Two more enter Council races


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  • Bennett
  • Czelatdko

With seven City Council seats up for grabs, the race has nevertheless got off to a slow start.

Until yesterday, only four people had declared candidacies: Michael Merrifield for District 3, Brandy Williams for one of five open at-large seats, and Larry Bagely and Angela Dougan duking it out for the District 2 seat.

Which left four at-large seats no one was running for.

That changed yesterday evening when Merv Bennett and Lisa Czelatdko threw their names into the race for at-large seats.

Bennett is the retiring president and CEO of the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region. He spent 40 years with the organization.

Czelatdko is a volunteer and mother, who previously ran for Council and vied for an appointment by Council to the District 3 seat that was later awarded to Sean Paige. Czelatdko had been mentored by the previous holder of that seat, Jerry Heimlicher.

More recently, Czelatdko volunteered with the strong-mayor campaign.

Czelatdko recently commented on

My beautiful husband was seriously injured in a snowboarding accident last year and as a result has had multiple surgeries since then. We, like so many other families in this community, are being hit hard by the economy plus Tom's recovery time, it's been a double whammy. Still, I am committed to my City deeper now then I was when I applied last year for the District 3 Council seat. I have been to dozens and dozens of council meetings so I understand the time commitment, the responsibility, and the possibility in making this City shine even greater than it already does. If you see LISA CZELATDKO on the ballot you will know that I am serious in bringing passion, communication, and a fresh start to COS City Council. Sincerely, Lisa.


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