The announcement that Phil McDonald will oppose El Paso County Commissioner Amy Lathen in the 2012 election means that each of three commissioners up for re-election next year will see a challenge. Each of those commissioners also supported the slyly worded term limits ballot measure on the 2010 ballot.
Commissioner Dennis Hisey is being opposed by Auddie Cox, an Army and Air Force veteran, and Commissioner Sallie Clark will face Karen Magistrelli, who runs a nonprofit for the reintegration of inmates into society.
Lathen, Hisey and Clark placed measures on the ballot that asked if commissioners should be limited to three, four-year terms. Voters approved the measures, but many said they thought they were curtailing term limits — not extending them by one additional term. All three recently refused to allow voters to revisit the measures this year, though they did say they would put it on the 2012 ballot.
Here's McDonald's news release, which doesn't mention the term-limits issue. McDonald filed for, and later dropped out of, the Springs mayoral race earlier this year.
Phil McDonald is proud to announce his candidacy for El Paso County Commissioner, District 2. McDonald filed his Candidate Affidavit with the Colorado Secretary of State on November 8, 2011.
McDonald is a Colorado Springs native, attending Mitchell High School and Adams State College. He has previously worked in the medical field and in El Paso County law enforcement. He has been active in coaching youth sports for the Police Athletic League, the City's Park and Recreation system, and District 11 schools. McDonald and his wife Pamela currently own and operate The Uniform Shop, providing school and team uniforms, scrubs, and hospitality wear. He has also started the brand Lightning Athletics, which has grown since its inception. The McDonalds have three boys and live in the Rustic Hills neighborhood that Phil grew up in.
“I decided to run for County Commissioner because the voters of District 2 deserve better. They deserve a commissioner who will be truthful and respectful, who will work cooperatively with other county officials, and who will be as frugal with taxpayer money as the voters are with their personal budgets,” said McDonald. “As a small business owner, I see first hand how government can stifle business growth. I will remove those obstacles, so we can grow jobs.”
"I am committed to being part of the solution to the problems in El Paso County, protecting our water rights and getting government out of the way of our citizens. I love El Paso County and look forward to serving as your District 2 County Commissioner.