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City election: Knight (D-1) gets 4 more years; Skorman (D-3) is back

       In easy wins for both Colorado Springs City Council candidates, Don Knight was re-elected to District 1 and Richard Skorman claimed the District 3 seat.
       The April 4 municipal election also saw comfortable victories for all three city-initiated ballot questions. This includes Issue 2, a two-year TABOR
Don Knight, re-elected as District 1 councilmember.
Courtesy of Don Knight
taxpayer-refund relaxation that earmarks $12 million for stormwater repairs, including a roughly $1 million Westside pipe-replacement project around the 10th Street outlet into Fountain Creek.
       The other two were Issue 1, which raised from 50 to 60 percent the voter plurality needed should an attempt ever be made to sell the city-owned Springs Utilities; and Issue 3, which relaxes a state law governing municipal cooperation with service providers in offering high-speed telecommunications.
       District 1 covers the northwest part of the city, D-3 the southwest, with the division between them roughly along Fillmore Street and lower Pleasant Valley.
       They were two of six geographical district council races that were decided in the election. The other winners were David Geislinger, District 2 (new, unopposed, replaces Larry Bagley, who did not run again); Yolanda Avila, District 4 (new, replaces Helen Collins, whom she
Richard Skorman, new District 3 councilmember.
Courtesy of Richard Skorman
defeated); Jill Gaebler, District 5 (re-elected); and Andres Pico, District 6 (re- elected).
       The six who were elected will be sworn in April 18, joining the three at-large members, whose seats won't come up again until 2019. These three are Merv Bennett (the current council president), Tom Strand and Bill Murray.
       Initially elected in 2013, Knight gets a second four-year term. The retired Air Force officer and defense contractor defeated challenger Greg Basham by a better than 2-1 margin.
       Knight's top three goals, as stated in a pre-election interview with the Westside Pioneer, are to attract and retain businesses, improve infrastructure without raising taxes and to keep Colorado Springs Utilities citizen-owned.
       Skorman defeated Chuck Fowler with nearly 60 percent of the vote.
       A downtown business owner, Skorman had served two previous terms as an at-large councilmember (1999-2006 - leaving a year early to work for then-Senator Ken Salazar).
       The D-3 seat is being vacated by one-term councilmember Keith King, who decided not to run again.
       Skorman told the Pioneer he favors more funding for parks and trails and starting a special district to address ongoing concerns about fires, floods and landslides in the Westside/Cheyenne area's wildland urban interface. He has also said he supports legalizing recreational marijuana sales in Colorado Springs.
       Here is the final vote tally in District 1:
       - Knight, 10,350 (66.8 percent), Basham, 5,143 (33.2 percent).
       Here is the final vote tally in District 3:
       - Skorman, 9,058 (57.77 percent); Fowler, 6,621 (42.23 percent).

Westside Pioneer article
(Posted 4/5/17; Politics: City/County)

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