Candidates for mayor of Colorado Springs

Updated: Feb. 19, 2011

There are 11 nine candidates running for Colorado Springs mayor. Eleven. Nine.

That’s a lot of people to consider, and since you’ll want to vote for one of them, we figure it’d be worthwhile to let you know who they all are. If you want to visit the city’s terrible website and try to find this info yourself, feel free. Careful, though, the site is a portal back to a time before the Internet mattered.

Just about all the candidates say the future of the Springs rests on jobs. Jobs, jobs, jobs. Visit their sites, and you’ll see that thread throughout them all. How they manage to make that happen is the key. Can they work with others? Can they make difficult decisions? Can they be fair and transparent? All very good questions. It’s all up to you.

Since Richard Skorman has Oinkety’s vote, we’ll put him first, then the others alphabetically.

Richard Skorman

The 58-year-old former City Council member and Vice Mayor owns the Poor Richard’s compound downtown that includes the bookstore, Rico’s wine bar, Little Richard’s toystore, and the restaurant. Politics aside, these are fantastic places to spend time when you’re downtown. While he might be an “establishment” candidate, let’s remember that he was part of the establishment back when our city was prosperous. Sure would be nice to see that again.

  • Two-term City Council member
  • Vice mayor for two years
  • Board member, Fountain Creek Watershed, Flood Control and Greenway District

Here’s an interesting piece about Skorman from our nemesis and third-place rival John Hazlehurst from back when he was still at the Business Journal.

Steve Bach

You’ve probably seen Steve Bach’s campaign signs. That is, if you’ve been outside. The Briargate resident is a commercial real estate broker and consultant with deep pockets, and according to his paperwork, he says he’s lived in the Springs area for 45 years.

This Gazette blog post offers a decent roundup of his experience. Bach is definitely winning the campaign-sign war.

Brian Bahr

Bahr, a “dedicated conservative,” owns Challenger Homes. He graduated from Utah’s Brigham Young University in 1995, and his career is primarily real estate and development. Bahr has a radio blog, where he discusses his views on Colorado Springs’ issues of the day.

Mitch Christiansen

I get nervous when I see images of the U.S. Constitution in political campaigning. But I won’t judge. Christiansen does seem a little angry, though: He’s running for mayor because he “will no longer sit on the sidelines while our elected officials pass off their personal agendas as public policy and steer our city, a rudderless ship, into the ground.”

In his paperwork with the city he lists his occupation as general contractor, real estate broker, and consultant. Other than an unsuccessful run for City Council in 2006, he has no political experience. The 64-year-old cancer survivor says he has a medical marijuana card, but that he hasn’t used it since 2009.

Kenneth Duncan

The 48-year-old isn’t very revealing in his city paperwork, listing his occupation as “recently laid off” and his political experience as “voter.”

The Gazette’s Daniel Chacon has a great bio at his City Desk blog. So far, Duncan’s the only one who seems interested in wading into the topics of abortion, immigration, and religion.

Tom Gallagher

You’ll learn more about Gallagher from his City Council page than from his own web site, which is “under construction.” Time’s a’wasting, Tom. Better get that site up. He says the Springs is a city in decay and “we’re mad as hell and we’re not gonna take it anymore,” according to this KXRM piece.

He’s known as a strong supporter of the medical marijuana industry, and while the 49-year-old has been beat up on for living in a South Nevada Avenue rental, I find that kind of interesting. He’s often a lone voice on the City Council, which, considering the state of things lately, probably isn’t too bad of a thing. Another great bio from Daniel Chacon at The Gazette.

Buddy Gilmore

Gilmore is the CEO of defense contractor Shape Technologies and is active in veterans issues. Gilmore and his family moved to the Springs in 1987 and attends New Life Church.

Buddy also serves as a member of the Pikes Peak Roundtable, the National Defense Industry Association, International Test & Evaluation Association, the Executive Committee of the El Paso County Republican Party, and Congressman Lamborn’s Defense Advisory Board and his Service Academy Nomination Board. He is a former member of the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce’s Government Affairs & Public Policy Committee and Legislative Watch Council. — Gilmore’s campaign site

Phil McDonald

Phil McDonald, owner of The Uniform Shop, is by far our happiest-looking candidate. He makes a point on his site to mention that he is not a real estate developer, that he does not have ties to anti-tax activists, and does not have ties to political powers. He does, however, have ties (family) to the Donut Mill shop in Woodland Park, which gives him a leg up in my book. He also used to be a police officer.

He calls himself the “average Joe, the working class citizen.” He also says that, if elected, he would fire the police chief and the city attorney immediately. Interesting.

Dave Munger

The 64-year-old Old North End resident belongs to a number of influential groups and community organizations, including Council of Neighbors and Organizations; Memorial Health System’s citizens panel; Downtown Partnership; and Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority citizens panel. Munger is a capital-C Contender.

Kelley Pero-Luckhurst WITHDRAWN

According to his paperwork filed with the city, this student / unemployed nine-year resident says it is his “priority to focus on community service.” He’s working on a bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology at Regis University.

Marvin Venson, Jr. WITHDRAWN

No website. Here’s his city paperwork.

Venson, the first black candidate, says he wants to be a “candidate who listens,” according to this write-up from The Gazette’s Scott Rappold. This candidate says he also isn’t planning to raise any money.

Withdrawal of Candidacy