Former El Paso County Commissioner Jim Bensberg has announced his candidacy for Colorado Springs City Council, in District 3. The election will be April 2.
Bensberg, 58, served from 2003 to 2011 on the El Paso County Board of Commissioners representing District 5. Previously, he was the Area Director for U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard.
Bensberg plans to focus his campaign on three city-wide issues.
-Long-term governance of Colorado Springs Utilities.
-City pension problems, particularly with PERA.
Bensberg attended Cheyenne Mountain Schools through 11th grade, graduating from Fountain Valley School in 1973 and Colorado State University in 1977 and went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Technical Journalism from Colorado State University. He currently serves on several local boards of directors including the Workforce Investment Board, Boys and Girls Club, and the Colorado Springs Charter Academy.
District 3 includes neighborhoods in the southwest portion of the city such as Skyway, Broadmoor, Broadmoor Bluffs, Cheyenne Canon, Stratton Meadows, Old Colorado City and the Westside as well as downtown and central Colorado Springs as far east as Union Boulevard and north to Uintah Street.
Bensberg is the only formally declared candidate in the District 3 race thus far, but he won’t enjoy that status much longer. Incumbent at-large Councilor Brandy Williams has confirmed that she’ll be a candidate for the district seat, while District 3 incumbent Lisa Czelatdko has yet to announce her intentions.
Bensberg plans a formal announcement/press conference after the holidays.