Two council races contested

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Englewood voters will decide two contested races in November as they elect three city council members and a municipal judge, but there will be no school board election this year.

Municipal offices on the ballot are municipal judge, city council representatives in District 2 and District 4 and one council at-large representative.

Municipal Judge Vincent Atencio is unopposed for his fifth term as the state’s only elected municipal judge. Also, incumbent Councilmember Rick Gillit returns to office as the District 4 representative because he, too, is unopposed.

There are races for the other two council seats. Linda Olson, incumbent District 2 council representative, is seeking a second term, and is opposed by district resident Rita Russell.

There is no at-large incumbent because Mayor Pro Tem Jim Woodward chose not to seek another term on the council. Two Englewood residents met the requirements to get their names on the ballot — Scott Gorsky, the former school board president, and Steven Yates, a first-time council candidate.

There will be two city questions on the ballot. The council places a non-binding question about whether or not any aspect of the recreational marijuana industry should be allowed in Englewood. There also is a resident-initiated ballot issue seeking official park designation for a number of parks and properties in the city.

The school district canceled its election because there are only three candidates for the three school board vacancies, Gene Turnbull, Tena Prange and Jason Sakry.

“All three candidates turned in their petitions before the deadline, the signatures were verified, so all three candidates are qualified to appear on the ballot,” said Linda Felling, executive assistant to the school superintendent. “Because we have three candidates for three positions, the school board was asked Sept. 3 to approve canceling the election.”