5 council candidates each in D-1 & D-3

       As of the Colorado Springs City Council candidate deadline Feb. 6, five are officially running in District 1 and five in District 3.
       Those are the two districts that include Westside areas. The boundary between them runs roughly along Uintah Street and bisects Pleasant Valley.
       The election is April 2.
       District 1 candidates: Joe Barrera, a consultant who's been active in minority issues; Don Knight, retired from the Air Force and defense industry; Tim Leigh, real-estate agent and outgoing at-large council member; Linda Mojer, consultant and executive director of the Southern Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce; and Julie Naye, businesswoman and mother.
       District 3 candidates: Jim Bensberg, consultant and former county commissioner; Tom Gallagher, development specialist and former councilmember; Keith King, former state senator and founder/director of Colorado Springs Early Colleges high school; Brandy Williams, engineer and outgoing at-large council member; and Bob Kinsey, background unknown (filed Feb. 6, at press deadline).
       In each district, one candidate will be elected to a four-year term.
       Lisa Czelatdko, who has served as D-3 councilmember since 2011, chose not to run again.
       In all, the city has six district races. Before this election, there were four district councilmembers and five at-large. A charter change in 2011 put those at six and three. With the redistricting, the population in each district has been reduced from 100,000-plus to about 70,000.
       The election will use mail-in ballots, which are to go out between March 8 and 18, according to the city.

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