Ten people are vying for an appointment to fill the unexpired City Council
term of Joel Miller, who resigned to run for mayor in late November. The appointee will serve for 3 1/2 months, until voters elect someone at the April 7 city election.
Among the field of hopefuls to represent the north District 2 are several involved in nonprofit work and a couple of political operatives. Here's the list:
· Bruce Harrington
, principal, Consulting Nonprofits, LLC
· David Kelly
, president, Liberty First, LLC, a tea partier about whom we've reported
· Glenn Carlson
, corporate supplier manager, Arrow Electronics
· Holly Williams
, legal assistant, Law Offices of Wayne Williams, who recently was elected as Colorado Secretary of State. Holly is his wife and used to be public trustee in El Paso County, appointed by former Gov. Bill Owens, a Republican.
· Larry Bagley
, retired, United States Air Force
· Mina Liebert
, director, LiveWell Colorado Springs
· Rex Louth
, firearms associate, U.S. Air Force Academy
· Tom Bailey
, nonprofit management consultant, The Career Building Academy
· William “Bill” Murray,
retired, Senior Army Officer and Intelligence/Cyber Warfare Consultant
· Rex Reed
, a blogger
Murray has run for office before; he ran in District 2 in 2013 but stepped aside during the campaign to throw support behind Miller, who defeated incumbent Angela Dougan
. (Dougan, by the way, tells us she's not interested in the appointment or running for a seat in April.) Carlson has as well, having been defeated in November for the state House District 14 seat by incumbent Dan Nordberg.
Detailed information on the applicants can be found here.
Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Monday
at City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave., to make the appointment. The meeting will be broadcast on SpringsTV CH 18 and via the City’s website at: https://coloradosprings.legistar.com
Meantime, Isaiah Hess
, who earned a bachelor's degree in engineering physics from the Colorado School of Mines, has announced his candidacy for an at-large Council seat that will be vacated in April. He works as a systems engineer at Schriever Air Force Base
Here's his announcement:
Today, Isaiah Hess announced his campaign for Colorado Springs City Council. He is a candidate for one of the three at-large seats that represent the entire city.
“I’ve lived and worked in this city since I was three years old,” Hess said, “and that has given me a great love for Colorado Springs’ past, and a passion for our city’s future.”
He believes that the ultimate goal of government should be to empower individuals by supporting freedom and unobtrusive, efficient government. “Good government does not begin in Washington, DC or in Denver,” Hess stated, “but rather, it begins at home, where decision-makers can be close to the people that they serve. And no where is this more the case than in city government.”
Responding to the question of why he is running, Hess replied that he “wants to serve his fellow residents of Colorado Springs by ensuring a more free place to live and work and a transparent local government that preserves choice and prosperity for residents.”
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