Questions, questions, questions.
Gordon Klingenschmitt, an at-large City Council member, had a busy day recently along Union Boulevard. His signs were posted on every corner of the intersection at Boulder Avenue, as well as up and down Union.
Candidates competing for three at-large seats on the Colorado Springs City Council and for mayor in the April 2 city election are being asked by numerous groups to answer their questionnaires.
Among those are these groups, with a sample question from each:
— The 2018 point in time survey found over 1500 people experiencing homelessness in our community. What measures could elected leaders take to reduce homelessness and poverty?
Pikes Peak Citizens for Life
— Will you protect human life at every stage from fertilization to natural death?
— Do you support local Tax-Increment Financing (TIF) dollars for City for Champions projects without a vote of the people? Also, would you support or oppose any new proposals of Certificates of Participation (COPs) for City financed projects?
Colorado Springs Utilities Employee Advocacy Group
— What is your vision regarding Colorado Springs maintaining a municipally-owned, best-in-class, four service utility?
— As a board member of Colorado Springs Utilities, how would you work toward decommissioning of the Drake Power Plant in a manner that fosters a clean environment and is mindful of existing and prospective businesses and ratepayers?
Pikes Peak Association of Realtors
— Do you think we have an affordable housing problem in our community? If so, what is your plan to address it?
And, yes, the Independent
also issued questionnaires to candidates — Do developers have too much say in city government? If so, how would you change that?
Forums, forums, forums.
Want to catch the candidates in action? Here are a few forums planned in coming weeks.
Mayor and City Council Candidate Forum, hosted by The Avenue.
5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Westside Community Center, 1628 W Bijou St.
City Council candidates discuss environmental issues, hosted by the Independent, Colorado Springs Business Journal
, Trails and Open Space Coalition, Colorado College Collaborative for Community Engagement.
6:30 p.m. Packard Hall, Colorado College.
Municipal Election Debate, El Pomar Foundation Forum for Civic Advancement.
5:30 to 7 p.m. followed by a reception, Penrose House Pavilion, 1661 Mesa Ave.
City Council candidates forum, hosted by voters in Precinct 729 (Broadmoor Bluffs).
7 to 9 p.m. Cheyenne Mountain Elementary School, 5250 Farthing Dr.
City Council Candidate Forum, hosted by the Southeast Express
and Citizens Project.
6-7:30 p.m., Sierra High School, 2250 Jet Wing Dr.
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