Angela Dougan got back to us with this statement:
"I trust the voters to make a good informed decision. I hope they know how hard I have worked and what I have accomplished for our district."
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Bill Murray, a retired military service member running for Colorado Springs City Council in the north District 2, tells us he'll announce soon that he'll endorse another District 2 candidate, Joel Miller, in the race. The election is April 2, and voters will elect representatives from six districts.
Both are candidates in the district now represented by Angela Dougan, who's seeking re-election.
"She's gotta be defeated," Murray told Independent executive editor Ralph Routon in an interview.
Murray says he'll stay in the race and make appearances at candidate forums, but he'll use those opportunities to pound the drum for Miller, an Air Force Academy grad, reservist and FedEx pilot.
Dougan, by far the biggest fundraiser in District 2, has been a staunch supporter of Mayor Steve Bach and his agenda. She opposed moving forward with the Neumann Systems Group pollution-control equipment on Drake Power Plant, for example, which is designed to keep the plant viable for years; Bach has expressed interest in Drake being decommissioned to make way for a sports stadium or some other facility (although more recently he denied saying that).
"It's hard for me to do this because I've spent a lot of time and money," Murray told Routon. "But the best thing now is for me to help Joel Miller win. We're splitting the vote and that won't accomplish what needs to happen, which is making sure Angela Dougan doesn't win. She's gotta be defeated. We also need to send a clear message to the mayor that he doesn't get everything he wants.
"I spent a couple hours today with Joel and his wife. While we don't see eye to eye on every issue, I think he's a sincere guy and he has the best chance to win this thing in our area," he went on. "There were no promises made, no deal or anything in return. But it's clear to me that everybody has to get behind Joel.
"My wife says I should come back in two years and try for an at-large, because I'd have a better chance with the entire city. We'll see when the time comes. For now, my only concern is for Joel Miller to defeat Angela Dougan. For me, backing out now is the best thing to do."
Check back with us for further details as this story unfolds.