Thursday, January 6, 2011

Paige to run for at-large Council seat

Posted By on Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 8:34 PM

Appointed District 3 City Councilman Sean Paige has announced he will run for an at-large council seat this April.

Paige, who was a long-rumored mayoral candidate, is known for his strong Libertarian views. He is the former editorial page editor of the Gazette and currently runs his own Web site.

Paige was not expected to run for his District 3 seat, because voters in that district tend to be moderate. Currently, former Democratic state representative Michael Merrifield and former Council candidate Lisa Czedlatdko are vying for the District 3 seat.

In a release, Paige said he had a plan for the city.

The “Freedom City plan” will have broad appeal because it’s a vision in tune with local values and it builds on the city’s freedom-oriented traditions. It’s no more “radical” or “extreme” than what the nation’s founders had in mind when they laid down the basic responsibilities of government and set the rest of us free to pursue our dreams, our happiness and our prosperity without excessive government intervention. I see a great future for Colorado Springs if it ignores those who see its pro-freedom values as something to be embarrassed about and rejected, rather than something to celebrate, build-on and advertise to the rest of the country.

I remain an accidental and reluctant politician, who takes this on as a choice only because voices like mine have too often been lacking in city leadership. I’m not afraid to court controversy or conflict in order to do what I think is best for the people who pay the bills. I’ll continue to serve as their outspoken advocate — as an “outsider” on the “inside” — by asking tough questions, holding the line on government growth, seeking creative “out-of-the-box” solutions to the city’s problems and pushing for structural and cultural change inside the city and its enterprises.

The other candidates vying for five at-large council seats are: Former fire department battalion chief Tommy Exum, retired Air Force officer Daniel Reifschneider, commercial real estate broker Tim Leigh, former city employee and perennial candidate Tony Carpenter, retired YMCA executive Merv Bennett, and engineer Brandy Williams.

There are also three Council candidates for the District 2 seat: Larry Bagley, Angela Dougan and Michael Terry.

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