Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Cyber campaigning for Colorado Springs mayor

Posted By on Tue, Dec 2, 2014 at 11:28 AM

  • Courtesy LathenForMayor
Family sells in a conservative community like ours, and two of the three leading candidates in the race for Colorado Springs mayor are prominently featuring their families on their campaign websites.

El Paso County Commissioner Amy Lathen's brood, at right, includes a doggie, always a good ploy. (In fact, the website says the family "decided to raise a puppy to be trained to serve a sight impaired person as a guide dog." The dog, Falcon, was a black lab, so apparently the one pictured is a different one.)

Then her site says this about her background:
Amy was born in Denver, Colorado in 1967. Raised in a small town in Nebraska, Amy moved back to Colorado in 1984 and has lived in Colorado Springs ever since. Amy graduated from Rampart High School in 1986 and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Psychology. Amy has been married to Bob since 1992 and has 3 children. Her hobbies include camping, fishing, shooting and non-stop activities with her family
John Suthers, who will kick off his campaign after he leaves his post as attorney general in January due to term limits, also has a shot of him and his family on his campaign website. Not quite as folksy, but wife and daughters are looking proud and happy, below.

  • Courtesy SuthersForMayor
Suthers provides this description of his background, pulling at the old heartstrings and noting his can-do philosophy began way back when:
John was adopted by Pat and Bill Suthers when he was three weeks old. His father had trained at Fort Carson in 1942 and his parents moved to Colorado Springs in 1946. John attended grade school and high school in Colorado Springs, graduating from St. Mary’s High School in 1970.

John’s father died when he was fifteen and financing college was a challenge. He earned a full academic scholarship to the University of Notre Dame where he graduated magna cum laude. Law school at the University of Colorado followed where he graduated in the top quarter of his law school class. After graduation he became a Deputy District Attorney in Colorado Springs and was later promoted to Chief Deputy in charge of the Economic Crime Division. While there, he earned a reputation as an excellent trial lawyer. 
Then he scores points by highlighting his daughters' accomplishments, as well as those of his wife:
John and his wife Janet have two daughters. Alison is a Deputy District Attorney in Denver and Kate is a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy Reserve, presently deployed to Djibouti, Africa. Janet also grew up in Colorado Springs. She earned her MBA from UCCS and is retired from HP/Agilent. She is a lifelong community volunteer in Colorado Springs, including service on the District 12 School Board and the City Planning Commission.
But there's no family shot to be found on Mary Lou Makepeace's campaign website. She's been divorced for awhile but does have kids and grandkids. There is this very nice portrait of Makepeace, mayor from 1997 to 2003, but the site is short on biographical information.
  • Courtesy Makepeace4mayor
Here's the only thing we could find:
Having originally run on the platform “Kids, Cops, and Cars,” Mary Lou Makepeace aspires to set Colorado Springs back on the right path, gain cooperation among City Council and City offices, and establish Colorado Springs as an Economic Prosperity Hub and Innovator in Colorado.
However, Makepeace's site has a couple places where visitors can see who's volunteering and who's giving money.

So far, none of the candidates have a specific place on their sites for endorsements.

Joel Miller, a pilot, who resigned late last month from City Council to run for mayor, is using a Facebook page and has this photo there of his family, although this appears to have been posted when he ran for Council in 2013.
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Suthers has spent $112.50 on website design, while Lathen spent $375 on photos and has received $10,535 in services from Blakely & Co. consulting firm, which probably covers a lot more than mere website management. Makepeace has shelled out only $33 for a website domain name.

Miller hasn't filed a campaign finance report yet, having just entered the race. Another candidate, Justine Herring, doesn't have a site that we could find.

Mayor Steve Bach hasn't said whether he'll seek a second term, and we couldn't find a website for a re-election campaign.

Happy cyber-campaigning to all the candidates.

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