Bill Murray to run for District 2 council seat

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Incumbent Colorado Springs Councilwoman Angela Dougan has an opponent in the District 2 council race.

Army veteran and former firefighter Bill Murray announced his candidacy this morning, stressing his military experience, community involvement and familiarity with city issues.

The perhaps overconfident Dougan, who has already raised more than $10,000 for her campaign, told Murray not to bother with a run.

“I’ve already won that seat,” she said.

That conversation, he told me, sealed his decision to run.

Here’s Murray’s announcement.

“A vote for Bill Murray for Colorado Springs City Council is a vote for responsible, mature leadership which will focus on current district and city-wide issues of infrastructure and fiscal responsibility, and wisely prepare for future needs.

“I have been a resident of District #2 for four years, and have watched with pride as our area of the city continues to offer the greatest growth potential, the best schools and arguably the finest quality-of-life environment in Colorado Springs,” said Murray. “Our District’s needs are as important as any in the city, and they need to be addressed and supported by a representative who has the professional background, knowledge and energy to do so,” he said.

Murray wants to make a positive difference in the representation of D2 on City Council. He states that he is not a bureaucrat or politician, but rather, a deeply concerned citizen who desires to be a part of building a new atmosphere of transparency and respect and trust between the members of our City Council and residents of our city. He comes to this campaign as a 32-year veteran of the US Army and a former firefighter/EMS, with a Master’s degree in Administration. In 2010, he served on the Citizens Commission on Memorial Health System, whose recommendations for the future of MHS were recently voted into reality.

Murray is dedicated to research and vote on complex issues without a political bias or being influenced by special interest groups. He will utilize the concepts and goals of the Regional Business Alliance, Quality of Life Indicators, Plan 6035 and DreamCity2020 to benefit not only those who live in Colorado Springs today, but to guarantee the well-being of our future generations. He is the right person, at the right time.”

Murray ran unsuccessfully for an at-large seat on Council in 2011, garnering a respectable total of 25,826 votes. That was good enough for 7th in a field of 16, with the top five winning election. Dougan was elected to the District seat in 2011, receiving 41 percent of the vote in a four candidate field.