At first there was nine candidates for Colorado Springs strong mayor. By the end of the day Wednesday, seven remained. Mitch Christiansen dropped out of the race after a forum with mayoral and city council candidates.
Previously, Christiansen told 11 News the main reason he entered the race was because he was tired of sitting on the sidelines and seeing elected officials push their personal agendas on the city.
He used to be a general contractor and has been involved in the construction trade for more than 30 years. He's been living in Colorado Springs for more than 18 years.
Before Christiansen, another candidate, Phil McDonald, had also announced his withdrawal from the race. That leaves seven candidates vying for the top job in the city.
Those candidates are: (alphabetical order) Steve Bach, Brian Bahr, Kenneth Duncan, Tom Gallagher, Buddy Gilmore, Dave Munger and Richard Skorman.
KKTV has been interviewing all of the candidates during 11 News at 4 p.m. You can see the full interviews and what they had to say by clicking on the link provided below this story.