2015 City Election Coverage
Colorado Springs Municipal Election Summary
April 8, 2015
Every election carries enormous consequences for the leadership of Colorado Springs, and yesterday was no exception. With voters turning in their mail ballots since the middle of March, City leadership remained uncertain until yesterday evening.
The HBA Political Action Committee had been working for many months interviewing candidates and preparing for the April elections. Thanks to the dedication of our membership through voting, financial support, volunteer time, and sharing HBA communications with friends and colleagues, yesterday's results were very successful.
HBA-endorsed candidates prevailed in four of the five city races where we made an endorsement.
For Mayor, John Suthers received approximately 47 percent of the vote, and will be moving toward a May 19 runoff election with former Mayor MaryLou Makepeace, who trailed Mr. Suthers by about 20 percentage points. The HBA wishes to acknowledge the very difficult endorsement decision regarding the Mayor's race, with Commissioner Amy Lathen also running a very positive campaign and offering a competitive alternative to Mr. Suthers. Commissioner Lathen has been a champion of HBA issues and a leader for the Colorado Springs business community. We look forward to working with her in the future and also want to acknowledge her gracious decision to support Mr. Suthers in the upcoming runoff election.
In District 2, Larry Bagley soundly defeated local activist Kanda Calef by a wide margin of nearly 40 points, finishing with more than 69 percent of the vote. We are pleased to see Councilman Bagley continuing his work on Council and receiving such a strong vote from his district.
In the at-large races, HBA-endorsed candidates won two of the three seats decided last evening:
Incumbent Merv Bennett, President Pro-Tem of the City Council, was reelected and received the largest percentage of votes at 15 percent.
Receiving 13 percent of the vote, newcomer Tom Strand, former President of the District 11 School Board, was also elected to Council. Mr. Strand was able to build an effective campaign and introduce himself to the community.
Congratulations to both Mr. Bennett and Mr. Strand; we look forward to their leadership on City Council.
In the upset of the evening, Bill Murray was also elected at-large, edging out HBA-endorsed businessman Jariah Walker. Both candidates had run for prior City or County offices. While Mr. Walker enjoyed a substantial fundraising advantage, Mr. Murray was able to capture 11 percent of the vote, placing him as a newly elected member of City Council. The HBA wishes to congratulate both candidates for their efforts. We look forward to working with Mr. Murray on City Council and hope Mr. Walker will continue to stay involved in leadership roles within our community.
Once again, we thank the HBA membership for the hard work they contributed to this election season.
Kyle Campbell, HBA PAC Chairman
Classic Consulting Engineers & Surveyors, LLC
The HBA Political Action Committee (PAC) operates as a separate entity from the HBA, raising its own funds through fundraisers and PAC dues. The HBA Board of Directors has no role in selecting candidates or approving endorsements. These are made by the members of the PAC board acting through their own interview and endorsement program. Learn more about HBA PAC.