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Words of advice for Council candidates

During my brief career in politics, I ran for office on four separate occasions. In 1989, I ran for the District 20 school board and lost. Two years later, I ran for an at-large City Council seat and barely made it, taking the fourth and final position by a few hundred votes. Four years later,… Continue Reading Words of advice for Council candidates

City Councilors Jan Martin and Val Snider reached the end of the political trail Tuesday afternoon when they sat through their last, mercifully brief Council meeting. Term limits forced Martin to leave the dais, while Snider declined to run for a second term, choosing to run ultra marathons instead. Martin and Snider will be missed.… Continue Reading Council era ends as Martin, Snider bid farewell

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You can always count upon Colorado Springs voters to be thoughtful yet unpredictable, eccentric but somehow centered, antic yet logical. What did we find out when City Clerk Sarah Johnson delivered preliminary city election results Tuesday evening? Quite a lot, actually — so here are the answers to a few questions. • Can a united… Continue Reading Springs voters follow usual pattern

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Election day arrives; early look at probable outcomes

In a few hours, sometime after 7 p.m. tonight, April 7, we’ll know the 2015 city election outcomes – but there’s still time to speculate about the results. In the spirit of forecasting the Academy Awards, here are a few questions that only the voters can answer. Will there be a mayoral runoff election? Yes.… Continue Reading Election day arrives; early look at probable outcomes

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Yes, government should help create jobs

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Here’s a profoundly irritating campaign trope, to which most of our council/mayor candidates seem to subscribe: “Governments don’t create jobs — companies, entrepreneurs and people create jobs. The role of government is to remove obstacles to business and stick to the basics — public safety, infrastructure and parks!” That sounds great on the campaign trail,… Continue Reading Yes, government should help create jobs

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Don’t forget the ballot issues

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Most registered voters in Colorado Springs should have received their ballots for the 2015 municipal election, giving you ample time — until Tuesday, April 7 — to make the choices and mail or submit completed ballots. As in the past, the Business Journal isn’t endorsing candidates in contested races, which for this election include the… Continue Reading Don’t forget the ballot issues

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Manitou administrator brings new approach

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Manitou administrator brings new approach

More than 20 years ago, traveling from New Hampshire to California, Jason Wells stopped in Denver to visit a friend. As is the story for many transplants to Colorado, Wells fell in love with the state, the weather, the people, and says he’s “still visiting.” He earned his bachelor’s degree, law degree and a master… Continue Reading Manitou administrator brings new approach

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Bach looks back

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Bach looks back

In June 2011, Steve Bach took office as the city’s first strong mayor, promising to transform city government, revitalize the local economy and run a lean, efficient, business-friendly administration. Those tasks would have challenged the most experienced politician, yet Bach had never served as an elected official. His decades of business experience had familiarized him… Continue Reading Bach looks back

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There were few surprises at Thursday night’s mayoral goat rope at UCCS, skillfully emceed by KKTV’s Don Ward and featuring the usual assortment of questions from a media panel, community leaders, UCCS students and Gazette readers. At this point in the campaign, the candidates have responded to every likely question dozens of times, and have… Continue Reading UCCS election forum: Observations and reflections

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City releases stormwater expenditure report

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City releases stormwater expenditure report

City officials released this week a comprehensive list of stormwater expenditures from 2004 through 2014 to give citizens a more comprehensive picture of total spending. According to a news release issued by the city, the stormwater program for the city of Colorado Springs has included substantial spending over the past 15 years on “new flood control… Continue Reading City releases stormwater expenditure report

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