Thursday, February 12, 2015

Suthers scores HBA endorsement

Posted By on Thu, Feb 12, 2015 at 12:47 PM

click to enlarge Suthers gets another boost.
  • Suthers gets another boost.
Developers and builders have come out in support of former Attorney General John Suthers in the race for Colorado Springs mayor.

The endorsement, by the Political Action Committee of the Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs, was announced today and follows meetings with three "strong candidates" that were not named in the news release.

(Others running for the seat include former Mayor Mary Lou Makepeace, El Paso County Commissioner Amy Lathen, former Councilor Joel Miller, Tony Carpenter and Lawrence Martinez.)

From the release:
“It is unusual to have so many well-qualified candidates, with so many years of experience and successful service to the region,” according to Kyle Campbell, HBA PAC Chairman. “However, the opportunity to have John Suthers continue his public career in his hometown of Colorado Springs by moving from Colorado Attorney General to Mayor of Colorado Springs was judged to be an important opportunity for the City and the HBA PAC made the decision to endorse Mr. Suthers for Mayor.”

Suthers’ governmental background, insights into City issues, executive experience managing the Attorney General’s office, and agenda for the City and its staff were cited as some of the strengths which were persuasive to the committee and contributed to the endorsement. 
The HBA also endorsed incumbent Merv Bennett, Tom Strand and Jariah Walker for the three at-large Council seats. In District 2, a seat vacated by Miller's resignation to run for mayor, the HBA backs Larry Bagley, who was appointed until the April 7 election. The HBA didn't take a stand in the District 4 recall of Helen Collins, who faces pastor Myron Pierce, who moved here two years ago.

The HBA's support usually means lots of campaign contributions from its members who work in the development business, including builders, developers, remodelers, trade contractors, suppliers, mortgage lenders, Realtors, title companies, interior designers, architects, and landscapers.

Suthers is already leading the pack with campaign money, so this means he'll be raking in even more. Suthers picked up the endorsement of Colorado Springs Forward last week.

In other campaign news, the field has been set, and a list of candidates can be found here.

Also, Lathen announced several meet-the-candidate meetings:

Feb. 15 — 10 a.m. to noon at The Coffee Exchange, 526 S. Tejon St.

Feb. 20 — 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Maria’s Taco Shop, 2812 E. Pikes Peak Ave.

Feb. 23 — 6 to 8 p.m. at Gold Hill Mesa, 142 South Raven Mine Drive #200.

Mar. 23 — 6 to 8 p.m. at Cordera Community Center, 11894 Grand Lawn Circle.

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