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More than 400 local business leaders came out to hear the strong mayor candidates’ views about topics that ranged from Colorado Springs’ image to economic development. The event, organized by the Middle Market Entrepreneurs, had candidates answering questions such as: “You are sitting on an airplane next to the CEO of an internationally recognized company.… Continue Reading 400 turn out to hear strong mayor candidates

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Mayoral candidate forum for business leaders

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A mayoral candidate forum for business leaders is scheduled from 5:15 to 7:45 p.m. March 1 at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. UCCS Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak will moderate the discussion between six candidates, Steve Bach, Brian Bahr, Tom Gallagher, Buddy Gilmore, Dave Munger and Richard Skorman. A networking reception with hors d’oeuvres… Continue Reading Mayoral candidate forum for business leaders

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A wish list for our new strong mayor

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I’m not surprised any more to see unexpected friends and acquaintances whenever I go downtown, but even for me, last October’s meeting was unusual. Stirred by reports of low interest rates, I’d taken a morning off from work, and drove downtown to an appointment with a banker. It took less than an hour to sign… Continue Reading A wish list for our new strong mayor

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Skorman raises $21,000 in 30 days

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In less than 30 days, Richard Skorman has raised $21,000 from 92 donors, not including a $5,000 loan from the candidate. Two donors, Kat Tudor and Tim Remington, gave $2,500, and four others made $1,000 contributions. The remainder came from 86 individual donors, who gave amounts from $25 to $500. The average gift from all… Continue Reading Skorman raises $21,000 in 30 days

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Thanks to their approval of the strong-mayor form of government in the November election, city residents will get what they voted for in 2011: change. Voters will select a new mayor and a seven of nine council members. The new mayor will have powers that his or her predecessors could only dream of, including preparing… Continue Reading 2011 Forecast: A strong mayor, restrained by TABOR

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A piece I wrote in last week’s Business Journal, in which both mayoral candidates and political operatives agreed that an effective campaign would cost as much as $500,000, left one question unanswered: Where would the money come from? In past years, candidates vied for endorsements from four powerful business groups: the Pikes Peak Association of… Continue Reading Who’ll put up all that money for mayoral campaigns?

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Skorman to enter mayor’s race

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Richard Skorman said today he will formally announce his candidacy for  Colorado Springs mayor at 5 p.m. Jan. 4 at Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.

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I’m writing this on the Sunday before Christmas and thinking about my wish list for this holiday season. After all of the turmoil and tumult of the past few years, it’s sometimes hard to believe the Springs made No. 1 on Money magazine’s 2006 “Best Places to Live” rankings. It hasn’t made it back to… Continue Reading Springs’ image makeover and other holiday wishes

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Mayoral race could cost up to $2 million

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Who will win and whether a runoff will be needed remains to be seen, but one thing seems sure about the April mayoral election: It will easily eclipse every previous fundraising record by political candidates in Colorado Springs. In 2003, four incumbent council members sought to succeed Mary Lou Makepeace as mayor. Collectively, they raised… Continue Reading Mayoral race could cost up to $2 million

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Mayor must create and preserve to be remembered

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A couple of years ago, the Business Journal ran a story about the hundreds of well-meaning, carefully drafted plans that were gathering dust in a forgotten city archive. Many were produced in-house, while others were created by expensive consultants. Most were ignored, while some were incorporated into city policies. Maybe the plans were too ambitious,… Continue Reading Mayor must create and preserve to be remembered

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