COLORADO SPRINGS – Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers and three newly-elected city council members were sworn in Tuesday morning in downtown Colorado Springs.
In a speech in front of the Pioneer’s Museum in Colorado Springs, Suthers touted accomplishments in his first term and outlined areas where he would like to see progress in his second term.
Suthers credited a “collaborative political environment” for helping him in his first term and helping build Colorado Springs. He called for cooperation among citizens to help achieve the city’s larger goals.
“We need less angry noise. We need less unconstructive fanfare and less contention for contention’s sake. We need more common sense.”
Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers and At-Large Colorado Springs City Council members Bill Murray, Tom Strand and Wayne Williams are being sworn into office this morning. The ceremony will start at approximately 9:55 a.m.
Posted by Mayor of Colorado Springs on Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Suthers mentioned the need for more state investment in infrastructure and called for improvements to residential streets.
“We need to ensure the public safety our citizens deserve, including traffic safety,” Suthers said. “We need to attend to the issues of affordable housing and homelessness.”
Suthers was reelected with 72.51% of the vote in the April 2 election.
In addition to Suthers, at-large city council members Tom Strand, Bill Murray and Wayne Williams were also sworn in. Murray and Strand won re-election, while Williams is serving his first term on city council after his failed bid for reelection in the Colorado Secretary of State race.
Williams is replacing councilman Merv Bennett, who retired.
Williams received more than 47,000 votes, while Murray and Strand received a little more than 31,000 each.