Colorado Springs voters choose John Suthers as new mayor

Courtesy of the State of Colorado
Colorado Springs mayor John W. Suthers in the Capitol rotunda.

@JohnSuthers delivers acceptance speech as Mayor-Elect of Co. Springs. #COSVotes #ElectionWatch @KOAA_5

Voters in Colorado Springs have elected former state Attorney General John Suthers in the city's runoff mayoral election.

Suthers had about 68 percent of the vote compared to about 32 percent for former Colorado Springs Mayor Mary Lou Makepeace on Tuesday night.

The Gazette reports Suthers said voters spoke "loud and clear. ... Tonight we celebrate and tomorrow we address our challenges with collaboration, creativity and hard work."

Suthers and Makepeace were the top two finishers in last month's election.

Suthers served two terms as district attorney in Colorado Springs and led the Colorado Department of Corrections. Makepeace served 12 years as a city councilor before being elected the city's first female mayor in 1997.