Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Mayor John Suthers wants a second term

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click to enlarge Mayor Suthers: Wants to give it another go. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • Mayor Suthers: Wants to give it another go.
Mayor John Suthers announced on Sept. 4 he will seek a second term in the April 2019 city election.

"I'm pleased with the progress Colorado Springs has made over the last three and a half years in addressing a variety of challenges and I look forward to continuing that momentum in a second term," he wrote. "At this stage of my career I'm focused on becoming a good ancestor, and when I examine all my options at present, I see continuing my public service as Mayor of Colorado Springs as a great opportunity to do that."

The mayor said he will make his formal campaign announcement in January but will begin organizing and fundraising for his campaign now.

Suthers hinted strongly during the Independent's July 11 interview with him that he wanted to extend his service as mayor.

But he also suggested there might be other opportunities that could entice him away. From that story:
Indy: Your commentary doesn't sound like it's coming from someone who's winding down a four-year term. It sounds like you'll seek a second term.

Suthers: What if someone offered me a job I wanted to take?

Indy: What job would that be?

Suthers: Very few. I have turned down several jobs in the last several years. You know, I think I told you I was asked if I wanted a federal judgeship. I don't want a federal judgeship. I had some discussions with the Trump administration. Obviously, I had a very short life on the FBI [director] short list. That will be a hilarious chapter in my memoir. But they came back to me on some other things, none of which could entice me away from Colorado Springs. It would have to be — whether John Hickenlooper is president or somebody else — not very many things. I think he's [Hickenlooper] going to run [for president]. I'm just saying whoever is president there's a few jobs I would be interested in.
Since Suthers took office in June 2015, voters have approved a .62 percent sales tax to fund road improvements in November 2015, which sunsets after five years, and approved a stormwater fee in November 2017 that charges all residents $5 per month and other properties based on size and impervious surface. That measure lasts for 20 years.

Among other notable moves, Suthers also promoted an overhaul of the 1988 annexation agreement of Banning Lewis Ranch, which was approved by City Council earlier this year, and led the city to sanction a land exchange with The Broadmoor that transferred the city's 189-acre Strawberry Fields open space next to North Cheyenne Cañon to the resort. (That matter is tied up in the courts as the plaintiff in a lawsuit, Save Cheyenne, awaits word on whether the Colorado Supreme Court will consider reviewing an appellate court ruling in the city's favor.)

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