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This week's cover story by Michael de Yoanna focuses on the El Paso County Commission's internal strife, with Douglas Bruce predictably at the center.

Meanwhile, the Independent is gearing up for something that, so far, is much more civil: the Colorado Springs city election.

We've just completed interviews with all nine at-large City Council candidates, and we've noticed many areas of agreement. All sincerely want to serve; all want our city-owned Colorado Springs Utilities to pursue more renewable energy; almost all stress the need for a thriving downtown; most support the city health benefits "plus-1 plan" and, finally, most want to tweak Bruce's beloved TABOR.

We'll have endorsements next week, but you can check out the candidates at the Independent-KKTV-KRCC-Citizens Project-Comcast forum Tuesday night, March 13, at Penrose Library.

Ballots will be mailed Wednesday, March 14, to registered voters. Inside this issue, you'll find a candidate survey produced and paid for by Citizens Project.

Though this is a largely uncontentious election, our city will be shaped by the results. So get informed and get involved.

John Weiss, publisher

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