City Council District 1
Hente seeking to retain seat
Colorado Springs City Councilmember Scott Hente, who represents the northwest quadrant of the City - including the Uintah-
to-Garden of the Gods segment of the Westside - has announced that he will seek re-election in the April 5 municipal election.
Hente was elected in April 2003 to fill a two-year vacancy. If re-elected, he would serve a full four-year term. He said he believes the present council “has made some serious progress towards addressing many issues facing the city, and I look forward to tackling the challenges that lie ahead.”
The 33-year city resident faces a challenger: Al Brody, a Rockrimmon resident and self-described “full-time volunteer.”
Hente is co-owner of Infinity, a local construction and development company. His election in 2003 marked Hente's first time in elected office. He said he was driven then - as well as now - “by the industry I'm in. It would be great if the development community contributes to the growth and vitality of the community. I'm not sure that's happening now.”
Hente identified three challenges the next council will face - considering a downtown convention center, restoring the City Auditorium, and ensuring sufficient city water delivery and storage.
In support of affordable housing, Hente said he has worked to streamline city review of new developments and construction, thus reducing government costs and improving efficiency. His company, Infinity, has built and donated four multifamily housing units for the local Partners-In-Housing transitional program as well as two single-family houses for another local organization, the Rocky Mountain Community Land Trust.
Hente describes himself as a “strong advocate for the creation of open space and trails in the community,” including the city's purchase of the Red Rock Canyon property as open space last year. “I truly believe that many years from now, one of the legacies of this council will be Red Rocks,” he said.
Hente's City Council work includes representation on the Urban Renewal Authority, which has granted an urban-renewal classification to the Westside's planned Gold Hill Mesa development because of the land's tailings-related environmental issues. He said Gold Hill Mesa's planned residential-commercial mix “meets city comprehensive plan goals” for infill projects and praised developer Bob Willard for “stepping forward to solve the problems” associated with the vast project. At the same time, Hente said the development “will increase traffic” and he will look for solutions so this will not be a hardship for residents.
Another Westside issue Hente is monitoring is Camp Creek's crumbling, concrete-lined ditch down the middle of 31st Street in Pleasant Valley, for which the city has budgeted money this year and next.
A 1975 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and a retired Air Force officer, Hente has taken actions while in office to recognize the contributions of the local military community.
Hente and his wife of almost 30 years, Lyn, live in the Mountain Shadows community and have two adult children. They are active in their neighborhood association and are members of Holy Cross Lutheran Church.
Westside Pioneer article from a press release