Jan 4, 2011 7:03 PM by Zach Thaxton
An already-crowded field of candidates hoping to become Colorado Springs' first "strong mayor" continues to get bigger. Business-owner and former vice-mayor Richard Skorman formally announced his candidacy Tuesday evening, bringing the number of candidates to 8. A 9th candidate will enter the race on Wednesday.
"This is probably the most people that we ever will have had to run for the City Council mayoral seat," said City Clerk Kathryn Young. "It's going to be a pretty big ballot."
As of Tuesday evening, the list of candidates is as follows, presented in alphabetical order according to last name:
- Stephen Bach, a commercial broker
- Brian Bahr, founder of Challenger Homes
- Kenneth Paul Duncan, a former sales rep
- Buddy Gilmore, a defense contractor
- Phil McDonald, a small business owner and youth sports coach
- Dave Munger, president of the Council of Neighbors and Organizations
- Kelley Pero-Luckhurst, a 33-year-old student
- Richard Skorman, former vice-mayor and city councilman and current business-owner
Mitch Christiansen, a contractor and real estate broker, is expected to announce his candidacy on Wednesday.
The mayor's race is expected to gain even more candidates as the April 5 election approaches. The Colorado Springs City Charter requires that the victor in the mayoral race receive a majority of the votes. If no candidate earns a majority, there will be a run-off between the top two vote-getters.
In November, Colorado Springs voters passed Issue 300 which changed the structure of city government, making the mayor a full-time chief executive position earning more than $90,000 rather than a part-time position wielding equal influence and earning an equal $6,250 annually compared to fellow City Council members.