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Suthers easily elected Colorado Springs mayor in runoff with Makepeace

John Suthers
Courtesy of campaign
       By a better than 2-1 margin, John Suthers defeated Mary Lou Makepeace in the runoff election for Colorado Springs mayor.
       The unofficial results from the City Clerk's Office, with all precincts counted, showed Suthers with 65,991 votes to 31,666 for Makepeace. The polls closed for the mail-ballot election May 19.
       For the election, the city had a total of 229,227 registered voters, of whom 97,930 cast ballots (42.66 percent), according to Clerk's Office figures.
       A lifelong Colorado Springs resident, Suthers had also come out well ahead in the regular election April 7 but failed to gain 50 percent of the total vote against five opponents in all. This set up the runoff against Makepeace, who had the second most votes.
       Suthers has listed his top priorities as follows: upgraded public infrastructure, job creation and a better political climate at city hall serving to stimulate economic development.
       He will be sworn in June 2 for a four-year term. His salary will be $96,000 a year, as stipulated in the “strong-mayor” charter change of 2010 that gave the mayor most of the former duties of a hired city manager.
       Suthers most recently served two terms as Colorado attorney general. He was previously the U.S. attorney for Colorado, the executive director for the Colorado Department of Corrections and district attorney for El Paso and Teller counties.

Westside Pioneer article
(Posted 5/19/15, updated 5/20/15; Politics: City/County)

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