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.