Munger to run for mayor

Mon, Jun 14, 2010


So now there are three.

Come Wednesday, according to the usual unreliable sources, Council of Neighborhood Organizations President Dave Munger will join Buddy Gilmore and Tim Leigh in the quest for the mayor’s gavel. Here’s his bio, taken from CONO’s web page.

“Dave Munger is president of the Council of Neighbors and Organizations, having been elected to the position in October, 2008. Prior to that time, he had served as a director-at-large on the CONO Executive Board.

Dave is a retired small businessman and a neighborhood champion. He is the past president of the Old North End Neighborhood Board (2006-2009). He is also active in the affairs of the city of Colorado Springs, serving on the City Council-appointed Citizens Transportation Advisory Board and as chair of its Trucking Issues Sub-committee. He also serves on the El Paso County Community Development Advisory Board, and on the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority’s Citizens Advisory Committee.

In addition, he is a member of the Board of Ecumenical Social Ministries; a member of the Committee for Effective Government, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Downtown Partnership, and the Friends of Monument Valley Park; and a member of First United Methodist Church. He has attended Colorado Springs Citizens Academy and the Partnership for Community Design Community Planning and Design Workshop.”

And if that’s not enough, Munger currently serves on the Memorial Commission, which has been charged with finding a solution to the Memorial Health Systems problem (or problems, if any such exist).

The commission’s pace has been torpid and uncertain.  Three original appointees have already quit, and the commission is still busy with what we might call “meta-meetings,” i.e. meetings about meetings.  But they’ve hired a consultant who is energetically consulting and they’re scheduled to hold an actual meeting, as opposed to a meta-meeting, come June 29th.

To serve on so many boards and commissions and to attend so many meetings requires patience, dedication, and certain physical characteristics.

Those characteristics include a rear end of iron, a capacious bladder, and the ability to appear alert and involved while daydreaming or dozing.

Given his resume, Munger has probably attended more community-centric meetings than any Colorado Springs resident who has not served as an elected official. That may be to his benefit, since any member of city council must attend innumerable such functions.  That’s doubly true of the Mayor…but wait a minute!

If any of the “strong mayor” initiatives passes, the mayor will no longer be a member of city council.  He won’t have to go to most of these meetings; instead, he/she will convene meetings in the comfort of the mayoral chambers. Meetings, meta-meetings begone – da mayor will be da boss!  You think Boss Tweed, or Fiorello LaGuardia, or Michael Bloomberg ever wasted their time in meetings they didn’t absolutely control? Nope.

So what about leadership skills, as opposed to meeting skills?

Remember when Munger, in his capacity as president of the old north end neighborhood board, led the charge against Holger Christianson’s ordinance – violating “Great Wall of Cascade Avenue?”

I can see it now: a handsomely photo shopped likeness of Munger and Ronald Reagan standing side by side next to a forbidding brick wall, captioned “Mr. Christianson: tear down this wall!”

Kidding aside, Munger’s a good guy, as are his two opponents.  I’d vote for any of them for council, but, as I’ve said before, I’d be a lot more comfortable if they’d served a term or two in petty elected office before aspiring to the big time … but, as a friend kindly pointed out, the Mayor of Colorado Springs is in fact a petty elected official.

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