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So far, 24 people have stepped forward offering to fill the shoes of former City Councilwoman Joanne Colt, who resigned March 7 after being implicated in a stock fraud by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

By decree of the City Charter, the remaining eight council members must pick someone by April 7 to replace Colt. The new councilperson will serve until the April 2001 election. The deadline for submitting resumes and letters of interest is March 31. So far, here's what the council has to pick from:

Roy Clennan says he has a master's degree in business and 20 years of Air Force experience. In his letter, he expressed his "deepest sympathy" to the council during this trying time.

Liquor store owner Cheryl Kondratow also feels badly about the council's situation. "I felt disappointed that such a competent, hard working person decided to step down," she wrote.

Elaine Petersen, a Colorado Springs native and artist/art teacher speaks fondly of the Colorado Springs of old, when she worked in her father's drug store before she married an Army man and moved to central Nebraska.

Another Colorado Springs native, consultant William S. Price, is an ex-Army lieutenant who identified several "well-known local citizens with whom he grew up (including the daughter of an ex-mayor).

Ministry founder Deborah Roberts Tinsley's background in business, volunteerism and travel, coupled with her experience with conflict resolution, the elderly and the mentally ill make her well-suited for council.

Innkeeper Sallie Clark has been extremely involved in local politics for the past two years, and she wants to keep on learning. Last year she ran against Mayor Mary Lou Makepeace. Clark vows she will get along with everyone if she is named.

Air Force Academy professor James Harris was a delegate to the Minnesota state caucus and knows urban land issues because he teaches urban geography.

Robert Garrity, a lector at his Catholic church, has been an election judge. The advertising business instructor has made two unsuccessful runs for the City Council in recent years.

Former El Pomar fundraiser turned Broadmoor front desk agent Todd Lippert says he has a broad vision. He's the only applicant who put a picture of himself on his application letter.

In the past, lawyer Tim Pleasant has been very critical of how the city is run. If he is appointed, he promises to continue to be very critical of how the city is run.

Chapel Hills Mall assistant general manager and unsuccessful District 20 school board candidate Ron Glover doesn't say why he wants to be on the City Council, but in his letter he notes that his daughter Kalina is the Wendy's hamburger girl for Colorado.

Michael Neeley has also run for the City Council in the past. He's currently the director of a member services program for the National League of Postmasters.

Pikes Peak Lodging Association president Todd Dickson has worked with the Convention and Visitors' Bureau and the Colorado Restaurant Association, helping him "understand the community."

David Behsman is looking for a rewarding position in the asphalt or auto restoration industries. He believes that "removing the Uncle Tom's Cabin Theory is necessary" and is concerned about land rape and bank rape.

Bernie Herpin has also run unsuccessfully for the City Council. The Firearms Coalition lobbyist wants to give back to the community. Call it a gun in every pot.

Substitute teacher Emma Jean McCaskill wants to work with the mayor particularly during this time of continual growth and international prominence.

Willie Breazell used to be the local president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People but then was forced out over his support of school vouchers.

Chinook Bookshop co-owner Judy Noyes has in the past been active with the Downtown Improvement District and in planning for Confluence Park.

Business consultant Eric Odens has a wife and four children and is "extremely committed to keeping Colorado Springs an attractive spot to live and work."

Susan M. Houle says she has been through the 12th grade and although she doesn't have a lot of qualifications, is willing to learn and listen.

Rev. Fran Taylor is new to town, but has been very active in the past, including protesting the Ku Klux Klan's plans to hold a rally near Palm Springs, Calif.

Thomas E. Levy is a cardiologist, a lawyer and an advanced amateur radio operator.

Allan W. Ackerson says he's "politically conservative, [but] I have made more than my share of blunders in life" making him a tolerant individual. He's the former president of the local high-IQ MENSA group.

Aspen Valley High School Principal Ann L. Elrod says she's watched as the city has grown from "a small artsy community to a thriving metropolis."

-- degette@csindy.com

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