Tuesday, January 13, 2015

City election bits and pieces

Posted By on Tue, Jan 13, 2015 at 3:26 PM

It's up for debate who might be the best person for mayor of Colorado Springs. But it seems indisputable that Attorney General John Suthers is the best fundraiser.

click to enlarge Suthers leads the way with campaign money. - FILE PHOTO
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  • Suthers leads the way with campaign money.
He reports a total raised of $127,790, based on data from his most recent campaign finance report, filed Monday, which covers the first two weeks of January.

Notable donors are Pete Coors, Golden, chairman of the board of Molson-Coors, who gave him $1,000; gubernatorial candidate and former member of Congress Bob Beauprez of Lafayette, $500; Chuck Murphy, owner of Murphy Constructors and long-time Democrat from Colorado Springs, $2,000, and car dealer Tom Perkins of Colorado Springs, $5,000.

Suthers has spent about $10,500 so far. He makes his run official this Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at Ivywild School.

Candidate reports are due Thursday.

The next highest amount that had been raised as of the Jan. 1 report was El Paso County Commissioner Amy Lathen, who's raised roughly $60,000.

Former Mayor Mary Lou Makepeace and former Councilor Joel Miller have raised lesser amounts.

The top two candidates in the 2011 mayor's race, Steve Bach, who was elected, and Richard Skorman, who ran second, raised more than $1 million combined, so the candidates have a ways to go in this race to top that.

In other election news, Bill Murray, retired Army officer, is running for one of three at-large seats. Murray ran for the District 2 seat in 2013, but dropped out to promote Joel Miller's candidacy. Since then, he's been among the most consistent City Hall watchers in town and has been particularly focused on the $250-million City for Champions tourism venture, warning against use of tax money to build a downtown stadium for a market that might not exist.

Here's part of his message that's being promoted on Facebook and his website:
My Philosophy
I will govern within the guidelines of the City of Colorado Springs Charter.
I will govern with total transparency, not just give lip service to it
I will spend the taxpayers’ dollars as if they were my own
I will put the interests of the taxpayers and the community ahead of my political goals
I will constantly strive to reduce the size of government and its regulations.
I will subject myself and everyone around me to the same laws, regulations and requirements the rest of our citizens live with
I will confront and resolve the hard issues of my city and not those that will simply garner votes for myself- citizens first, not my personal opinions or that of any party
I will not support any resolution that does not have, as its underlying principle, have the best interests of the city
I believe that the government can’t always do things better than citizens can do for themselves
I will not accept funding, either before the election nor after the election, from businesses that do business with the City (Yes, this means COMCAST)

My pledge to my fellow citizens :
 To keep our utility rates low, CSU’s service efficient and effective community ownership
 To appoint diverse and qualified members to City advisory boards and committees;
 To restore confidence and trust in our City and its Council;
 To address all issues before City Council with unbiased and open-minded consideration;
 To get things done and not leave unfinished business to the next Council.
As of last week, 11 people had taken out petitions in the at-large contest and two had done so for the District 2 race, which is a race for who will complete Miller's term. He resigned to run for mayor. Six people picked up petitions for mayor, including Lawrence Martinez, who's worked with nonprofits in town.

Filing deadline is Feb. 11.
click to enlarge Makepeace will hold round table talks. - FILE PHOTO
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  • Makepeace will hold round table talks.
Meantime, Makepeace is launching a series of chat sessions and issued this news release today:
Mary Lou Makepeace, former Colorado Springs mayor and current mayoral candidate, will host the first in a series of five round table discussions from 10 - 11 a.m. on Tuesday, January 20 at The Loft at Sonterra Grill located at 28B South Tejon Street in downtown Colorado Springs.

The round tables are being held to explore solutions to our community's most important issues. The first discussion will focus on the Springs Community Improvement Program (SCIP) and the city’s infrastructure needs.

Drawing on her strength and experience bringing people together, Makepeace has invited experts and community leaders to participate in discussions aimed at reaching a consensus and identifying the steps needed to create a cohesive vision for Colorado Springs.

City Council Member Jan Martin and Courtney Stone, organizer at the Independence Center and Community Transit Coalition, will serve as panelists at this first round table. Additional panelists will be announced soon.

The event will begin with a 45 minute discussion and conclude with questions and comments from the audience. The round table is free and open to the public though seating is limited.

RSVP’s are required. Reserve at http://www.makepeace4mayor.com/events-calendar.
Got some campaign news? Email me at zubeck@csindy.com

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