Contributed by Tim Coutts, Chief Operating Officer, Central Bancorp & President, CB&T Mortgage
April 5th represents a historic opportunity to participate in the election of our first strong Mayor. As Colorado Springs moves from a city manager form of government to an elected, full-time, salaried executive at the helm, I felt it important to highlight the reasons, beyond the historic “first”, why this is such a an important election.
The City faces many challenges: our financial condition is unsustainable; we are making a large investment in the City’s future with the Southern Delivery System, we are struggling to define the appropriate role of the City in local healthcare with Memorial Health System, and we desperately need to restore trust and confidence in our local elected officials.
Our first strong Mayor will indeed need to be a strong and capable person.
More than ever an informed vote is critical, and educating oneself is also more challenging than ever with a ballot of nine candidates. While fortunate that we have so many concerned and committed citizens willing to serve the community, it requires more time to do your homework. You should also understand that unless one candidate receives 51% of the vote, the top two vote-getters will face a run-off election. I urge you to do your part by studying the candidates’ positions on the important issues we face. The candidates all have websites providing their platforms, and KOAA’s website, www.newsfirst5.com, has an archived video of the February debate. Further, the Gazette carries on-going coverage of the election and has recently come out with their endorsements.
Invest the time to cast an informed vote – we will all be better for it.