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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, […]
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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 […]
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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. […]
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State Rep. Kit Roupé (R-17), Colorado Springs, will host a town hall meeting at the Grace Mountain Church, 3195 Airport Road, Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m.-noon. Roupé invited State Rep. Paul Lundeen (R-19), Monument, who serves on the House Education and the Judiciary Committees to join him for the town hall. Roupé serves on […]
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John Suthers might not have needed it in the race to determine Colorado Springs’ next mayor, but he definitely found himself riding a new wave in local politics. Thanks to a surprising late surge, 88,966 voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s municipal election, 1,592 fewer than those who voted four years earlier. But voter turnout, as […]
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You can always count upon Colorado Springs voters to be thoughtful yet unpredictable, eccentric but somehow centered, antic yet logical. What did we find out when City Clerk Sarah Johnson delivered preliminary city election results Tuesday evening? Quite a lot, actually — so here are the answers to a few questions. • Can a united […]
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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. […]
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Most registered voters in Colorado Springs should have received their ballots for the 2015 municipal election, giving you ample time — until Tuesday, April 7 — to make the choices and mail or submit completed ballots. As in the past, the Business Journal isn’t endorsing candidates in contested races, which for this election include the […]
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There were few surprises at Thursday night’s mayoral goat rope at UCCS, skillfully emceed by KKTV’s Don Ward and featuring the usual assortment of questions from a media panel, community leaders, UCCS students and Gazette readers. At this point in the campaign, the candidates have responded to every likely question dozens of times, and have […]
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Bach looks back

In June 2011, Steve Bach took office as the city’s first strong mayor, promising to transform city government, revitalize the local economy and run a lean, efficient, business-friendly administration. Those tasks would have challenged the most experienced politician, yet Bach had never served as an elected official. His decades of business experience had familiarized him […]
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The Field of Council Dreams is set, and the race has officially begun — so welcome to our messy, chaotic, wonderfully democratic and deeply satisfying city elections. On April 7, we’ll vote to choose three candidates among 13 aspirants for at-large seats on City Council. In addition, voters in District 2 can choose between Kanda […]
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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 […]
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