Lathen, 47, has served six years as the District 2 county commissioner.
She has been a key member of the Stormwater Task Force, and has served as a member or liaison to “over 15 different offices, departments and committees.” She has been chosen by her peers to serve two-year terms as chair and vice-chair.
Lathen’s announcement signals the beginning of the city Mayoral race. Term-limited Colorado attorney General John Suthers announced Tuesday morning he will also run for Mayor. Mayor Steve Bach has not yet decided whether to run for a second term, and appears to be in no hurry to do so.
Other candidates are expected to surface in coming weeks, but Lathen’s announcement may give some of them pause.
Lathen made one specific promise: to move the Mayor’s office to City Hall. Such a move would signal her determination to build a collaborative and fruitful relationship with City Council.
“It is time for professional and respectful relationships between the Mayor and members of City Council,” Lathen said, “as well as all regional leadership. Despite differences, civility must be restored.”
Here’s the press release.
El Paso County Commissioner Amy Lathen will be a candidate for Mayor in next April’s Colorado Springs Municipal election.
Born in Denver in 1967, Amy is a Colorado native and 30-year resident of Colorado Springs. She and her husband Bob have been married 22 years and have 3 children ages 20, 17 and 11.
Both Amy and Bob are graduates of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Amy with her Bachelor degree and Bob with his M.B.A. Following years of diverse community service and being a deeply involved citizen within our City, Amy is currently representing citizens as the District 2 commissioner on the El Paso County Board of County Commissioners where she has served since January, 2008. Amy has held leadership positions on the Board for 5 of her 6 years including two years as Vice-Chair and two years as Chair.
Since being on the Board, Amy has served as member of or liaison to over 15 different offices, departments and committees throughout our community.
“After deciding not to pursue this office earlier in the year, I am deeply honored by a renewed effort by organized citizens asking me to consider this tremendous responsibility once again. I have respectfully and very carefully considered the input that I have received and the importance of this role. I must be sure that this would be the right decision for the City and also for my family.
“At this time, with the support of people throughout this community and the experience and collaborative potential that I bring to the table, I am ready to work with city staff, regional leaders and the citizens and business owners of this community to bring new ideas, common sense, open access, civil discourse, line-level customer service, economic vitality and regional collaboration to the office of Mayor.” -Amy Lathen
Amy is putting her campaign team together and working to organize all aspects of the campaign. A formal announcement may be expected soon at which time she will outline specific items and key initiatives for consideration by the citizens of Colorado Springs in the coming election.
“It is time to UNLOCK the doors of the Mayor’s Office. It is time to move the Mayor’s Office to City Hall with City Council in order to begin real work and collaboration. The citizens of this extraordinary City deserve open access to their City government. It is time for professional and respectful relationships between the Mayor and members of City Council, as well as all regional leadership. Despite differences, civility must be restored.
“All citizens and leaders deserve civilized respect, friendliness and diligent, efficient delivery of services. Above all, we deserve collaborative, focused, experienced leadership for this City. I am dedicated to this City, my home, and to the work which lies ahead.” -Amy Lathen