Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach has announced he will not run for a second term in April’s Municipal Election. KRCC’s Rachel Gonchar has more.
Bach was elected to a four-year term in May 2011, as the city’s first “Strong Mayor” under a new charter adopted the year before. The charter transformed city government from a council-appointed city manager model to a council-elected system that gives the mayor more control of the city’s operations.
In a statement, Mayor Bach said he hopes the next election gives someone new the opportunity to build upon the positive direction the city is going.
El Paso County Commissioner Amy Lathen and former Mayor Marylou Makepeace have announced official campaigns. Former Councilman Joel Miller and Attorney General John Suthers are also running.