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Contentious, pugnacious, often belligerent, Douglas Bruce is possibly the single most-disliked politician in local politics. Yet his dogged anti-tax crusading strikes a chord with Colorado Springs voters.
click to enlarge Ben Miller -  - Cheyenne Caon -  -  Partner in CPA firm  -  - What comes to mind when you think of Douglas - Bruce? TABOR. He's kind of a pain in the ass. - Anything anybody tries to pass that the city needs, he's - automatically against it, filing lawsuits to stop it. -  - Who is your favorite local politician? Lionel - Rivera. He's a middle-of-the-road guy, a pragmatic - moderate who can look at all five sides of an issue and - come to consensus. -  - Do candidates' personalities loom too large in - elections? I'd say over 50 percent is based on that - instead of on issues, per se. -  - On a scale of 1 to 10, how important is civility in - elected officials? I'd give it a 7. You need above a 5 - for government to work, but government won't work if - all you are is civil with each other, either. -  - In three words, cite the traits most needed by public - officials. Selfless, humble, honest  all of which - are antithetical to ego and the cult of personality.
  • Ben Miller

    Cheyenne Caon

    Partner in CPA firm

    What comes to mind when you think of Douglas Bruce? TABOR. He's kind of a pain in the ass. Anything anybody tries to pass that the city needs, he's automatically against it, filing lawsuits to stop it.

    Who is your favorite local politician? Lionel Rivera. He's a middle-of-the-road guy, a pragmatic moderate who can look at all five sides of an issue and come to consensus.

    Do candidates' personalities loom too large in elections? I'd say over 50 percent is based on that instead of on issues, per se.

    On a scale of 1 to 10, how important is civility in elected officials? I'd give it a 7. You need above a 5 for government to work, but government won't work if all you are is civil with each other, either.

    In three words, cite the traits most needed by public officials. Selfless, humble, honest all of which are antithetical to ego and the cult of personality.

click to enlarge Lisa Montijo -  - Briargate -  -  Firefighter/EMT -  - What does Douglas Bruce call to mind? - Someone who's outspoken and pushes his own - issues. Years ago, he made some comments about - women that turned me off, and I haven't paid attention - to him since. -  - Who's your favorite local pol? Mary Lou - Makepeace. She was always open to visiting with people - and talking about their concerns. -  - Is candidate personality too important in politics? - There's been times when I didn't vote for someone - because I didn't like his or her personality, but I think - people will vote for someone they don't like personally if - they like what he or she does. -  - On a scale of 1 to 10, rate civility as a political trait. - I'd put it at 8 or 9. The focus should be on - discussion of the issues. Plus, politicians should set an - example. -  - Name three key traits in elected officials. - Honesty, hard work, accessibility  they have to - find out what the people want, and respond to that.
  • Lisa Montijo

    Briargate

    Firefighter/EMT

    What does Douglas Bruce call to mind? Someone who's outspoken and pushes his own issues. Years ago, he made some comments about women that turned me off, and I haven't paid attention to him since.

    Who's your favorite local pol? Mary Lou Makepeace. She was always open to visiting with people and talking about their concerns.

    Is candidate personality too important in politics? There's been times when I didn't vote for someone because I didn't like his or her personality, but I think people will vote for someone they don't like personally if they like what he or she does.

    On a scale of 1 to 10, rate civility as a political trait. I'd put it at 8 or 9. The focus should be on discussion of the issues. Plus, politicians should set an example.

    Name three key traits in elected officials. Honesty, hard work, accessibility they have to find out what the people want, and respond to that.

click to enlarge Bill Beard -  - Downtown -  -  Architect -  - What does Douglas Bruce evoke in your mind? - Selfishness. -  - A concern with personal wealth over community well- - being. -  - Who's your favorite local politician? Richard - Skorman. He cared about the community at large, he did - his homework, he listened to people. Most politicians are - speakers, not listeners. Richard actually listened. -  - How essential is civility in officials? - Communication and the ability to listen begin with - civility. Is it even possible to listen well without civility? -  - Name three essential traits in elected officials. - Honesty. Open-mindedness, which makes you able - to hear what people are really saying. Long-term - thinking, as opposed to going for expedient, quick - solutions  recognizing and dealing with complexity.
  • Bill Beard

    Downtown

    Architect

    What does Douglas Bruce evoke in your mind? Selfishness.

    A concern with personal wealth over community well- being.

    Who's your favorite local politician? Richard Skorman. He cared about the community at large, he did his homework, he listened to people. Most politicians are speakers, not listeners. Richard actually listened.

    How essential is civility in officials? Communication and the ability to listen begin with civility. Is it even possible to listen well without civility?

    Name three essential traits in elected officials. Honesty. Open-mindedness, which makes you able to hear what people are really saying. Long-term thinking, as opposed to going for expedient, quick solutions recognizing and dealing with complexity.

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