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City Council at-large candidates

Four positions are up for grabs; we've listed candidates in order of appearance on the ballot.

Randy Purvis

Details: 50 years old, attorney, City Council at-large incumbent. Has lived in Colorado Springs since 1983. Member and committee vice chair, National League of Cities.

Education: Juris Doctor, Georgetown University, 1982; BS, Ohio State, 1979.

Elected offices: City Council, 1987-1999 and 2003-present.

Priorities: Work with other communities along Arkansas River to make the Southern Delivery System a reality; renovate City Auditorium; continue economic development; maximize limited resources to help poor and homeless; continue to support parks and trails funding.

Quoteworthy: "I've always been a champion of public safety and neighborhood interests, and making sure we have a semblance of balance in our budgets. ... One of my strengths is that I know where the bombs are buried. ... As for SDS, if we get where we can't satisfy Pueblo, that sets us up for serial extortion."

More information: No Web site. E-mail rwbpurvis@hotmail.com.

Tom Gallagher

Details: 45, City Council at-large incumbent, surveyor for residential and commercial infrastructure, director of construction survey, ESI, a division of Morley Companies Family Development. Red Cross volunteer.

Education: Multiple associate degrees and professional certifications.

Elected offices: City Council, 2003-present.

Priorities: Elected four years ago on promise of asking hard questions, and wants to continue that. Questions Southern Delivery System, believing council should more thoroughly examine the Phantom Canyon Hydroelectric Project alternative.

Quoteworthy: "They tell me the city has wrestled with the question of East-West thoroughfares since the early '70s. So why don't we have one or two? ... I don't think Colorado Springs is the focal point of hate in the universe. ... People have the right to be different. I am the poster child of that that and wasted opportunities. I used to have a ponytail. ... I have more faith in the people who wrote the City Charter than those who want to amend it."

More information: electtom2007.org.

Bernie Herpin

Details: 63, City Council at-large incumbent, senior configuration management analyst, Lockheed Martin Mission Systems, Schriever Air Force Base.

Education: MA, computer resource management, Webster University, 1985; BS, University of Kansas, 1973.

Elected offices: Appointed in 2006 to fill unexpired at-large term of Richard Skorman on City Council.

Priorities: Complete the Southern Delivery System for water needs; support the documented needs of police and fire departments; push for planned and managed growth in the future; finish improvements to stormwater system; support a viable mass-transit system and the Front Range Express.

Quoteworthy: "We don't need to go overboard trying to be a good neighbor with SDS. ... I've made a concerted effort to get out, attending as many events as possible representing the city and meeting as many people as possible. ... I believe marriage was instituted for one man and one woman."

More information: herpins.com.

Tom Harold

Details: 40, Colorado native, owns consulting company that helps small and minority-owned businesses obtain government contracts, chair of Stormwater Enterprise advisory committee.

Education: MBA in international finance, Regis University, 1995; BS and BA from University of Denver. Mitchell High School, 1985.

Elected offices: None. Was a candidate in 2006 for appointment to City Council position vacated by Richard Skorman.

Priorities: Work to attract and maintain new large businesses while developing a supportive environment for small businesses; encourage more community involvement in schools, including public-private partnerships; preserve character of existing neighborhoods and historical assets; promote arts and culture, trails and open space.

Quoteworthy: "Growing up, I never checked the box that said "Hispanic' but I'm starting to check that box now because I'm proud of my heritage. ... I have gay family members. So what? So does most of America. ... Southern Colorado is treated like a stepchild to Denver in terms of a lot of issues. ... We cannot fail on the water issue. We have to make something happen."

More information: tomharold.org.

Bob Null

Details: 59, owner and CEO of Internet service and wireless service provider, retired Air Force colonel, native of Maryland, has lived 20 years in Colorado Springs.

Education: MS in electrical engineering, Arizona State, 1986; BS, Arizona State, 1966.

Elected offices: None, but has served on city and county planning commissions, as well as other civic committees.

Priorities: Push for taking upstream water from Arkansas River, instead of Southern Delivery System; re-enforce faith and trust in the spirit of open government; propose blue-ribbon panel of developers, builders and local leaders to plan for future growth; encourage more leveraging of resources to help city and county work together.

Quoteworthy: "If we don't go ahead with SDS, we will be wasting $70 million. What price will we have to pay for cooperation from Pueblo? I don't know if we can break that stalemate. ... The way the City Council handled the City Charter review was a disgrace, after all the work that went into that. They only talked about it for a few minutes, and then they spend four hours debating about whether someone should have a potbellied pig inside the city limits. ... One of our problems is that we don't measure the water. We guess."

More information:

bobnullforcitycouncil.com.

Dave Martin

Details: 41, general contractor, 14-year resident of Colorado Springs, longtime volunteer youth-sports coach. Native of Georgia.

Education: BA in social science, University of Southern Colorado, 1997.

Elected offices: Falcon District 49 school board, 2003 to present (term ends November 2007), currently board president.

Priorities: Stop waste of money without knowing fate of Southern Delivery System; address rise in local crime by putting more policemen with cars into the community; find ways to work around TABOR when possible; support height limits for new downtown buildings; make sure development pays its fair share of the cost of growth.

Quoteworthy: "After eight years and $70 million for the Southern Delivery System, people should know by now if it's going to work. ... In terms of development, we have to decide how big we can be 10 years, 15 years from now. We have to know how big we're gonna get, and where do we stop. ... The mayor says we're safe, compared to cities like Miami. I don't want Colorado Springs to be like Miami. ... Call me arrogant, but I really think I'm going to win."

More information: votedavemartin.com.

Greg Timm

Details: 52, attorney, developer, commercial property and motorcycle shop owner, has lived in the city since 1983. Developed Stetson Hills.

Education: Juris Doctor, Gonzaga University, 1979; BS, business administration and economics, Mankato (Minn.) State, 1976.

Elected offices: None. Has served on Airport Advisory Committee and Downtown Business Improvement District.

Priorities: Deal with rebuilding needed infrastructure, especially downtown; continue working to develop more east-west thoroughfares; develop options for Southern Delivery System to improve negotiating position; push for separate board to oversee Colorado Springs Utilities; pursue renewable energy sources and biodiesel fuels.

Quoteworthy: "I'm doing this because I want to provide a service to the community. ... We've had enough infighting on the City Council. Some of them are not strong and are not prepared. ... I've always felt that by saying SDS was our only water option, we put ourselves into a corner where we have to take whatever Pueblo wants. ... Our utilities infrastructure downtown is old and crumbling, and the electricity is maxed out. ... Our builders and developers have to be smarter than we were in the 1980s."

More information: No Web site; e-mail gregorytimm@aol.com.

Jan Martin

Details: 56, native of Colorado Springs, small-business owner, civic activist.

Education: MBA, finance/accounting and information systems, Regis University, 1993; BA, elementary education, University of Northern Colorado, 1972.

Elected offices: None. Served on City Charter Review Committee, 2005. Board member of Downtown Partnership, El Paso County Community Outreach Group, Pioneers Museum Foundation, Citizens Project.

Priorities: Bring fresh perspectives and new ideas to city government; invigorate economic development; promote civic engagement; advocate for the arts and culture helping the city do a better job with public-private partnerships; reconsider separate board for Utilities, with council retaining control of rates; pursue re-branding the image of Colorado Springs, emphasizing diversity and tolerance.

Quoteworthy: "There has been too much sameness of thought on City Council. We need to dream a little more of what this city could be in the future. ... Our reputation is taking an economic toll on the city. ... Each person on the council needs to be a champion of something. I made the decision to be a champion of the arts. ... We need to think more about how do we unite the community? People in the northeast part of town are proud that they don't come downtown."

More information: electjanmartin.com.

Larry Small

Details: 65, City Council at-large incumbent and vice mayor, retired from Lockheed Martin after career in aerospace/defense industry. Colorado Springs resident since 1973. Board of directors, Colorado Municipal League.

Education: BS, electrical engineering, West Virginia Institute of Technology, 1966.

Elected offices: Elected to City Council (1991-1993) to serve final two years of vacated District 2 seat. Elected to at-large seat in 2003, and chosen by City Council as vice mayor in 2005.

Priorities: Push for completion of Southern Delivery System; address issues in public safety and economic development, including Fort Carson growth, capital infrastructure, renewable energy, implementation of the Stormwater Enterprise and pursuing responsible, controlled development. Would support an elected board to run Utilities. Work for more minority involvement in city government."

Quoteworthy: "I believe we have a global-warming problem, but I'd rather we solve it ourselves than by mandates. We need to reduce emissions, get away from fossil fuels and use more renewables. ... When you have a representative government, you have to represent the people."

More information: No Web site; e-mail lsmall42@comcast.net.

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