Former El Paso County Commissioner Jim Bensberg will seek the Colorado Springs City Council District 3 seat now held by Lisa Czelatdko, he announced today. District 3 covers the southwest portion of the city. Czelatdko has not yet filed in the April 2 election.
Bensberg served on the commission from 2003 to 2011, and was the only commissioner to oppose submitting to voters an extension of term limits for county elected officials from two, four-year terms to three terms in 2010. (The measure passed, but voters demanded a redo, alleging they were fooled by tricky wording. The repeat measure to return to two terms passed in November.)
Here's Bensberg's announcement:
Former El Paso County Commissioner Jim Bensberg, a Colorado Springs native, announced today his candidacy for Colorado Springs City Council, in District 3. The election will be April 2.
The fiscally conservative Bensberg, 58, served from 2003 to 2011 on the El Paso County Board of Commissioners representing District 5. Previously, he was the Area Director for U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard.
In his eight years on the Board of County Commissioners, Bensberg was twice elected by his peers to be Chairman. His accomplishments include the establishment of a federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Colorado Springs and increased governmental transparency by televising the twice-weekly commissioner meetings.
“I will bring the same work ethic and commitment to City Council that worked so well for me on the Board of County Commissioners,” Bensberg said. “My constituents have always known me for my accessibility, accountability and my desire to streamline government so that taxpayers are assured the best representation possible.”
Bensberg was born and raised in District 3 and attended Cheyenne Mountain Schools. He graduated from Fountain Valley School in 1973 and went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Technical Journalism from Colorado State University. He currently serves on several local boards of directors including the Workforce Investment Board, Boys and Girls Club, and the Colorado Springs Charter Academy.
The new boundaries of District 3 comprise neighborhoods in the southwest portion of the city such as Skyway, Broadmoor, Broadmoor Bluffs, Cheyenne Canon, Stratton Meadows, Old Colorado City and the Westside as well as downtown and central Colorado Springs as far east as Union Boulevard and north to Uintah Street.