Victorious Clark pleased with ‘positive’ campaign
After trouncing Jack Gloriod in the Republican primary for District 3 county commissioner Aug. 10, Sallie Clark said her victory
shows the benefits of a positive campaign.
Clark, a Westside bed-and-breakfast owner, won with 62 percent of the vote over the Cheyenne real-estate business owner.
“People want to hear the positive things you're going to do,” Clark said of her primary campaign. “I felt I needed to take a tack that was straight and narrow - what needs to be done, what I want to do and what can come of taking a positive role in the community.”
The Gloriod campaign included a steady drumbeat of personal attacks, including a proven misstatement about Clark's role (when she was on Colorado Springs City Council) regarding the planned Broadmoor Bluffs Drive road extension.
Clark said it helped that she has become known in the community as someone who is ready to work with people on their issues. In and around her City Council service, she serves or has served on a wide range of volunteer groups, including the Organization of Westside Neighbors, Council of Neighborhood Organizations and the Colorado Springs Fire Department's citizens task force.
Although she faces a Democratic opponent (Thomas McElroy, who was unopposed within his party) in the Nov. 2 general election, he has not campaigned to date and has previously told the Westside Pioneer he has no burning desire for the office.
But Clark said she will “take nothing for granted” going into the general election. “We'll keep our team together and stay on track,” she said. “This is a bigger election, including Demo-crats and unaffiliated voters, and I need to show I can reach out to them, not just Republicans.”
One strong indication from the primary, she said, is that “people want change in county government. They want people who are willing to shake things up a little bit and still get something done.”
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