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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

Just when you think Colorado Springs might be improving its image as seen by the outside world, we stumble again and expose our unsightly political underbelly for all to see. City Council and mayoral candidates deny climate change. State Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt embarrasses himself, the Colorado Republican party and this city with outrageous comments that… Continue Reading City’s chance to repair damage

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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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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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Try as you will, you won’t find a single mayor/council candidate in this election who’s business-unfriendly. They’re all reading from the same script: more jobs, more manufacturers, more young professionals, more entrepreneurs and mo’ money. And they’re all against the same things: flood, fire, potholes, high utility bills and … did I mention potholes? They’re… Continue Reading Looking for the city’s nastiest candidates

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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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Martin takes small wins, but what’s next?

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Throughout her eight years on the Colorado Springs City Council, Jan Martin has tried to take the high road — even when it wasn’t the popular way to go. She has believed strongly in the need for dealing with stormwater. She feels the city’s residents should be convinced to pay more (yes, in taxes) to… Continue Reading Martin takes small wins, but what’s next?

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Snider’s exit not good for city

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True to his low-key form, Val Snider decided last week to break some news in a different way — on his Facebook page. With no fanfare, Snider made known his decision not to pursue a second term on the Colorado Springs City Council. Snider, a retired Air Force major with a lengthy resumé of civic… Continue Reading Snider’s exit not good for city

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Messages from 1995 still relevant now

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Two decades ago, the daily paper then still known as the Gazette-Telegraph launched a “community-wide discussion about the future of Colorado Springs,” featuring “a series of essays by people in our community.” Cheryl Gillaspie and I contributed the first two essays, which were published May 10, 1995. We had both been re-elected to City Council… Continue Reading Messages from 1995 still relevant now

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