Suthers gets the money vote

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Suthers is the choice of Colorado Springs Forward. - FILE PHOTO
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  • Suthers is the choice of Colorado Springs Forward.
Colorado Springs Forward, comprised of wealthy Springs residents and others who want to guide public policy, has endorsed John Suthers for mayor even before the Feb. 11 filing deadline has passed.

Here's the news release, which takes a swipe at former City Councilor Joel Miller by not mentioning him as one of the "strong" candidates for mayor:
The Colorado Springs Forward (CSF) Board of Directors believes the citizens of Colorado Springs are fortunate to have three strong candidates for Mayor who have a long-demonstrated history of supporting our community. These candidates are: Mary Lou Makepeace, Amy Lathen, and John Suthers. Each of them has been elected to high-profile positions, in which they’ve done outstanding work, and CSF appreciates their offers to serve as Mayor.

After much deliberation, Colorado Springs Forward is pleased to announce its endorsement of Mayoral candidate John Suthers for the April 2015 election.

“This is a crucial time in Colorado Springs – the leaders we elect for Mayor and City Council will set the stage for years to come,” said John Cassiani, Executive Director of CSF. “We’ve chosen to endorse John Suthers because of his unique background and skill set which will allow him to be the ‘game changer’ this City needs to move it forward.”

The following values are why CSF endorsed Mr. Suthers:
1. Connectedness – Living in Colorado Springs his entire life, Mr. Suthers is already connected to our community and loves Colorado Springs. Yet he brings something the other candidates cannot: an immediate connectedness to Denver and other areas of the State, as well as in Washington D.C. Having been our State’s Attorney General, Mr. Suthers has outstanding political contacts in the Governor’s Office, as well as in the State Legislature, and has national contacts from his interaction with other states’ attorney generals and governors. Our City has not had this connectedness before, and CSF believes this will bode well for our stature and respect as we move forward.
2. Credibility – Mr. Suthers has held several high-profile positions from his days as an attorney in Colorado Springs, his position as Director of Corrections for Colorado, where he managed 6,000 employees, and as Attorney General for the State of Colorado. He has done all of these jobs well and with the highest integrity. Mr. Suthers has earned the respect of the residents of Colorado and would bring instant credibility to Colorado Springs as Mayor of our City.
3. Collaborative – Mr. Suthers has proven that he can sit down with people, who may not agree with him or his positions, and with his collaborative demeanor, reach a result that can move the process forward in a non-combative way. He knows how important it will be to reach out to members of City Council and City staff to be able to re-instill trust and create an atmosphere of cooperation to work together in the best interests of the City and the region.
4. Cognizant – Mr. Suthers understands the financial, political, and community issues affecting our City and already has ideas on how to address our most critical local and regional problems. We feel that he will have a very strong team of high-caliber people ready to go to work for him from day one.

“I am honored to have the endorsement of Colorado Springs Forward,” said John Suthers. “Working together, I believe we can do great things for our city.” 
Suthers, as you might recall, has raked in the most cash so far, three times as much as the next highest fund-raiser, Lathen.

CSF also has pushed to reopen debate of how city-owned Colorado Springs Utilities should be governed, a process that was recently started and will span most of the year. Here's more on why CSF wants to revisit the governing structure of Utilities.
 

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