Springs mayor race gets even more complicated

Springs mayor race gets even more complicated

You may know Attorney General John Suthers as a key force upholding Colorado’s gay marriage ban. And you wouldn’t be wrong. But now he can also be known as a candidate running to be mayor of Colorado Springs.

A Colorado Springs native, Suthers announced his candidacy a day after El Paso County Commissioner Amy Lathen threw her hat into the ring. Current mayor Steve Bach is also considering a reelection run, but Suthers said he doesn’t care.

Since the city switched to the strong mayor form of government in the last term, the city council and Bach seem to have spent more time squabbling over distribution of power than actually governing. Suthers said he’s interested in a more collaborative approach.

The office of Colorado Attorney General is considered up for grabs at this point, with three candidates — Republican Deputy Attorney Cynthia Coffman, Democrat and former District Attorney Don Quick and Libertarian David Williams — all vying for it.

Another question is whether most voters in the state even know what the Attorney General does or who any of these people are. Regardless, they’ll choose a new one in November.

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Nat Stein

Nat Stein is a Denver-based reporter. Check out her other work at Cipher magazine, KRCC public radio, Jacobin magazine and In These Times.

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