Herpin to seek re-election

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City Councilor Bernie Herpin has announced he will seek re-election in the newly created City Council District 5.

Herpin already has two opponents in the race, Rev. Al Loma and nonprofit administrator Jill Gaebler.

Herpin was an appointed City Councilor from 2006 to 2007. He was elected to represent District 4 in 2009. As one of the longer-serving Councilors, Herpin has developed understanding of processes at the city and Colorado Springs Utilities.

The Councilor has at times stood with Mayor Steve Bach. This year, for instance, Herpin supported the mayor's budget and approved a downtown ban on solicitation that Bach advocated.

But Herpin has also opposed actions advocated by the mayor. For instance, thus far, Herpin has supported installation of Neumann Systems technology at the Martin Drake Power Plant, which the mayor staunchly opposes.

Here's the release:

Bernie Herpin Announces Reelection Bid for Colorado Springs City Council

Colorado Springs, December 3, 2012 — Colorado Springs City Council Member Bernie Herpin announced today that he will seek reelection to the Council as the representative for the newly created District 5.

Herpin was elected to the council as the representative for District 4 in 2009. He had previously served as an atlarge member in 2006 — 2007.

Councilman Herpin and his wife of 47 years have lived in District 5 for more than 32 years. They raised three daughters in the district since returning to Colorado Springs in 1980 having left the area in 1965 when he enlisted in the US Navy. Bernie retired from military service in 1985.

A volunteer with the Colorado Springs Police Department for more than 25 years, Councilman Herpin has made public safety his first priority. “I was very pleased to support Mayor Bach’s 2013 city budget which includes increased police and fire staffing,” Herpin stated.

Councilman Herpin pointed to the approval of the Southern Delivery System, which will help provide water to Colorado Springs for the next 50 years, and the leasing of Memorial Health Systems to University Colorado Health as two major accomplishments during his time on council. “Council was faced with making some very difficult decisions during 2009 and 2010 due to the downturn in the economy to keep our budget balanced and to maintain essential services,” Herpin stated. “It is great to see many services being restored in 2013,” Herpin added.

Councilman Herpin looks forward to working with Mayor Bach and fellow council members as the city faces new challenges in the next few years. “We do not yet know what the impact will be should the Federal sequestration occur, but the impact on the Defense budget could result in reduced military spending in our community.”

Herpin brings nearly 5 years of council experience as well as experience gained in the armed forces and as a defense contractor for over 25 years. He serves as a Regional Building Department commissioner as the council representative and as the council’s ex officio member on the Regional Business Alliance’s Military Advisory Council. Herpin has also served on several city, county, and state boards and commissions.

Councilman Herpin has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and a M.A. in Computer Resource Management. The Herpins have three daughters and six grandchildren.

Mr. Herpin’s website is www.bernie4council.com.

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