Monday, March 11, 2013

Endorsements abound

Posted By on Mon, Mar 11, 2013 at 11:58 AM

April 2 city election endorsements
  • Brett Levin Photography

Several organizations recently announced their endorsements for the six City Council districts that will be filled by voters in the April 2 city election.

The Independent will issue its endorsements and in-depth analysis of the races in Wednesday's edition.

But meantime, for those watching these sorts of things, these organizations are weighing in.

Pikes Peak Firearms Coalition
District 1: Don Knight
District 2: Joel Miller
District 3: Keith King and Jim Bensberg
District 4: Dennis Moore
District 5: Bernie Herpin
District 6: Andres Pico

The Gazette
District 1: Don Knight
District 2: Joel Miller
District 3: Keith King
District 4: Deborah Hendrix
District 5: Bernie Herpin
District 6: David Moore

The daily newspaper also called for defeat of the Council pay measure that would boost pay from $6,250 to $48,000 a year and support of 20 percent of the Trails and Open Space tax being used for parks maintenance without a clause preventing the city from reducing its general fund support of parks.

Regional Business Alliance
District 2: Angela Dougan
District 3: Keith King
District 4: Deborah Hendrix
District 5: Bernie Herpin
District 6: David Moore

The alliance gave no explanation for why it didn't choose a candidate in District 1. Running in that district are Tim Leigh, Joe Barrera, Don Knight, Linda Mojer and Julie Naye. We've asked the organization that question and will update if and when we hear back.

From the alliance's news release:

"There was a diverse pool of candidates this year," commented Mike Jorgensen, Chair of the Board of the Business Alliance. "Based on more than twenty interviews conducted by the Business Alliance Political Action Council, we believe we have selected the best candidates for pro-business initiatives."

In addition to interviews, candidates provided written responses to questions important to the business development needs of the region.

"The candidates we are endorsing have an understanding of the objectives of the Business Alliance and we believe they will provide leadership on issues critical to our city," commented Luke Travins, Chair of the Business Alliance Political Action Council. "We are confident we have endorsed a proactive and business-friendly slate of candidates."

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