The Building Community with Bennett Campaign Committee Chaired by Jim Johnson of GE Johnson Construction, announced today that at Large Member and President Pro Tem of the Colorado Springs City Council, Merv Bennett turned in his petitions and announced he will seek another term representing all the citizens of Colorado Springs this coming April.Others running for three at-large seats who have filed campaign finance reports include Isaiah Hess, Tom Strand, Longinos Gonzalez and Vicki Tonkins. Incumbent Val Snider has decided not to run, and Jan Martin is barred from second a third term by term limits.
“In recognizing the challenges facing this community it is imperative that we keep Merv Bennett working for all of us noted Bennett supporter and community leader, Katherine Loo “our fragile economy and badly neglected infrastructure system are critical issues facing our city and Merv will continue to work hard finding the correct solutions.”
Merv Bennett who retired in 2011 after 40 years of service to the YMCA immediately began a second career giving back to the community he loves when he was elected to the Colorado Springs City Council in April, 2011 with the second highest vote count in that election.
One of the only Members of Council to receive a report card with an “A” from the Gazette and dubbed by colleagues and community as the “voice of reason”, Merv Bennett has represented the citizens of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region, on the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Board (PPRTA) recently elected as Chair of that Board, on the Emergency Services Agency (ESA) Board, the El Paso County Board of Health, and the Colorado Springs Downtown Development Agency Board.
A champion for business and economic development Bennett Chaired the Nominating Committee for the Regional Tourism Authority (RTA) Advisory Board for the City for Champions, he serves as the Council liaison to the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance’s Board of Directors, that organizations Economic Development Council, and as a member of the Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Board of Directors.
The approval by the voters of the Memorial Hospital lease with the University of Colorado Hospital System (UCH) is only one of Councilman Bennett’s great achievements. His efforts were tireless in establishing the Colorado Springs first Health Foundation. A fiscal conservative, Bennett established the City Audit Committee as well as recommending and facilitating the creation of working committees for the governance of the City and Colorado Springs Utilities including Budget, Strategic Planning, Finance, and Personnel Committees.
“Collaborating with others to achieve the best on behalf of the Citizens of Colorado Springs and our neighbors in the surrounding communities is my first and last goal” Councilman Bennett said, “I have tried to put the interests of the community ahead of personal ambition and believe that this has been one of my accomplishments while maintaining my integrity and dignity in the process.”
(COLORADO SPRINGS) – El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn announced today his candidacy for the United States Senate in the [sic] 2016.
“I believe Colorado needs representation from a conservative who has worked his way through the types of obstacles with which nearly all middle-class and lower-income people struggle,” Glenn said. “If my entry into this race seems early, it's because I'm willing to invest the time and make the community connections necessary to build a comprehensive strategic plan that will help everyone pursue their American dream.”
Glenn, a husband, father, lawyer and retired Air Force officer, has been elected twice to the Colorado Springs City Council and twice to the El Paso Board of County Commissioners.
In addition to his elective public service, Glenn runs a small business, a private legal practice. As an Air Force Officer he was program manager in a $5 billion weapon system program office responsible for creating and implementing a base realignment and closure plan. He led the management of 35 combat communication programs valued at $1 billion and developed a support plan that saved $20 million while providing 40 percent more equipment for our troops.
“I worry about the polarizing national debate over the core principles that govern our country,” Glenn said. “Parents and grandparents are rightly concerned about mounting economic burdens facing their children and grandchildren. Hard-working individuals and families struggle with budgets that barely get them from one paycheck to the next. Many people are dismayed as they watch their hard-earned money get wasted on government excess.”
As a commissioner, Glenn works full time to serve a population of more than 655,000. His district consists of more than 130,000—more than any state Senate district and almost twice the population served by any member of the Colorado House of Representatives.
Glenn, a Republican since high school, is a member of New Life Church in Colorado Springs. He calls himself a Christian constitutional conservative and will support policy that enables everyone to pursue their American dream by ensuring economic freedom, restoring the traditional balance of power among federal branches of government, mandating that government live within it’s means, strengthening our nation’s security and providing for international defense.
For more information, visit: ElectDarrylGlenn.com
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.— City Clerk Sarah Johnson provided official certification to City Council today that a sufficient petition has been filed for the recall of District 4 Council Member Helen Collins. The City Clerk’s Office has determined that the Petitioner’s Committee that initiated the recall effort has met the threshold of valid signatures required to place the recall question on the April 7, 2015 Municipal Election ballot.
As required by the City Charter, the Petitioner’s Committee needed to obtain enough valid signatures to equate to 25% of the total ballots cast in Council District 4 in the April 2, 2013 Municipal Election, or 1,485 valid signatures. The petitioners turned in 3,007 signatures and the City Clerk determined 1,715 to be valid voter signatures.
• If the Council Member sought to be removed from office does not resign within five (5) days of the City’s Clerk’s certification that a sufficient petition has been filed, the recall question will be placed on the April ballot along with the 200 word statement from the Petitioner’s Committee on reasons for demanding the recall, and, if desired, a 300 word statement from the Councilmember.
• If the Council Member chooses not to resign, the City Clerk will open a candidate filing period for City Council District 4 candidates to coincide with the current regular filing period for Mayor and City Council candidates, closing on February 11, 2015.
Mayor and City Council candidates for the April 7, 2015 General Municipal election can begin to circulate nominating petitions. Elected positions on the April ballot will include Mayor, three At-Large City Council seats and the remaining term of the vacated District 2 City Council seat.Candidates who are seeking the mayor's post include, in alphabetical order: El Paso County Commissioner Amy Lathen, former Mayor Mary Lou Makepeace, former City Councilor Joel Miller and Attorney General John Suthers.
Candidate filing documents and nominating petitions will be available beginning Wednesday, January 7, 2015. They can be picked up in the City Clerk’s Office (30 South Nevada Avenue, Suite 10), Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Petitions must be returned to the City Clerk’s office by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 11, 2015.
The City Clerk and the City Attorney's Office will be conducting a Candidate Training Session from 9 -10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 in City Council Chambers at City Hall (107 N. Nevada Avenue). Training topics will include candidate filing, general election information and campaign finance law. The training will be streamed live at www.bit.ly/springstv and posted on the City Clerk’s website following the meeting.
I am a retired Air Force JAG (Military lawyer) Officer. I began my career at Peterson Field in 1975, and returned to Colorado Springs in 2005 to help my wife (a teacher) run her small business helping students that struggle with mathematics.
Since returning home, I have volunteered with a number of Committees, Councils and Commissions. I served on the District 11 Citizen's Bond Review Committee, and was later elected to the District 11 Board of Education (2007-2011), where I served as Vice President and President. I am presently the Secretary on the Global Village Academy Charter School Board — a K-7th Grade Language immersion school and pre-school.
I volunteer as a business Mentor with the Colorado Springs Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) assisting small business get a better beginning for the past 8 years, and serve as their new member recruiter. I am the Treasurer for the Trails and Open Space Coalition (TOSC), working to build and maintain parks, trails and the wilderness areas for all users. I serve on the Colorado Springs Human Relations Commission as Vice President, dedicated to eradicating discrimination in housing, employment and public transportation. I am a Board member with the Pikes Peak Restorative Justice Council which works with healing the harm caused to victims and the community by offenders. I am a facilitator for the Food 4 Thought organization currently working on a project to help our citizens struggling with mental health problems.
I am a recent widow (2013), and was blessed to be married to my college sweetheart for 41 years. Together, we raised a daughter and son who have brightened our lives with five beautiful grandchildren. I currently reside in our home in Old Colorado City and enjoy spending leisure time backpacking, camping, hiking, and biking. I also love fishing and playing golf in our beautiful outdoors.
Hess has raised $1,795, of which $1,000 is a loan he made to his campaign. 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.”
Calef has not filed a campaign finance report as of today. After years of local involvement trying to bring back common sense government to Colorado Springs, Kanda Calef has decided that it’s time to make the leap and be the person voting on behalf of citizens, instead of pleading for politicians to do what’s right.
A sixth-generation Coloradoan, Calef believes that the people of Colorado Springs are exceptional in skills and talents and they need a responsible government to remove restrictive regulations and taxes to allow them to prosper.
Calef believes our current Council and Mayor spend excessive amounts of time and money meddling with the economy and have taken their attention away from citizens’ real concerns: low electric rates, streets being paved, parks being watered, and adequate police and fire protection. Calef says she will continue to be an advocate for the citizens of Colorado Springs.
“It is not government’s role to create jobs,” states Calef. “I believe in the entrepreneurial instinct of our residents as the real job creator and will not get in the way of bright, innovative people that want to build and create! With a responsible government, Prosperity is Within Our Reach.”
Understanding that households and businesses in the area have been hit hard by the sluggish economy in recent years, Calef, now more than ever, sees the need to put as many dollars as possible back into the pockets of residents to put food on the table, pay for heating bills, apply to college funds, or invest in business growth.
Calef has been advocating for her belief in the future possibilities for Colorado Springs for years.
“I’ve known Kanda for a long time and I see her as someone that is honest, forthright, and data-driven. She has already been fighting for us as a private citizen and I am confident that as a member of City Council, she will make sound decisions to best represent us,” says Shane Sandridge, a local small business owner from Council District 2.
Other concerned residents are excited for her entry into the race.
“I see Kanda at our kids’ sporting events and she is so knowledgeable about the goings-on of local government and issues we face. She is an intelligent, engaged woman that loves this city and wants the best future possible for her kids,” says Heidi Zeiner, a local nurse and mom who lives in Council District 2.
In an effort to maintain transparency and objectivity Candidates Plus announced its intention to accept applicants from the Colorado Springs community at large to evaluate candidates for Mayor of Colorado Springs.
A panel of six to eight evaluators will be selected to represent stakeholder groups such as tax payers, business, military, healthcare, travel and hospitality, city employees, utility rate payers, non-profits, the faith community, education, real estate development, minority communities and young professionals.
Community evaluators will interview Mayoral candidates and score them in six categories:
· Networking ability
· Employment and positions of responsibility
· Character and personal/financial/legal history
· Intellectual capabilities and communications skills
· Political experience and plan
· Political philosophy and Positions
Following the interview and scoring process Candidates Plus will publish the Mayoral candidate’s scores online for all voters to see along with a narrative supporting the scores. Candidates will receive a written evaluation and a development plan following the interviews.
Colorado Springs Community members wishing to apply should contact Patrick Davis at 719-536-9809 or by email at PatrickDavis86@yahoo.com before December 1.
Candidate interviews will be conducted in January and grades will be published in early spring, 2015.
Patrick Davis said, “Candidates who have submitted themselves to the Candidates Plus process have improved as candidates and as elected officials. It is our hope that through this process our next election for Mayor will present to voters highly qualified candidates from which to choose. Colorado Springs voters deserve highly qualified candidates and leaders who will campaign and govern with integrity and competency.”
In his current role as Clerk and Recorder for El Paso County, Wayne has earned a reputation for running clean elections that protect the integrity of each vote, the underpinning of our form of government. His reputation is so strong that Wayne was asked by elected officials from the other party to oversee elections in Saguache County when circumstances dictated the need to bring in outside expertise. In addition, Wayne has taken steps locally to maximize ease and access to voting for El Paso County residents while maintaining the integrity of the vote.In the last City Council election, in 2013, only one on the RBA's list of five endorsees, Keith King, was elected. The RBA didn't endorse in the District 1 race, which resulted in Don Knight being elected.
Gessler Announces Video Challenge, Starring You
Deadline extended for video submissions
DENVER, October 14, 2014 – As a competitive state, Coloradans are inundated with political ads every other year. This year, Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler wants to give voters their shot at producing a political ad focused on voter registration.
“We’re always looking at creative ways to reach Colorado citizens to get them registered or remind them to update their registration,” Gessler said. “Here’s an opportunity for Coloradans to share their story or encourage their friends and peer groups to engage politically.”
Aspiring directors and videographers have until October 24 to submit their 30-second videos to the Secretary of State for posting. The videos must share information about Colorado’s voter registration requirements and include a mention of the state’s online voter registration system at GoVoteColorado.com.
Voters will have a chance to cast their preference for their favorite ads and the winner will be announced after Election Day.
To qualify, your video must:
Be your original work
Be no more than 30 seconds long
Be G-rated (no violence, offensive language, or sexual activity)
Mention that voters must be: over 18 years old, United States citizens and residents of Colorado
Tell voters that they can register, or update their registration, at GoVoteColorado.com
Must not endorse or mention any candidates or issues on the November 2014 ballot
How to enter:
All entries must be received no later than 11:59 pm on October 24, 2014
Post your completed video on YouTube
Send a link to your video to Richard.email@example.com
What happens next?
If your video meets the criteria, it will be posted on the Secretary of State’s web site. Make sure to send your friends and family to the site to see your work and vote using YouTube’s thumbs up icon. After the election, the votes will be cast and we’ll declare a winner.
The RBA is but one of many influential groups in the region who are backing the measure, which has drawn strident opposition from anti-tax activist Douglas Bruce. Bruce has this to say about all those endorsements: Vote yes on 1B - Let's fix this!
Images of flooded cars at the Citadel, mud cleanups in Manitou, and intersections closed due to flooding have become a familiar sight in the Pikes Peak region. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. After decades of neglect, our community's stormwater and flood-control systems are crumbling. A 2012 American Society of Civil Engineers report card gave the system an overall D- for safety and condition, and we have a $706 million capital project backlog and need $14 million per year in maintenance. To put that in perspective, the City of Colorado Springs typically spends about $3 million per year on stormwater. It's time to take care of our community and invest in safe, reliable infrastructure.
Based on two years of research, analysis and public input, the Pikes Peak Stormwater Task Force - nearly 200 citizens, engineers, neighborhood leaders, business people and elected officials volunteering thousands of hours - has proposed a comprehensive management plan for voter approval:
A regional stormwater authority that will address a list of stormwater capital projects (55% of funds), emergency needs and master planning (10%) and maintenance (35%).
The capital portion will automatically end after 20 years and the fee will go down.
Work will be funded by a user fee based on impervious surface, capped to avoid economic burden.
Spending on administration will be capped at 1% to minimize overhead, and work will be contracted to local vendors to maximize economic benefit.
The average homeowner would pay $7.70 per month.
The fee is fixed and will NEVER go up. There isn't even an inflation adjustment.
The money can only be spent on stormwater projects, and voters know what they're getting because of the project list, which has been reviewed by an independent engineering company.
A regional authority means all local governments will work together to coordinate efforts and maximize return on investment.
The authority is modeled on the successful, voter-approved Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA).
Addressing stormwater means:
A better local economy
250 new, high-quality jobs each year (University of Colorado Colorado Springs economic analysis)
Lower insurance rates
Well-maintained critical infrastructure - safer roads and bridges
More efficient use of taxpayer dollars because we can prevent problems
Less damage to public and private property
See the "diverse coalition" listed at the tax pushers' website. Apart from politicians (who want more taxes to spend on their campaign donors), nearly all supporters have a financial interest in getting some of the $49 million yearly tax. Look at all the contractors who want to be paid for the drainage work. Look at all the developers who want US to pay for the backlog THEY created. Look at the Gazette, which is in bed with the developers who advertise in that paper. Look at "RBC Dain Raucher," a bond dealer who wants this new layer of government to borrow money (bonds) against the $49 million yearly revenue, so they can get huge commissions (which fix no drainage projects).The proposed fee would raise an estimated $39 million annually, not $49 million, and 55 percent of the fee would sunset in 20 years. The balance would remain in perpetuity to fund maintenance.
Etc. etc. Are you getting the picture? To understand political graft, "follow the money."