by Pam Zubeck
My PhilosophyAs of last week, 11 people had taken out petitions in the at-large contest and two had done so for the District 2 race, which is a race for who will complete Miller's term. He resigned to run for mayor. Six people picked up petitions for mayor, including Lawrence Martinez, who's worked with nonprofits in town.
I will govern within the guidelines of the City of Colorado Springs Charter.
I will govern with total transparency, not just give lip service to it
I will spend the taxpayers’ dollars as if they were my own
I will put the interests of the taxpayers and the community ahead of my political goals
I will constantly strive to reduce the size of government and its regulations.
I will subject myself and everyone around me to the same laws, regulations and requirements the rest of our citizens live with
I will confront and resolve the hard issues of my city and not those that will simply garner votes for myself- citizens first, not my personal opinions or that of any party
I will not support any resolution that does not have, as its underlying principle, have the best interests of the city
I believe that the government can’t always do things better than citizens can do for themselves
I will not accept funding, either before the election nor after the election, from businesses that do business with the City (Yes, this means COMCAST)
My pledge to my fellow citizens :
To keep our utility rates low, CSU’s service efficient and effective community ownership
To appoint diverse and qualified members to City advisory boards and committees;
To restore confidence and trust in our City and its Council;
To address all issues before City Council with unbiased and open-minded consideration;
To get things done and not leave unfinished business to the next Council.
Mary Lou Makepeace, former Colorado Springs mayor and current mayoral candidate, will host the first in a series of five round table discussions from 10 - 11 a.m. on Tuesday, January 20 at The Loft at Sonterra Grill located at 28B South Tejon Street in downtown Colorado Springs.Got some campaign news? Email me at email@example.com
The round tables are being held to explore solutions to our community's most important issues. The first discussion will focus on the Springs Community Improvement Program (SCIP) and the city’s infrastructure needs.
Drawing on her strength and experience bringing people together, Makepeace has invited experts and community leaders to participate in discussions aimed at reaching a consensus and identifying the steps needed to create a cohesive vision for Colorado Springs.
City Council Member Jan Martin and Courtney Stone, organizer at the Independence Center and Community Transit Coalition, will serve as panelists at this first round table. Additional panelists will be announced soon.
The event will begin with a 45 minute discussion and conclude with questions and comments from the audience. The round table is free and open to the public though seating is limited.
RSVP’s are required. Reserve at http://www.makepeace4mayor.com/events-calendar.