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Re: “Poll: Bach leads Skorman

I think that this poll demonstrates the weakness of Bach's candidacy. As Bach is the candidate republicans seem to be gravitating towards, it would make sense for the supporters of the other candidates (except Skorman and Munger) in the first election to now support Bach. If that had happened, he would have had well over a 12 point lead...that he is only 7 percent ahead speaks worlds. If conservatives in this town wont vote for a candidate running only on his "conservative" credentials (as opposed to "experience" or "vision" or "knowledge" or "leadership" or any other type of desirable credentials) something has to be wrong with that candidate

Posted by ussaviation on 05/09/2011 at 12:39 PM

Re: “Neither Bach nor Skorman stands out in mayoral debate

@PlayInSnow & TBFR,

I did my homework, thanks, and this is what I found:

Skorman has successfully run a business of 55 employees for over 30 years; there were only a few times he was on the losing side of an 8-1 vote while he was on council, and most of those votes were in support of civil rights and our parks; Skorman left council to work for Ken Salazar because he was term limited and felt he could better represent the people of Colorado Springs through the office of a US Senator than through the office of City Council-member for only the few remaining months (he was not re-appointed vice-mayor following Rivera's re-election); Skorman has grassroots support, represented most significantly through the enormous number of individual small contributors to his campaign - the vast majority of which live in COS or El Paso County (I looked through all his campaign filings); He is not, in fact, a "deadbeat dad" and he handled the situation that the Gazette story referred to with the utmost honor and dignity; I have also found no evidence that he is a "Liberal" except for the fact that he supports equal rights for all people - most of what I read paints him as a fiscal conservative.

As for Bach, he is a very successful real estate broker, however he has not had the experience of meeting payroll before. Nor has he had any experience in government before - granted, I agree we need a new direction for the city to go in, what we're doing now isn't working. However, I really don't think handing over the reins to a guy whose only concrete policy proposal is to hire a "really good chief of staff." Why are we paying the mayor $96,000 a year if all he's going to do is hire somebody else to do his job?? I am also unimpressed by those who have donated to his campaign - it's a relatively small bunch of very capable donors, contributing in $500 or 1000 increments - not exactly what the average Colorado Springsian can afford.

Like I said, I voted for Bach in the first election. I still think he cuts a very "mayoral" figure, and promotes a "mayoral" image. However, I haven't found anything behind that image...Skorman knows the issues, has put forth a concrete plan of action (Opportunity Springs - its 19 pages and on his website. I'd encourage you to read it in its entirety as well), and has demonstrated through his previous experiences that he cares deeply about Colorado Springs, and every person who lives in it.

Posted by ussaviation on 05/04/2011 at 4:53 PM

Re: “Skorman, Bach offer differing messages to Rotarians

@TFBR - The city is required, by law, to have a balanced budget every year. There can be no such thing as deficit spending on the city level. The "financial hole" you cite as having grown during Mr. Skorman's time on council is an illusion - the city was able to expand services during his tenure! The cuts and shortfalls we're currently facing are a result of the national financial crisis and the refusal of the citizens of this city to pay a level of taxes equal to the level of services they wish to receive. The fact is, Mr. Skorman is the only one who knows how the city bureaucracy works, and knows how to make it work better. Mr. Skorman would not be a waste of the next four years. A waste would be electing Mr. Bach so he can spend the next four years learning how the system works...not fixing it.

Posted by ussaviation on 04/11/2011 at 2:42 PM

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