We're going to see a change in how the city of Colorado Springs is run. The "Strong" Mayor initiative passed by a pretty big margin Tuesday. 59 percent voted yes on the measure while 41 percent voted no.
The "Strong” Mayor system eliminates the city manager’s job which was implemented in Colorado Springs in 1920. The Mayor will take over the day to day duties as the city's boss including overseeing the city budget, which will still need council approval.
For now, five candidates are in the running for Mayor come the next election this coming April.
Buddy Gilmore is a small business owner and entrepreneur. He knows the hardships Colorado Springs is facing but says there are grass root problems that must be fixed first. "Before we start solving hard problems we need to build ourselves back to the community and get focused on the good things about our city."
Dave Munger is a retired businessman. He's the president of the Council of Neighbors and Organizations. Munger knows the kind of Mayor he wants to be. "You need someone who gets up in the morning asking what can I do to make this a better place? How can I bring us together? How can I grow jobs?"
Phil McDonald is a business owner and Colorado Native who says he has a one up on all the other candidates. "I believe I'm the only candidate who has insight to the city. I've worked for the city. My wife has worked for the city. We know the good and the bad of the city."
Kenneth Duncan is a Colorado native who served proudly in the U.S. Army. Duncan is running with a straight forward message in mind. "I would bring honesty and integrity to the office; you can be assured of that with me."
Brian Bahr is a real estate professional and founder of Challenger Homes. Bahr has green on his mind. "We have to do a better job with the money that we have. We can improve service and lower cost through managed competition."
The city’s next mayor is now in your hands.
For a more in depth look at all the candidates, click on the links below.