COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) _ Voters have four choices for mayor of Colorado Springs. The election will be held on April 2, and mail ballots are already out. Here's a look at each candidate:
John Suthers: The incumbent; he was elected in 2015. Suthers feels the city has improved greatly during his tenure.
“We’ve addressed serious infrastructure problems that we weren’t addressing," Suthers said. "The economy had been stagnant for the ten years before I got elected in 2015. We’ve created 28,000 new jobs, good jobs. We’ve got a lot in the pipeline, and I have the experience to bring those things to fruition in the next couple years. I think the future of Colorado Springs is very bright.”
John Pitchford: The Army veteran moved to Colorado Springs just over two years ago. He says transparency, homelessness and affordable housing are his top priorities.
“One of the things that’s very important to me is the soul-crushing problem of homelessness," Pitchford said. "We need to get on the ball about this issue. The real issue is going to be solved by the state and federal government. I will get out there and demand that we get the support for psychiatric services from our state. For too long, these services have been denied to people on the streets. We’ve got to do something about helping people that are severely addicted.”
Lawrence Martinez: A business consultant and hospice homecare specialist. He says more manufacturing jobs will give people livable wages, reducing homelessness.
"We don’t have everybody who’s going after the $80,000 job," Martinez said. "So if we can bring manufacturing out here with an understanding of $16-$18 an hour, that’d be the best thing to do. We can have industry come out and take a look at our schools to make sure that we teach them what they need to do to be able to do the jobs that they want done.”
Juliette Parker: Moved to Colorado Springs two years ago and is passionate about reducing rent in the city. One of her ideas is a tiny home village.
“Having tiny homes built for the homeless is one avenue for dealing with affordable housing, because we can then implement that for non-homeless people," Parker said. "And then the other thing would be things they’ve talked with the developer about. Combining, doing some kind of combination to waiving utility fees, permit fees, regulation fees. Specifically on affordable housing units only with the stipulation that that savings, it doesn’t go to the developer’s pocket. It goes to the homeowners' and renters' pockets.”