Monday, February 2, 2015

UPDATE: Suthers takes a bigger cash lead

Posted By on Mon, Feb 2, 2015 at 12:50 PM

John Suthers is way ahead of his opponents in the money department. - COURTESY SUTHERS CAMPAIGN
  • Courtesy Suthers campaign
  • John Suthers is way ahead of his opponents in the money department.
Amy Lathen filed her latest campaign finance report yesterday, reporting she received only $3,225 in new contributions, putting her total raised so far at $65,409. She's spent $16,201.

———-ORIGINAL POST FEB. 2, 2015, 12:50 PM——————-
Former Attorney General John Suthers took an even bigger lead over his opponents in the race for Colorado Springs mayor with his Feb. 1 campaign finance filing.

Suthers has raised $190,096 and spent $21,318. His money is coming from real estate and development interests. the construction trades, lawyers, car dealers, politicians including U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, doctors and retired folks.

Second is El Paso County Commissioner Amy Lathen, who had raised $62,184 as of the mid-January but hasn't filed a Feb. 1 report yet. We'll update when she files.

Former Mayor Mary Lou Makepeace has raised $30,825 and spent $12,936.

Former Councilman Joel Miller has brought in $9,102 and spent $1,174.

Mayor Steve Bach isn't seeking a second term.

Meantime, Merv Bennett has announced he'lli seek a second term as an at-large City Councilor, and issued this statement:
The Building Community with Bennett Campaign Committee Chaired by Jim Johnson of GE Johnson Construction, announced today that at Large Member and President Pro Tem of the Colorado Springs City Council, Merv Bennett turned in his petitions and announced he will seek another term representing all the citizens of Colorado Springs this coming April.

“In recognizing the challenges facing this community it is imperative that we keep Merv Bennett working for all of us noted Bennett supporter and community leader, Katherine Loo “our fragile economy and badly neglected infrastructure system are critical issues facing our city and Merv will continue to work hard finding the correct solutions.”

Merv Bennett who retired in 2011 after 40 years of service to the YMCA immediately began a second career giving back to the community he loves when he was elected to the Colorado Springs City Council in April, 2011 with the second highest vote count in that election.

One of the only Members of Council to receive a report card with an “A” from the Gazette and dubbed by colleagues and community as the “voice of reason”, Merv Bennett has represented the citizens of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region, on the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Board (PPRTA) recently elected as Chair of that Board, on the Emergency Services Agency (ESA) Board, the El Paso County Board of Health, and the Colorado Springs Downtown Development Agency Board.

A champion for business and economic development Bennett Chaired the Nominating Committee for the Regional Tourism Authority (RTA) Advisory Board for the City for Champions, he serves as the Council liaison to the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance’s Board of Directors, that organizations Economic Development Council, and as a member of the Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Board of Directors.

The approval by the voters of the Memorial Hospital lease with the University of Colorado Hospital System (UCH) is only one of Councilman Bennett’s great achievements. His efforts were tireless in establishing the Colorado Springs first Health Foundation. A fiscal conservative, Bennett established the City Audit Committee as well as recommending and facilitating the creation of working committees for the governance of the City and Colorado Springs Utilities including Budget, Strategic Planning, Finance, and Personnel Committees.

“Collaborating with others to achieve the best on behalf of the Citizens of Colorado Springs and our neighbors in the surrounding communities is my first and last goal” Councilman Bennett said, “I have tried to put the interests of the community ahead of personal ambition and believe that this has been one of my accomplishments while maintaining my integrity and dignity in the process.”
Others running for three at-large seats who have filed campaign finance reports include Isaiah Hess, Tom Strand, Longinos Gonzalez and Vicki Tonkins. Incumbent Val Snider has decided not to run, and Jan Martin is barred from second a third term by term limits.

District 2 hopefuls include Larry Bagley and Kanda Calef. This position is open due to the resignation of Miller, who's running for mayor.

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