Strong mayor candidate Brian Bahr announced Monday that he will miss Election Night next Tuesday because he'll be in China adopting two daughters.
The following is the text of the news release, in part, sent by Bahr:
"In 2009, Brian and Heather Bahr and their family began a journey of adopting two girls from China. Today, almost two years later, that dream is being realized. Brian and Heather will be leaving later this week to travel to China to finalize the adoption of their two daughters, ages 5 and 9. Due to the nature of government bureaucracy, the Bahr family has just received all the necessary approval for international adoption and travel. Their approvals are time sensitive and their simple desire is to get their girls out of the orphanages they are in and bring them home as soon as possible."
Even in spite of the imperfect timing, and the hotly contested Mayoral race, the decision was simple for Bahr who said, "I consider traveling to China to pick up our daughters and to finalize the adoption as the most important thing I could be doing right now, regardless of whether there are political consequences. After so many months of waiting, we're grateful to finally receive travel approval. We are excited to meet our daughters, to embrace them, and to bring them home!"
Bahr and his wife Heather leave this Friday and will return in mid-April in time for a mayoral runoff election scheduled for May 17, if it's necessary.
Bahr released an open letter www.SpringsMayor.com/China to citizens of Colorado Springs relating their incredible journey and why they are leaving for China at the end of this week."
Kyle Fisk, Bahr's campaign manager, went on to say, "Brian Bahr is still running for Mayor. We ask all our fine supporters to rally around the bold vision and practical plan that Brian has been talking about for over eight months. Tell your friends, neighbors and co-workers about Brian. Make sure to cast your vote for Bahr before April 5th. Colorado Springs needs a Mayor who puts first things first and who will place core values before politics. This is a real-life example of why Colorado Springs would be fortunate to have a principled leader like Brian Bahr as our next Mayor."