Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Election: Suthers, Williams, Strand and Murray win; Issue 1 defeated

Posted By on Wed, Apr 3, 2019 at 10:53 AM

click to enlarge City voters line up to drop off their ballots on Election Day, April 2. - PAM ZUBECK
  • Pam Zubeck
  • City voters line up to drop off their ballots on Election Day, April 2.

On April 2, Colorado Springs voters selected a mayor and three at-large City Councilors and decided a collective bargaining issue for city firefighters known as Issue 1.

Unofficial results show Mayor John Suthers scored a decisive victory in his bid for a second term with 66,847 out of 91,713 total mayoral votes.

Issue 1, which Suthers opposed, was solidly panned by voters, with 62,657 voting no to 29,722 voting yes.

With 11 candidates vying for three seats, the Council races were closer. Wayne Williams, the former Colorado Secretary of State, received the most votes, 45,687. Next was incumbent Bill Murray with 30,137 votes. Incumbent Tom Strand rounded out the winners with 29,919 votes.

Former Colorado Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt, famous for his anti-LGBTQ stances came the closest of the rest with 27,063 votes, followed by Terry Martinez, the former school principal, with 25,974 votes.

The Indy editorial board endorsed Suthers, Williams, Murray and Martinez and supported Issue 1.

Reporter Faith Miller was at the Thirsty Parrot on election night, where supporters of Issue 1 had gathered. The mood was glum.
click to enlarge It was a disappointing night for Issue 1 supporters, who gathered at the Thirsty Parrot. - FAITH MILLER
  • Faith Miller
  • It was a disappointing night for Issue 1 supporters, who gathered at the Thirsty Parrot.

She ran into Murray, who expressed surprise that Klingenschmitt, who represents far-right views that feel more emblematic of the area's '90s politics, was doing so well.

"What I'm shocked about is Gordon," he said. "I would not have thought."

Meanwhile, reporter Pam Zubeck was at the Gold Room, where Suthers was delivering a speech.

"I will always do what I believe is best for Colorado Springs," he told the crowd. " There's a good chance this will be my last election night party."

click to enlarge Mayor John Suthers speaks at the Gold Room. He just won a second term. - PAM ZUBECK
  • Pam Zubeck
  • Mayor John Suthers speaks at the Gold Room. He just won a second term.

Suthers noted that he had run seven times and won six elections - his first was for district attorney in 1988. He said that he always ran positive campaigns. 

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