Contributed by Jill Webb, Director of Business Development, Central Bancorp
Congratulations Colorado Springs on your newly-elected Mayor, Budardave Ghercansenbahrbach. What? There isn’t a candidate by that name? Well there should be – they’re perfect for the job!
I met Budardave Ghercansenbarhrbach. He is the ideal mayoral candidate combining the best ideas of the 8 candidates that sat before us recently at the Colorado Springs Strong Mayor Candidate luncheon. Each candidate spoke with passion, conviction, determination and confidence that they could make right all that has been wrong.
Here are some interesting points that stood out to me:
- Richard Skorman gave examples of his dedication to our city with his vision to convert our natural resources like parks, lakes and trails into assets for the City.
- Dave Munger stressed that education for our young people needs to be a priority as well as collaboration between our local educational institutions and businesses so we can create a strategic business plan for our city.
- Buddy Gilmore spoke to our military and defense contractors being key assets to our city’s growth and how we need to grow entrepreneurs who can build sustainable businesses.
- Tom Gallaher promoted the idea of a good attitude creating a culture of “can do”. He’s a no-nonsense-guy when it comes to the obvious issues we’re facing.
- Mitch Christensen talked about duplication of efforts by several government entities and how we have to address the benefits promised to our city employees.
- Brian Bahr was excited about dissecting the budget to find cost savings to create efficiencies and deploy those saved dollars to neglected responsibilities that we have currently.
- Steve Bach stressed his “been there, done that” experience and his willingness to bring the right people into the room to make the tough decisions that will benefit the city.
I for one am glad that I took the time to attend this informative luncheon so I could gain better perspective about what each candidate envisions for our great community.
Have you done your research? I encourage all of you to visit the mayoral websites and to do your homework before you vote. Let’s make sure the future of Colorado Springs is on the right track. Get out there and vote!