Pam Shockley-Zalabak for mayor?

Fri, Jul 30, 2010


Today’s Business Journal features a story about the mayor’s race.

We list the candidates, announced and unannounced, and evaluate their strengths and weaknesses and list their campaign themes. We omitted UCCS Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak from the list, because it appears highly improbabable that she would leave her present position for four years of ill-paid hurly-burly at City Hall.

Nevertheless, judging from a number of conversations with influential people in the community, it’s clear that many in Colorado Springs are turning their wistful eyes to Ms. Shockley-Zalabak.

Here’s what we initially wrote for today’s story:

“The rumors that UCCS Chancellor Pam Shockley is considering a race are apparently just that, much to the dismay of her many fans in the business community. Nevertheless, having successfully administered a complex public enterprise, she’d have qualifications that few potential candidates could match, especially if Springs voters approve the “strong mayor” initiative in November.

“She wouldn’t just be the best candidate in the race,” said the Chamber’s Stephannie Finley, “she’d be the best candidate in the nation.”

Downtown businessman John O’Donnell agreed with Finley.

“(If Shockley ran) it wouldn’t be a race,” he said, “it’d be a coronation.”

Shockley’s proven competence and experience, combined with the promise of positive change, would drive a campaign message that other candidates would find difficult to counter.

Rumors about a Shockley candidacy, even if driven only by wishful thinking, are likely to to continue until the Chancellor quashes them with an “If nominated, I will not run, and if elected, I will not serve!” speech.

Until then, dream on…

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