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Westside council districts in late February, early March candidate forums

       With the Colorado Springs City Council election coming up April 4, Westside residents will have the chance to attend three forums (Feb. 21, March 1 and 6), where the candidates who seek to represent them will express their views.
       Free and open to the public, all three forums will involve the two candidates for District 3, which includes the
A close-up of the City Council District map focuses on the parts of Districts 1 (above, blue) and 3 (bottom, tan) that the Westside Pioneer defines as "Westside" (west of I-25, south of Garden of the Gods Road, north of the Cheyenne/Broadmoor area, east of the city limits). The numbers identify precincts. The council districts are separated by precinct lines.
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lower Westside. Only one has been scheduled so far for the two candidates in District 1.
       None of the forum locations are on the Westside. Nor do any of the D-3 or D-1 candidates live on the Westside.
       The District 3 candidates both live in the Broadmoor area. They are Chuck Fowler, an HOA document analyst; and Richard Skorman, who owns a downtown retail business and served on City Council (though not representing District 3) from 1999 to 2006.
       The District 1 candidates both live in neighborhoods north of Garden of the Gods Road. These are Greg Basham, the Southern Colorado manager for a national window-manufacturing company; and incumbent Don Knight, a retired Air Force officer and defense contractor, who was elected in 2013.
       Along with Old Colorado City and the older Westside, District 3 encompasses the downtown, Cheyenne/Broadmoor and other areas down to the southwest city limit. (See the map accompanying this news article.)
       The two districts are separated by a roughly east-west line following Fillmore/Fontmore Street and various neighborhood streets at the lower end of Pleasant Valley.
       North of that line, District 1 covers northwest Colorado Springs to the city limits, as well as a large swath of the north-central city roughly between Fillmore and Woodmen Road and east to about Academy Boulevard.
       Also to be decided in the April 4 vote are councilmembers in the other four city districts. Terms are for four years. The next election for the three at-large candidates will be in 2019.
       Here is the basic information about each of the three forums:
       - Tuesday, Feb. 21 (District 3) - from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute St., coordinated by the Council of Neighbors and Organizations (CONO), a city-wide neighborhood advocacy group. Contact number: 471-3105.
       - Wednesday, March 1 (Districts 3 and 4) - from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Meadows Park Community Center, 1943 S. El Paso St., coordinated by CONO. Contact number: 471-3105.
       - Monday, March 6 (all six districts) - from 4:30 to 7 p.m., at the Penrose House Conference Center Garden Pavilion, 1661 Mesa Ave., coordinated by the Colorado Springs Leadership Institute & El Pomar's Forum for Civic Advancement. Contact number: 310-3227.

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(Posted 2/10/17; Politics: City/County)

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