COLORADO SPRINGS – A dozen office-seekers hoping to unseat three incumbents and fill another position vacated by term-limits at the top of city government made their pitches to around 80 attendees at the final candidates’ forum prior to the April 2 municipal election.
The forum, hosted by the NAACP at the Sand Creek Library, focused on issues facing the economically-challenged southeast quadrant of the city. Eleven City Council candidates and four mayoral candidates took turns delivering opening statements and answering questions from a moderator and then audience members.
Incumbent at-large council members Bill Murray and Tom Strand are hoping to retain their seats on the board, and the dual-role it serves as Board of Directors for Colorado Springs Utilities. A third at-large seat, currently held by Merv Bennett, will become vacant due to term limitations. In the mayor’s race, incumbent John Suthers is seeking a second term, something his predecessor Steve Bach did not seek. He faces challenge from three candidates.
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CLICK HERE to watch the News 5 Candidates’ Forum from earlier this month.