Colorado Springs Mayoral Race Heads to Runoff; Other Election Results

April 8, 2015

Former Attorney General John Suthers and former Colorado Springs mayor Mary Lou Makepeace are headed to a runoff election next month to be the city’s next mayor.  Colorado Springs voters yesterday gave Suthers 46% of the vote, while Makepeace came in with 24%.  Among the other leading candidates, Joel Miller received 16% of the vote, while Amy Lathen received 12%.  The runoff election is scheduled for May 19.

Colorado Springs City Councilor Merv Bennett retains his seat, garnering 15% of the vote in the race for three At-Large seats.  Tom Strand and Bill Murray claim the other two seats, with 13% of the vote and 12%, respectively.

In the race for the City Council District 2 seat, Larry Bagley defeated Kanda Calef with nearly 70% of the vote.

Ballot Issue 1 passed 53-47%.  Ballot Issue 2 is passing with less than a 300-vote margin.

55% of voters in District 4 say Councilor Helen Collins should not be recalled.

Voter turnout was about 39%.

The breakdown of the heavily contested races, in order of percentage of votes received, is as follows (rounded to the nearest percentage): (You can also click here to see the official report from the City Clerk's office.)

Mayor:

John Suthers — 46%Mary Lou Makepeace — 24%Joel Miller — 16%Amy Lathen — 12%Lawrence Martinez — 1%Tony Carpenter — 1%

City Council

Merv Bennett — 15%Tom Strand — 13%Bill Murray — 12%Jariah Walker — 11%Glenn Carlson — 9%Vickie Tonkins — 8%Longinos Gonzalez, Jr. — 6%Nicholas Lee — 6%Yolanda Avila — 5%Al Loma — 5%Joe Woyte — 5%Vanessa Bowie — 4%Jesse Brown, Jr. — 2%