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Business community should pick candidate now

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Come April 6, Colorado Springs will have a new “strong mayor.” The push to change the city’s governance structure to a strong-mayor form was led by some of the most prominent leaders in the business community, namely Nor’wood Development Group’s father-son duo Dave and Chris Jenkins. They pushed to get the charter change question on… Continue Reading Business community should pick candidate now

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Strong-mayor initiative passes

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Colorado Springs voters approved Initiative 300, the strong mayor proposal, which will change the city’s governance structure. The initiative passed with nearly 60 percent of the vote. The city charter amendment will convert the city’s council-mayor system of government into a strong-mayor system, which will give the mayor broad authority as the city’s chief executive.… Continue Reading Strong-mayor initiative passes

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Mayor Lionel Rivera was one of the first to publicly support the idea of adopting a strong-mayor form of government for the city, but yesterday he spelled out his strong opposition to Issue 300, the strong-mayor November ballot question, because he said it leaves out key provisions he suggested. Strong-mayor proponents didn’t like that. The… Continue Reading What do you think about the mayor’s opposition to 300?

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Mayor Rivera opposed to Issue 300

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Colorado Springs Mayor Lionel Rivera wants voters to be clear about something: He does not support Issue 300, the “strong mayor” proposal that would change the city’s government structure. Rivera sent an e-mail and a clarification letter to the media today saying he wanted to reiterate his opposition to Issue 300 after a newspaper headline… Continue Reading Mayor Rivera opposed to Issue 300

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By Chris and David Jenkins Being fortunate to be in a position to provide much of the seed money and funding for the Initiative 300 campaign, we wanted to explain our motivation and why we regard this as so important for the long-term health of our beloved community. Frankly, our decision to invest this seed… Continue Reading Developers: ‘Strong mayor’ measure will add accountability to city government

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Late Friday afternoon, Citizens for Accountable Leadership, the organization funding the push for a strong-mayor form of government, filed a statement of contributions and expenditures for the month of July, as required by law. The statement showed expenditures of $59,676.26, and contributions of $11,869, the bulk of which consisted of $10,000 from Ronald S. and… Continue Reading Strong-mayor proponents file financial statements

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Colorado Springs will choose a new mayor next spring, a fresh face to lead the city at a time when budgets are uncertain and the future even less sure. So who will it be? The Business Journal has identified a handful of likely and perhaps not so likely potential candidates for the job, identified their… Continue Reading Many eyes are on the Springs’ mayor’s job

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Brian Bahr, owner of Challenger Homes, has announced his candidacy for mayor of Colorado Springs. Bahr started Challenger Homes in May 2000. A press release about he announcement said Bahr will bring “a conservative vision of leadership and trust to a municipality in desperate need of both.” “With the right vision, together we can restore… Continue Reading Challenger Homes’ Bahr enters mayoral race

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An unexpected exit from the mayor’s race

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Politics, with its always-present potential to entertain and horrify at the same instant, delivered big-time this month with the Scott McInnis plagiarism implosion. Why McInnis, a Republican gubernatorial hopeful, hasn’t yet pulled out of the race is beyond most of us, though it sure revealed much about his character. On the flip side, it was… Continue Reading An unexpected exit from the mayor’s race

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The “strong mayor” voter initiative heading for the November ballot would bestow sweeping new powers to the mayor of Colorado Springs, giving rise to an obvious question: who benefits? The mayor would have the power to hire and fire most city employees, to prepare the city budget and to veto most council actions. The proposal… Continue Reading Who will benefit from the strong-mayor initiative?

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