNK's News Director. He comes to KDNK with public radio passion and experience. He was a news host, reporter, and operations/programming director at KAJX-Aspen, and has extensive experience working in municipal government.