El Paso County Commissioner Amy Lathen
, who represents District 2, will run for mayor of Colorado Springs.
Lathen is known for her conservative stances. As a commissioner, she’s been a strong proponent of gun rights and a frequent critic of the federal government. Lately, she’s been in the news mostly due to her leadership in bringing forth a regional stormwater funding proposal.
Lathen is the first candidate to officially announce her run for the mayor’s office, which is currently held by Steve Bach. The election will be held in April. Lathen is midway through her second term on the county commission.
In a press release, Lathen suggested she might do a better job of building bridges between city council and the mayor’s office than Bach, who has feuded often with councilors.
“It is time to UNLOCK the doors of the Mayor’s Office,” she stated in the release. “It is time to move the Mayor’s Office to City Hall with City Council in order to begin real work and collaboration. The citizens of this extraordinary City deserve open access to their City government. It is time for professional and respectful relationships between the Mayor and members of City Council, as well as all regional leadership. Despite differences, civility must be restored.”
Lathen, a married mother of three, has lived in Colorado Springs for 30 years.
— J. Adrian Stanley