COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — The Colorado Springs Mayoral election will be headed to a May runoff this upcoming month. The city charter requires mayoral candidates to win 50 percent plus 1 vote to win the election outright. Otherwise a run-off election will be held between the top two finishers. City Councilman Wayne Williams received the next highest vote tally.
We're expecting a release of another round of vote tallies after noon Wednesday.
Yemi Mobolade, Wayne Williams, and Sallie Clark have been the three candidates in the lead throughout the night. If the results stand, it will trigger a runoff set for May 16th, as no candidate was able to get the 50% margin plus one vote.
The Colorado Springs Mayoral runoff election will operate just as this one has with fewer candidates. This election will be between the top two vote-getters of the April 4th municipal election.
Mayoral Candidate Yemi Mobolade met with supporters on the night of the election, joyfully thanking them for their support, and was excited about his hopes of being in the run-off if the results stand. As he sits as of 9:40 p.m. Yemi leads the race with 29% of the votes.
"They said there was no way Yemi has a chance, that Colorado Springs would never vote for a Black immigrant with big dreams of unifying this city, but they were wrong. You the voters have spoken", said Mobolade to his supporters on the night of the election.
The next top front-runner for the Mayoral position is Wayne Williams. Wayne is currently right behind Yemi Mobolade with 20% of the vote as of 9:40 p.m. Williams shared his watch party with the TOPS watch party at Patty Jewett.
"When we saw the first results and we were in the runoff, I was very excited. The fact that the margin actually increased between the first and second results is usually a good sign. But again, every vote has to be counted before we know for sure," said Williams on the night of the election.
You can view the live unofficial results here.
Yemi Mobolade celebrates lead in mayoral race
Wayne Williams among top 3 in race for Colorado Springs Mayor
There are three at-large City Council seats up for election. The three positions will be the next three City Council members serving for the next four years.
There is also a District Three City Council seat up for grabs and finally, the TOPS ballot issue is back on the ballot.
City Council referred a question to the ballot to extend the Trails, Open Space and Parks (TOPS) sales and use tax for 20 years with no increase to the tax.
What does this mean for you? The trails, open space, and parks ballot measure if it passes will see an extension of a 0.1% sales tax or one cent for every ten dollars spent in the city. As the measure states 75% of TOPS money must go toward the city acquiring open space and park property.
The Trails and Open Space sales tax extension measure appears to have gained overwhelming support from voters. As a city, parks funding hasn’t returned to what it was before the 2008 recession. It is often the first to get cut.
Extending the TOPS tax will help to keep our open spaces and trails well preserved. The TOPS tax takes 0.1% of sales and use tax in Colorado Springs.
The Trails and Open Space Coalition is a nonprofit that advocated for the TOPS tax to pass in 1997.
WITHOUT IMPOSING ANY NEW TAX OR INCREASING THE RATE OF ANY EXISTING TAX, SHALL THE EXISTING 0.1% (ONE TENTH OF A CENT) CITY SALES AND USE TAX FOR TRAILS, OPEN SPACE AND PARKS (TOPS) BE EXTENDED FROM ITS CURRENT EXPIRATION OF DECEMBER 31, 2025 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2045, WITH THE SAME USES FOR OPEN SPACE ACQUISITION AND STEWARDSHIP, AND TRAILS AND PARKS ACQUISITION AND MAINTENANCE, THE ABOVE CONSTITUTING NO CHANGES TO THE PROGRAM EXCEPT ALLOWING FUNDS DEDICATED TO MAINTENANCE OF TRAILS AND OPEN SPACES TO BE USED REGARDLESS OF HOW THE TRAIL OR OPEN SPACE WAS ACQUIRED, AND IN THE OPEN SPACE CATEGORY A MINIMUM OF SEVENTY-FIVE PERCENT (75%) OF FUNDS BE SPENT ON ACQUISITION OF OPEN SPACE, AS A CONTINUATION OF A VOTER-APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE AND EXCEPTION TO ANY CONSTITUTIONAL, STATUTORY, AND CHARTER REVENUE AND SPENDING LIMITATIONS THAT MAY OTHERWISE APPLY?
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