Conservatives Run For City Council As "Reform Team"

By: KKTV Email
By: KKTV Email
There are five At-Large City Council seats up for grabs in the April 5, 2011 election in Colorado Springs.  Douglas Bruce and four other conservatives are running on the same promise, to "turn around the city."

The "Reform Team." From left to right: Helen Collins, Richard Bruce, Gretchen Kasameyer, Douglas Bruce, Ed Bircham.

There are five At-Large City Council seats up for grabs in the April 5, 2011 election in Colorado Springs.

Thursday, Douglas Bruce and four other conservative candidates announced that they are running on the same promise, to "turn around the city."

The announcement about the conservative "Reform Team" was made outside City Hall. The five candidates stood together, saying they represent small business and fiscal responsibility. They are just five of 16 candidates running for the At-Large seats in April's mail-in election.

"We're going to demand honest accounting, not only by Memorial Hospital and utilities but by all parts of city government and we're going to root out the waste," Douglas Bruce said. "We call it a war on waste. That spells WOW."

The candidates included in the "Reform Team" are, in alphabetical order: Ed Bircham, Douglas Bruce, Richard Bruce (no relation), Helen Collins and Gretchen Kasameyer.

"I think that a lineup of conservative business people that use business principles can make a change in the way the money is being spent in Colorado Springs, and not wasting the money, as I see it," said Richard Bruce, following Thursday's announcement.

The other candidates running for the At-Large seats on City Council are, in alphabetical order: Merv Bennett, Tony Carpenter, Thomas "Tony" Exum, Sr., Tim Leigh, David Lloyd, Jan Martin, Bill Murray, Sean Paige, Dan "R12" Reifschneider, Val Snider and Brandy R. Williams.

Paige told 11 News Thursday he isn't sure Colorado Springs voters will go for a block of candidates.

“People want people who can act independently, speak independently,” he said. “So I think the voters are going to just look at individual candidates and make their choices.”

In a packet passed out by the "Reform Team" Thursday, the group listed many reforms they feel need to be made to put the city back on track fiscally. Some of those ideas include "stopping the city from giving away Memorial Health System," ending water rate hikes and reforming the Southern Delivery System water plan, and attempting to cancel or reduce the money used to keep the USOC, U.S. Olympic Committee, in town.

The deadline to file a nomination petition was February 9. The order which the candidates will be listed on the April ballot will be selected, according to the city, by a random drawing on February 11. The deadline for a candidate to withdraw from the race is February 14.

If you'd like to learn more about the candidates, you can visit the city's elections website by clicking on the link provided below this story. We've also included the campaign websites of At-Large City Council candidates who have one.

We've also included a link if you have questions about the municipal mail-in ballot election.


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  • by Jesse Location: Colorado Springs on Apr 1, 2011 at 03:07 PM
    Glad to see this list of candidates- so I can definitely NOT vote for them.
  • by Kevin Location: Colorado Springs on Mar 19, 2011 at 12:45 PM
    Thank god for the Tax Payer Bill of Rights. Imagine how deep our debt and how heavy the taxpayer burden would be without TABOR. Listen to the whining cries of those who were prevented by voters from their spending projects and the tax hikes to pay for them. They wont be happy until we are in the same situation as Los Angles and California. Here's an idea - if you feel government needs more money - open your check book and write a check to the general fund. No.. Huh.. Here's to an honest and thoughtful government with some respect for the wishes of the voters.
  • by Tom Location: Colorado Springs on Mar 18, 2011 at 08:16 AM
    Doug Bruce could have done more to gain credibility but he's worked hard to keep Colorado Springs a city we can afford to live in. Without the changes he has promoted our taxes would be much higher with no improvement in services, just more spending and the same issues. Kudos for Dough Bruce, just remember Doug Never miss an opportunity to keep your mouth shut. This may help! Say want's needed, then listen.
  • by Tammy Location: COS on Feb 20, 2011 at 06:30 AM
    Seriously - do we really want a slumlord running our city! Thanks for the article - I have always used Doug Bruce as a guide to how to vote - if he is for it I am against it!!!!! Now I know the 5 people NOT to vote for. I am a republican and I can't stand Douglas Bruce or his tactics! He'll ruin the city if we allow him in office!
  • by Dave Location: Colorado Springs on Feb 13, 2011 at 05:48 PM
    Doug Bruce has cost this community & state lots of money and his "conservatism" continues to cost all of us. I hope that the overwhelming number of citizens can put this loudmouth bully where he belongs, GONE!!!
  • by gog Location: cs on Feb 12, 2011 at 10:10 AM
    it is like four flies swarming around one big turd.
  • by Republican on Feb 11, 2011 at 10:21 PM
    I'm a die hard republican and I would NEVER vote for Bruce. The guy is a moron.
  • by joe Location: colorado springs on Feb 11, 2011 at 09:52 PM
    conservatives my left hind foot!!!!!! these are nothing but a bunch of snobbish bullies who believe they are the only ones who know what is best for us;DUMB WORKING CLASS NOBODIES!! I am sick of bruce and his arrogant "fellow conservatives". We have a right to have our wishes heard, not treated like we don't have a clue. Let him sue, that is all he knows how to do,and cost us money!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by real observations Location: cs on Feb 11, 2011 at 10:53 AM
    Well, if this city wants "the first representative in the recorded history of the state house to be formally censured" due to his assault and battery of a photographer who was only attempting to do his job at the time.....wow. If I were hard pressed to think along the extremist attitude of Blanche's comments down below, I would think this town has a fancy to conservative republicans who are sociopaths. Will be an interesting election this upcoming April.
  • by John Location: Fountain on Feb 11, 2011 at 10:42 AM
    where is your voice Blanche? Don't let others speak for you
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