Wednesday, February 1, 2017

UPDATE: Colorado Springs City Council election news

Posted By on Wed, Feb 1, 2017 at 5:26 PM

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UPDATE:

A couple of candidates have filed the Feb. 1 reports, which changes their totals. They are as follows:

Yolanda Avila in District 4: Raised, $6,361, spent, $3,641.

Jill Gaebler in District 5: Raised, $14,684, spent, $3,210.




——————-ORIGINAL POST 5:26 P.M. WEDNESDAY, FEB.1, 2017———————

Colorado Springs City Council campaigns are well underway, so it's time to rev up the election blog to report on forums, campaign finance and endorsements.

The election is April 4. Please register and participate.

FORUMS
The Council of Neighbors and Organizations will hold three candidate forums. Only the southwest District 3 and southeast District 4 races will be featured.
CONO spokesperson Sarah Poe explains via email:
CONO decided to do the Dist 3 & 4 forums only because of the work we are currently doing in the SE neighborhoods. The community centers expressed interest in having forums hosted on-site to really encourage a bigger voter turnout in the zipcodes 80916 and 80910- which are always low.

We will have people there ready to register voters on site and we will have questions regarding the concerns in those neighborhoods- transportation, safety, connectivity, parks, trails, etc.

We are only planning these 3 forums so far but will support others initiated by neighborhoods as they arise. 
The forums are as follows:

District 3: 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 21, Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute St.

District 4: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24, Deerfield Hills Community Center, 4290 Deerfield Hills Road.

Districts 3 and 4: 6 to 8 p.m. March 1, Meadows Park Community Center, 1943 S. El Paso St.

CAMPAIGN FINANCE
We took a peek at what candidates have raised so far (incumbents are marked with an *):

District 1:
Don Knight*: Raised $1,540, spent $750.
Greg Basham: No report.

District 2:
David Geislinger. No report.

District 3:
Richard Skorman: Raised, $5,000 via a loan from the candidate, spent $1,667.
Chuck Fowler: No report.

District 4:
Helen Collins*: Raised $4,766, spent $40. Over half of her money was carried forward from a past campaign. (Former City Councilor Joel Miller and his wife, Anita, donated $150.)
Yolanda Avila: Raised, $2,781, spent $1,962. No Feb. 1 report.
Deborah Hendrix: Raised, $18,225, spent $9,950. Donations are coming from developers, such as Elite Properties, which gave $2,500 this cycle. All her spending has gone to Sarah Jack, a campaign manager hired by Colorado Springs Forward.

District 5:
Jill Gaebler*: Raised $10,869, spent $2,476. Cash on hand: $8,893.
Lynette Crow-Iverson: Raised, $20,130, spent $13,817. Lots of money is flowing into this campaign from developers, such as Ralph Braden, Vantage Homes and Jeff Smith, and business people. The only expenditures have been paid to Sarah Jack.

District 6:
Andy Pico*: Raised, $1,032, spent $48. Most of his money has come from a hold-over of his last campaign. No Feb. 1 report.
Melanie Bernhardt: No report.
Robert Burns: No report.
Janak Joshi: No report.

ENDORSEMENTS:
The HBA has made its big announcement:
The Political Action Committee of the Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs (HBA PAC) has been working the last several months to identify visionary leaders for the April 4, 2017 municipal election. All six City Council District seats are on the ballot in this election.

Members of the HBA PAC have invested many volunteer hours meeting with candidates, who were evaluated based on several criteria, including their service to the Colorado Springs community, knowledge of City government, and demonstrated leadership to the community, as well as their background, availability to devote to public service, and ability to field an effective campaign.

Among the number of impressive candidates this election cycle, six received the HBA PAC endorsement. The candidates were endorsed based on their leadership, collaboration skills, community involvement, business experience and commitment to supporting and promoting sound economic development policy. They are as follows: Greg Basham (District 1), Dave Geislinger (District 2), Chuck Fowler (District 3), Deborah Hendrix (District 4), Lynette Crow-Iverson (District 5), and Andy Pico (District 6).

“We were inundated with a slew of qualified candidates,” said Kyle Campbell, HBA PAC Chairman. “We are pleased to endorse candidates with strong business backgrounds who believe in the process of city government, the principles of limited government, and allowing the private sector to work. All endorsed candidates demonstrate great leadership skills and the ability to build a consensus and will be an asset to our community as members of City Council. We look forward to working together with the newly-elected council members.”

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