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The Field of Council Dreams is set, and the race has officially begun — so welcome to our messy, chaotic, wonderfully democratic and deeply satisfying city elections. On April 7, we’ll vote to choose three candidates among 13 aspirants for at-large seats on City Council. In addition, voters in District 2 can choose between Kanda… Continue Reading Build your own government

Westside Neighbors to host mayoral, city council forum

The Organization of Westside Neighbors has scheduled an event Tuesday, Feb, 24, aimed at allowing the community to get to know the city’s mayoral and City Council candidates. The event, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Westside Community Center (17th and Bijou streets), will include a two-hour forum as well as meet-and-greet time before and after, according… Continue Reading Westside Neighbors to host mayoral, city council forum

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Candidates in race for mayor, City Council finalized

As of 9 a.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, there were six official candidates for mayor, 13 candidates for three at-large spots on City Council, two candidates for District 2 and one candidate for District 4. Mayoral candidates include County Commissioner Amy Lathen, former Mayor Mary Lou Makepeace, former Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, former Councilmember… Continue Reading Candidates in race for mayor, City Council finalized

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Why do individuals and businesses donate to political campaigns? More specifically, what motivates local residents and businesses to donate to candidates in non-partisan city elections? In this bitterly partisan era, you know (or think you know) what you’re going to get in a partisan election. Staunch Republicans may have contributed to Mitt Romney’s campaign in… Continue Reading The politics of political contributions

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City infrastructure tops agenda at forum

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Mayoral candidate Mary Lou Makepeace launched the first in a series of “round table” discussions Tuesday morning at the Loft at Sonterra Grill, a downtown meeting venue on Tejon Street, with an hour-long event focused exclusively on city infrastructure. Several dozen Colorado Springs residents were in attendance, while others followed the event on Twitter or… Continue Reading City infrastructure tops agenda at forum

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Glenn candidate for U.S. Senate in 2016

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Glenn candidate for U.S. Senate in 2016

El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate in 2016. “Colorado needs representation from a conservative who has worked his way through the types of obstacles with which nearly all middle-class and lower-income people struggle,” said Glenn, a Republican. “If my entry into this race seems early, it’s because I’m… Continue Reading Glenn candidate for U.S. Senate in 2016

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Collins may face recall election

If she doesn’t resign from the Colorado Springs City Council by Jan. 21, Councilor Helen Collins will face a recall election April 7. Enough valid signatures were submitted to put the recall question on the April 7 municipal election, it was announced Wednesday. The City Clerk’s office determined the committee that initiated the recall effort… Continue Reading Collins may face recall election

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Mayor Steve Bach’s brief Monday announcement that he won’t seek re-election came as no surprise. Nearly a year ago, Bach met with John Suthers at the latter’s request. Suthers, who would be term-limited as Colorado’s attorney general at the end of 2014, told Bach that he intended to run for mayor, citing an oddly disingenuous… Continue Reading Mayor’s exit sets up intriguing race in April

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Miller’s entry changes mayoral battlefield

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Miller’s entry changes mayoral battlefield

Makepeace, Miller, Suthers & Lathen — it has a certain mellifluous ring, don’t you think? It could be a long-vanished New York law firm, sharing an office building with Nixon, Mudge, Rose, Guthrie, Alexander & Mitchell. But as the April 2015 municipal election approaches in Colorado Springs, it’ll be clear that MMS&L aren’t amiable partners… Continue Reading Miller’s entry changes mayoral battlefield

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City seeks applicants for Council seat

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City seeks applicants for Council seat

Colorado Springs City Council is now accepting applications to fill former Councilmember Joel Miller’s position representing District 2, which generally includes the City’s north-central neighborhoods. According to the City Charter, City Council must appoint an eligible person to fill the vacancy within 30 days. To be eligible, a person must be at least 25 years of… Continue Reading City seeks applicants for Council seat

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