Bruce to run for at-large Council seat


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Anti-tax activist and Taxpayers Bill of Rights author Douglas Bruce announced today that he is running for an at-large City Council seat in April's election.

Bruce joins 14 other candidates who are vying for five seats.

In case you're unfamiliar: Bruce, a former El Paso County commissioner and state representative, is a controversial figure. He was the first person censored by the Colorado Assembly after he kicked a photographer. He also drew criticism for his attempts to dodge testifying in a campaign finance case, and his alleged secret involvement in Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 in last November's election. However, some still view Bruce as a hero for his persistent battle against taxes.

At a press conference today, Bruce handed out a list of 40 examples of "government waste," including the USOC economic development deal, recently delayed plans to turn Memorial Health System into a nonprofit, and the Southern Delivery System water pipeline project, which Bruce says will cost "$10,000 per foot." (That's more than Utilities' estimate for the project, but Bruce adds in $1 billion for inflation, cost increases over the decades, and the costs of "Phase 2" of the project.)

Asked why he was running, Bruce said, "If you're going to be a critic of government, you have to provide alternatives."

Bruce says he's hopeful that he'll serve with a fiscally conservative majority that will advance his agenda. As a commissioner, Bruce was often on the wrong side of 4-1 votes. But, he says if he's elected, he won't compromise his message even if he doesn't come up on the winning side very often.

"I'm not craving conformity," he said. "... I'm trying to do what's right."


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