Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Colorado Springs Forward endorses VanderWerf

Posted By on Wed, May 25, 2016 at 2:02 PM

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Colorado Springs Forward is endorsing Stan VanderWerf for District 3 El Paso County Commissioner. VanderWerf is the owner and president of two companies: Advanced Capitol LLC, an aerospace defense consulting firm, and CEM-Tek USA, a 3D printing company. The seat is currently held by term-limited Sallie Clark. 

CSF previously endorsed former Colorado House Minority Leader Mark Waller for the District 2 race and Scott Turner, a retired banker with experience on many community and governmental boards, in the District 4 race. All are Republicans.

The Political Action Committee of the Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs, another influencer in local elections, previously announced its endorsements of Waller, VanderWerf, and Turner. [Not sure what district you're in? Check the map here.] 

In related news, County Commissioner Amy Lathen recently announced that she would leave office early to take the helm as executive director of Colorado Springs Forward. Lathen's planned July 11 exit means that a vacancy committee will pick a replacement to fill her District 2 seat, following the June primary election. Given that there is no Democrat in the race, it seems likely that the winner of the Republican primary will be chosen.

Colorado Springs Forward announces

El Paso County Commissioner District 3 endorsement

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., May 24, 2016 – With three veteran county commissioners retiring from the board due to term limits, the November elections will be crucial for the future of El Paso County. Colorado Springs Forward (CSF) is grateful for the long record of community service by Commissioners Sallie Clark, Dennis Hisey and Amy Lathen.

After extensive discussions with Stan VanderWerf and Karen Cullen – both candidates for El Paso County Commissioner in District 3 – Colorado Springs Forward is satisfied that both of these individuals have shown a deep understanding of business development throughout the region and the impacts of sound, local public policy.

The CSF board of directors believes that both of these candidates are strong choices for the citizens of District 3 and represent the pillars embraced by Colorado Springs Forward.

However, CSF’s board is most pleased with the significant and diverse experience as well as the depth of knowledge shown by VanderWerf. His history of leadership and ability to articulate sound principles, which support economic development, have led CSF to endorse his candidacy for County Commissioner District 3.

“We appreciate Stan VanderWerf’s thorough research into local issues which are impacting the community right now and will continue to impact it long into the future,” said Lynette Crow-Iverson, chairwoman of the CSF board of directors. “We feel he is the best choice to influence local policy and business development.”

In February, Colorado Springs Forward endorsed Mark Waller for El Paso County Commissioner District 2, and Scott Turner for El Paso County Commissioner District 4.


Colorado Springs Forward is a non-profit, broad-based alliance of people and organizations that care deeply about and are committed to the success of the Pikes Peak region. Colorado Springs Forward was formed by a group of community leaders in April 2014, to re-establish Colorado Springs as the most inviting and respected city in which to live, work and play. Board members include: Lynette Crow-Iverson (Chair), Phil Lane, Kathy Loo, Douglas Stimple, Jariah Walker, and Tom Neppl.

Colorado Springs Forward’s mission is to unite the citizens, communities and organizations of the Pikes Peak region to educate, collaborate and coordinate so that, together, they can effectively address the challenges and opportunities faced by our region. They will lead with words and actions, with a sense of urgency, so that together we can reach our full potential and an excellent quality of life. For more information, visit

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