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Who and what to expect in your Colorado Springs municipal election in April

The Colorado Springs municipal election is scheduled for April 4, 2023, and there are three races on the ballot.

Voters will elect a new mayor because current mayor John Suthers cannot run for re-election due to term limits. Voters will also elect three new general councilors and a city councilor to represent District 3, which covers southwest Colorado Springs and part of downtown.

Those wanting to run for office had until Monday, January 23 to submit nomination petitions. Potential candidates have until Friday, January 27 to correct any deficiencies in their petitions. This is also the date to formally withdraw their candidatures.


mayor

Current Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers is barred from running for office due to term limits, meaning the city will see its third new mayor since voters adopted a strong-mayor form of government in 2010. Candidates who qualified for the April 4, 2023 election have submitted at least 100 verified signatures of registered voters. They are as follows, in the order they appear on the City of Colorado Springs website:

  • Sallie Clark
  • Andrew Dalby
  • Darryl Glenn
  • Longinos Gonzalez Jr.
  • Lawrence Martinez
  • Jim Miller
  • Blessing “Yemi” Mobolade
  • Kallan Reece Rodebaugh
  • tom beach
  • John Tiegen
  • Wayne Williams

If no candidate receives the majority of the votes, a runoff between the two top candidates will take place in May.

At-Large City Council Members

Colorado Springs voters will elect three general council members, all of whom will be new faces on the council. Candidates who qualified for the April 4, 2023 election submitted at least 100 verified signatures of registered voters. They are as follows, in the order they appear on the City of Colorado Springs website:

  • Glen Carlson
  • Lynette Crow-Iverson
  • Chinata Davis
  • Catherine Gayle
  • Jane Northrup Glenn
  • Jay Inman
  • Jaymen Johnson
  • Gorden Klingenschmitt
  • David Leinweber
  • Roland Rainey Jr.
  • Brian Risley

Colorado Springs District 3

District 3 of Colorado Springs includes the southwest portion of the city and portions of downtown. The elected candidate has an indefinite term of office of 2 years. Candidates who qualified for the April 4, 2023 election have submitted at least 50 verified signatures from registered voters in the district. They are as follows, in the order they appear on the City of Colorado Springs website:

  • Scott Hiller
  • Michelle Renee Talarico

Refered ballot measure

The Colorado Springs City Council referred a measure to the vote aimed at extending the Trails, Open Space and Parks (TOPS) sales tax. The extension would be for 20 years and would not increase the tax. It would change the use of the tax so the revenue could be used for the maintenance of pathways and open spaces. It also said that at least 75 percent of funds in the open space category would be used for open space acquisition.


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