Steve Bach Will Be Next Colorado Springs Mayor

By: KKTV 11 News
By: KKTV 11 News

It looks like the City of Colorado Springs has a new mayor, as Steve Bach claims victory.


Unofficial results show Bach claiming victory with a 57 percent lead over Skorman's 43 percent. As of Wednesday afternoon, all votes have been counted, with a total of 99,306 votes cast; 64 percent of registered voters.

"This is going to take an unprecedented level of cooperation between the new city council and the new mayor," said Bach.

Richard Skorman, conceding the election Tuesday night, told 11 News he’s proud of what he accomplished during the campaign.

“We ran a good campaign in a lot of ways and I’m proud of that,” he said

The candidate said he expected the race to be an uphill climb, and he got it, calling it at times an ugly and negative campaign. In a speech to a room full of supporters he mentioned a campaign ad that painted him as a liberal in favor of bigger government. Skorman took issue with the ad in the days leading up to the May 17 voting deadline as coming from a group well outside the local election.

“I’m unaffiliated,” Skorman said. “I’m not what those commercials said I was, but you can’t defend yourself.”

Still, he told his volunteers it’s time to give Steve Bach a good chance.

“I think Steve will be a good mayor because he is dedicated to the city,” he said. “I really do wish him the best. He’s a smart man and he’ll do well by the city.”

A few months ago, voters decided that the city would do away with the city manager's position and the mayor would have a lot more power and make a lot more money. The strong mayor will essentially be in charge of all city employees. Right now, about 1,620 people are on the city's payroll, but once the new mayor takes control there might be some staffing changes.

11 News also spoke with the candidates about whether or not they plan to evaluate salaries of city workers, since budget issues continue to be a big concern for the city. According to public records, city employees like the city clerk, city attorney, police chief and fire chief all earn over $100,000 a year.

"Every organization, which is successful, periodically goes through a reassessment of this business plan and how it's delivering the max value for the dollar spent, and we should do the same thing in our city government," said Bach.

Steve Bach will essentially serve as CEO of the city and make decisions and recommendations on things like staffing, budget, and even day-to-day operations. Steve Bach told KKTV 11 News days before the election that one thing he planned to do was hire a chief-of-staff.

Bach will be sworn in on June 7 and is meeting with current mayor Lionel Rivera Thursday for a one-on-one to talk about passing the mayoral torch.

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  • by Husky Location: Colorado Spring on May 19, 2011 at 08:34 PM
    I'm pleased with the result. However, for the city to survive spending needs to be cut, i.e. unessential employees: an IT clerk making $70K lavish benefits is outrageous. ALSO taxes are to be raised... yes being conservative I'm for sales tax increase. But businesses need to receive better attitude and better tax treatment - they are job creators. Hopefully, Bach will implement these.
  • by lara Location: co spgs on May 19, 2011 at 06:15 PM
    Am a bit late hearing the news but think that richard skorman has strong character and said it well in the above interview that "Bach is a bright man and will be a capable mayor" and " i want to give him a good chance to succeed, that's what colorado springs need". several of the below comments seem hell bent on not making it work due to some intense personal feelings about taxes, gays, abortion, smear campaigns, "bible says so" believers.....i'd say these don't help the springs, I'm with Skorman and want Mayor Bach to succeed for the sake of my, our community....
  • by David Location: Colorado Springs on May 19, 2011 at 03:17 PM
    Cheldric... don't bother. These are the same guys who are upset with President Obama supporting the original agreement in Israel, because "the bible says so". Same folks who elected a guy because he launched a smear campaign against his opponent. Same folks who don't want to pay taxes, then complain about the state of their city. Same folks who think minorities are leeches. I think Kandahar is going to be an upgrade for me.
  • by Cheldric Location: COS on May 19, 2011 at 12:08 PM
    @Gary. "His support of gays, and I assume abortion (those two run together)." (deep breath) Ummmm. As far as I know, "gays" don't find it necessary to involve themselves in abortions Gary. You see - there's this biological thing.... Nevermind - I don't have the time for a science AND logic lecture.
  • by David Location: Colorado Springs on May 19, 2011 at 09:14 AM
    Corrupt politician tactic #1. Accuse your opponent of being a liberal in a conservative town, even if he isn't. Air slanderous, false commercials without allowing your opponent to counter the accusations. Then play into the population's fears and use them to win the election through lies and corruption. Awesome, CS... you set the standard for future elections. Whoever calls the other "liberal" first wins.
  • by MFG Location: Colorado Springs on May 19, 2011 at 07:35 AM
    Looks like a lot of hurt lib feelings out there. Lib tactic #1, if you do not have an intelligent response then call names and ridicule. Sorry, no workie. You now have a conservative leading you and if you did not notice libs are a minority in Colorado Springs. I guess if you do not like it, you can go back to California. But you libs destroyed that state and then bailed. Now you want to do the same to Colorado, again sorry, there are many wise conservatives here. If Skorman is not a lib, then why did you not present evidence otherwise. Because you could not, he has this thing called a track record. Course, you could have used lib tactic #2, lie. Colorado Springs has always been a boom/bust city. In good times, all the construction and construction workers flood the city government with revenue which the so-called city leaders then blow as fast as possible plus even more. Oh wait, Skorman was part of that group, how do you cover that up. Good luck, Mayor Bach, I think you will bring sustainable fiscal responsibly to Colorado Springs. And you all really do not know what those intersection cameras are??
  • by panini on May 19, 2011 at 06:59 AM
    Richard Skorman is a fiscal conservative--as he said repeatedly and has demonstrated in his personal life (he never lost property in foreclosure as Bach did), in his businesses, and in his time on City Council and as Vice Mayor. Skorman is a person who supports the basic American value of freedom and the right to the personal pursuit of happiness in our private and community lives; he might be called a 'social policy liberal'--one who takes a live-and-let-live attitude. Bach is a violent and unethical person who batters the people he should care for and love, and runs a dishonest attack campaign. We'll see what he does to COS.
  • by Anonymous on May 19, 2011 at 06:32 AM
    No politician will ever be elected by speaking the truth. Partly because people want to hear the lies but mostly because the politicians are following instructions from those who really "run things."
  • by Anonymous on May 19, 2011 at 06:26 AM
    Yeah, just because police state London has over a million cameras doesn't mean it's going to happen here. Even though we have millions of cameras too. just ignore our cameras. Everything will be OK.
  • by Jen Location: Springs on May 19, 2011 at 04:13 AM
    I don't think the cameras were put up by the city. They are state wide and nation wide. I've driven hours east looking for an intersection without a camera, I've driven hours west looking, I've driven north looking, I've looked in California and Tennessee. I think every traffic intersection in the nation has a camera. I don't now who owns them or who paid for it. But it wasn't the city, those cameras have got to be federal.
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