Elections 2013: Pro-sustainability candidates hard to find

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On April 2 Colorado Springs residents get to vote for council representatives in the city’s new six districts. There’s a lot of diversity out there: African Americans, Latinos, women and even one transgender female. Military veterans and a felon recently released from prison.

But is there a lot of diversity on the issues? Most candidates are still talking about job creation, as if the city has anything to do with employment (with the exception of hiring staff). Hardly anyone is talking about the most critical issue facing the council this year: fracking.

Fracking could fundamentally change the character of Colorado Springs for decades. Air and water pollution are only a couple of the potential hazards. Even though news reports indicate Ultra Petroleum is pulling out of oil and gas exploration here, any candidate willing to let Ultra frack will let someone else take its place.

The PPJPC cannot endorse candidates, nor would we venture to tell our intelligent readers for whom to vote. But we can give you a few facts to help you see who these candidates are – not what they claim to be.

The following guide shows everything we could find online about who’s endorsed the candidates and where their funds come from.

RELATED: Do developers hope to stop the fracking, too?

Visit their websites, Facebook pages or Twitter feeds for more information.
City Council District 1

Joe Barrera

Online: Joe Barrera for Council; Facebook campaign page
Resume: American Lit professor at Colorado College, UCCS, Pikes Peak
Community College; Vietnam vet; Colorado Springs Human Relations
Commission (1971-73); founder Veterans Remember Community Dialogues
Endorsements: Sierra Club
Donors: small donors, mostly teachers
Fracking: Given the choice, would not vote to allow oil and gas drilling or fracking in CS city limits

Don Knight

Online: Don Knight for D1; Facebook campaign page; Twitter campaign page
Resume: Retired Air Force and defense industry; former member Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Council
Endorsements: Colorado Springs Utilities Employees Advisory Group, Gazette, Colorado Springs Independent; Pikes Peak Firearms Coalition
Donors: self ($1,500), Jim Johnson (GE Johnson Construction) $1,500
Fracking: Yes

Tim Leigh

Online: Tim Leigh.com
Resume: Incumbent elected in 2011; co-founder Hoff and Leigh real estate; Army assigned to Fort Carson (1975-78); past Chamber of Commerce Board member; past major investor Economic Development Corp.
Endorsements: HBA; Steve Schuck; Colorado Springs Police Protective Association; Pikes Peak Association of Realtors
Donors: HBA ($2,500); Richmond American Homes-MDC Holdings ($2,500); Richard Graham ($2,000); Classic Homes-Elite Properties ($1,500); Gary Loo ($1,000); Oakwood Homes ($1,000); Thomas Bouler-MMJ ($600); REALTOR PAC-Englewood ($500); Joe Woodford ($500)
Fracking: “Drill, baby, drill,” but concerned about drilling in residential areas; would consider no-drilling zone west of Marksheffel Blvd.

Linda Mojer

Online: Linda Mojer for City Council, District One; Linda Mojer.com; With Substance.com
Resume: CEO of With Substance Inc., a web-based company for writing, editing, web content; Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce Executive Director since 2008; 2010 Women of Influence award, Colorado Springs Business Journal
Endorsements: no list
Donors: no report
Fracking: no mention

Julie Naye

Online: Julie Naye Facebook page (photo with Mitt Romney, Likes “Jews for Preservation of Firearms Ownership” and “Elect Angela Dougan”)
Resume: none found
Endorsements: no list
Donors: no report
Fracking: no mention

Colorado Springs City Council District 2

Angela Dougan

Online: Angela Dougan for Council; Facebook campaign page
Resume: Incumbent elected in 2011; stay-at-home mom named 2003-04 Volunteer of the Year for Academy School D-20
Endorsements: HBA; Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance; Pikes Peak Association of Realtors; Colorado Springs Police Protective Association; Steve & Suzi Bach, Darryl Glenn, Andy McElhaney, Tim Leigh, Steve Schuck, Joe Woodford
Donors: HBA ($2,500), Richmond American Homes-MDC Holdings ($2,500), Classic Homes-Elite Properties ($1,500), Comcast ($1,000), Gary Loo ($1,000), Broadmoor ($1,000), Oakwood Homes ($500), REALTOR PAC-Englewood ($500)
Fracking: Drill, baby, drill; willing to drink from fracked well it’s so safe

Joel Miller

Online: Elect Joe Miller; Facebook campaign page
Resume: Air National Guard and pilot for Federal Express; astronautical engineering asst. professor, USAFA; nine years on Colorado Springs Airport Advisory Committee
Endorsements: Colorado Springs Utilities Employees Advisory Group, Gazette, Colorado Springs Independent; Pikes Peak Firearms Coalition (Miller is a member); now endorsed by fellow candidate Bill Murray
Donors: small donors, mostly family
Fracking: Yes, but applicants for permits must show that operations do not affect the health, safety and welfare of the jurisdictions

Bill Murray

Online: Bill Murray for Council; Facebook election page
Resume: Army vet; former firefighter/EMS; Citizens Commission on Memorial Health Systems
Endorsements: no list
Donors: self ($5,500)
Fracking: Given the choice, would not vote to allow oil and gas drilling or fracking in CS city limits

Colorado Springs City CouncilDistrict 3

Jim Bensberg

Online: Bensberg for Council; Facebook campaign page
Resume: BA, technical journalism CSU; area director, U.S. Senator Wayne Allard (1997-2002); El Paso County Commissioner (2003-11); director of operations, Pikes Peak Intl. Hill Climb
Endorsements: Sheriff Terry Maketa; former state Senator Steve Durham; former county Commissioners Terry Harris and Jeri Howells; Fountain City Councilwoman Sharon Brown, Colorado Springs Utilities Employees Advisory Group; Pikes Peak Firearms Coalition (Bensberg is a member of the PPFC);
Donors: Colorado Financial & Development Service ($2,000); Carol Bogosian ($2,000); Don Riggle ($500); Jeffrey Sveinsson, Cannabicare ($500); Stephen Schnorr, Rocky Mtn Materials ($300); Robert Garner & Randy Dowis, NAI Highland Commercial Real Estate Group ($300 combined); Gary Loo ($300); Bruce McGrew, United Railroad Materials ($250); Thomas J. Osborne, CS Sports Corp. ($100); Buck Blessing ($100); Bill Hybl ($100); Willie Breazell ($10)
Fracking: Yes, supports “balanced approach to land use and environmental protection”

Tom Gallagher

Online: Tom Gallagher for Council; Facebook campaign page
Resume: surveyor; elected to council 2003 and 2007; lost mayoral bid 2011; past president Organization of Westside Neighbors
Endorsements: no list
Donors: Modern Medicine LLC ($1,000), Rocky Road Remedies LLC ($1,000), Indispensary MMJ Centers COS ($500), Rocky Mtn. Miracles LLC ($500), Dale’s Cars ($300), Maggie’s Farm ($200), So. Co. Medical Marijuana ($100)
Fracking: Yes

Keith King

Online: Keith King.org; Facebook campaign page
Resume: Retired businessman; Colorado House of Reps (1999-2008); Colorado State Senate (2008-2012); founded Colorado Springs Early Colleges, a charter high school offering simultaneous AA degree
Endorsements: HBA; Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance; Gazette; Colorado Springs Police Protective Association; Pikes Peak Association of Realtors; Colorado Association of Realtors; PIkes Peak Firearms Coalition (Yes, they endorsed two candidates in District 3); Broadmoor CEO Steve Bartolin, Broadmoor Vice Chair Bill Hybl, state senators Bill Cadman and Kent Lambert, former state Senator Andy McElhany, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, Steve Schuck; now endorsed by fellow candidate Tom Gallagher
Donors: started with $10,459.29 from previous campaigns; Richmond American Homes-MDC Holdings ($2,500); HBA ($2,500); Jim Johnson, GE Johnson Construction ($2,500); Broadmoor Hotel ($2,500); Gary Loo ($1,500); Classic Homes-Elite Properties ($1,500); Faricy Boys ($1,000); Joseph Clement, RE/MAX ($1,000); Bob Penkhus ($1,000); Heuberger Motors ($1,000); Oakwood Homes ($1,000); Perkins Motors ($1,000); Mike McDivitt ($500); Andy McElhany ($500); Kevin Kratt ($500); Patrick Maggio ($500); Porsche of CS ($500); James Berger ($500); Steve Bartolin ($250); Nor’wood’s Ralph Braden ($250) and David Jenkins ($250); Joe Woodford ($250); Heath Herber, Schuck Comm. ($200); Robert Blaha ($200)
Fracking: Yes

Bob Kinsey

Online: Facebook campaign page
Resume: retired history and social studies teacher; Marine Corps vet; Alliance for Nuclear Accountability representative; Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate (2010); member PPJPC
Endorsements: no list
Donors: no report
Fracking: clearly opposes fracking; supports renewable energy technologies (sun, wind, geothermal)

Brandy Williams

Online: Brandy Williams.com; Facebook campaign page
Resume: Incumbent elected in 2011; licensed civil engineer; BA, engineering from Carnegie Mellon University
Endorsements: Sierra Club; Karen Teja; Colorado Springs Independent; former Mayor Mary Lou Makepeace; former City Councilman Richard Skorman; former City Councilwoman Mary Ellen McNally; Chuck Murphy; former City Councilman Larry Small; now endorsed by fellow candidate Bob Kinsey
Donors: Mom ($5,000); Classic Homes-Elite Properties ($1,000); Wm. Mead, UBS ($500); Chuck Murphy ($500); Charles Murphy, Gray Line ($500); David Lord ($500); Robert Miner ($400); Mary Ellen McNally ($200); Kent Karber, Holland & Hunt ($200); Kent Burgess, Colorado Springs Utilities ($200); CJ Moore, Kaiser ($150); Bruce Warren ($100); Dave Anderson ($100); John Crandall ($100); John Morris ($100)
Fracking: Given the choice, would not vote to allow oil and gas drilling or fracking in CS city limits

Colorado Springs City Council District 4

Helen Collins

Online: ; Facebook campaign page (Likes Glenn Beck)
Resume: Navy vet; ran for city council in 2011 on Doug Bruce “Reform Team” slate
Endorsements: no list
Donors: self ($6,500); Mark Bogosian ($2,000)
Fracking: no mention

Gary Flakes

Online: Elect Gary Flakes; Facebook campaign page
Resume: Leadership development consultant; best known for conviction of accessory to shotgun slayings of two teens in 1997; paroled (2011), freed (2012); Colorado Juvenile Defenders Coalition outreach assistant
Endorsements: no list
Donors: Roger Butts ($25)
Fracking: no mention

Deborah Hendrix

Online: Deborah Hendrix.org; Facebook Campaign page
Resume: owner of CD Global Enterprises, a training, coaching and consulting company; board president Harrison School D-2 and Colorado Springs Early Colleges; BA, consumer economics from Howard University; masters in human resources student at University of Phoenix
Endorsements: HBA; Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance; Gazette; Colorado Springs Police Protective Association; Pikes Peak Association of Realtors; Colorado Association of Realtors; Keith King, Steve Schuck, county Commissioner Dennis Hisey, state Rep. Pete Lee
Donors: HBA ($5,000); Richmond American Homes-MDC Holdings ($2,500); Classic Homes-Elite Properties ($1,500); Oakwood Homes ($1,000); REALTOR PAC ($500); Ed Osborne ($500); Nancy Brown, Junior Achievement ($500); Sandi King ($250); Ralph Braden ($250); David Jenkins ($250); Steve Durham ($200); Fred Veitch, Nor’wood ($100)
Fracking: will listen to positions on fracking and decide then

Dennis Moore

Online: Dennis Moore for Council; Facebook campaign page; Twitter campaign account
Resume: Retired Air Force and Federal Civil Service (program management analyst); Pikes Peak CC adjunct faculty; master’s in public administration; CSPD volunteer (“Mr. Neighborhood Watch”)
Endorsements: Willie Breazell, Colorado Springs Utilities Employees Advisory Group; Colorado Springs Independent; Pikes Peak Firearms Coalition (Moore is a member); Kit Roupe
Donors: Robert Greene, Colorado Springs Utilities ($300); Janice Taylor ($300); Glen Grose, Colorado Springs Utilities ($150); Kit Roupe ($200); Patrick Davis; Mary Ellen McNally ($50); Willie Breazell ($25); many small donors
Fracking: Given the choice, would not vote to allow oil and gas drilling or fracking in CS city limits

Susan Quilleash

Online: Susan Quilleash.com (from 2012 statehouse campaign); Facebook page
Resume: substitute teacher; Army vet; transgender female
Endorsements: no list
Donors: no report
Fracking: no mention

Colorado Springs City Council District 5

Jill Gaebler

Online: Jill Gaebler.com; Twitter campaign account
Resume Development Director for Housing; BS, business administration at University of Arizona; Air Force vet; co-founder of Colorado Springs Charter Academy
Endorsements: Sierra Club, Colorado Springs Independent; Colorado Springs Police Protective Association; Kathy Loo, Suzi Bach, Jennifer George, Dave Anderson, Carolyn Cathey, Kobi Chumash, Mike Callicrate
Donors: Glen Miller ($370 plus $2,500 in kind web site development); Police Protective Assn. ($3,000); Westward Property Mgmt ($1,500); Tracy Griggs, Westward Property Mgmt ($1,500); Ted Gaebler, Calif. ($1,000); Weidner Property Mgmt, Wa. ($1,000); Kathy Loo ($850); Dutch & Joan Schultz ($750 combined); Lisa Scott, TekSystems ($500); Apartment Association ($500); Tom Perkins, Perkins Didge ($500); Lisa Tessarowicz ($500); Jennifer George ($150)
Fracking: Given the choice, would not vote to allow oil and gas drilling or fracking in CS city limits

Bernie Herpin

Online: Herpins.com; Facebook campaign page
Resume: Incumbent elected in 2009; senior information systems analyst for Lockheed Martin; Navy and Air Force vet; appointed to City Council (2006)
Endorsements: Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance; Gazette; Pikes Peak Association of Realtors; Colorado Association of Realtors; Pikes Peak Firearms Coalition (Herpin is a PPFC member); Sheriff Terry Maketa, county Commissioners Sallie Clark and Dennis Hisey, Chuck Murphy, Colorado Springs Utilities Employees Advisory Group
Donors: Classic Homes-Elite Properties ($1,000); Elizabeth Enas ($1,500); Linda Herpin ($1,100); Terry Harris ($200); Terry Maketa ($75); Sallie Clark ($50); Les Gruen ($25)
Fracking: Yes, has potential to bring jobs and taxes to schools and city

Al Loma

Online: Al Loma 4 City Council; Facebook campaign page; Twitter campaign account
Resume: Senior pastor of Victory Outreach; Colorado Springs School D-11 board member; founding member of STAR Academy; Colorado Springs Charter Review Commission
Endorsements: HBA; Brian Bahr, CEO Challenger Homes; Willie Breazell, state Senator Owen Hill, former state Senator Andy McElhany, Steve Schuck
Donors: HBA ($2,500); Richmond American Homes-MDC Holdings ($2,500); David Jenkins, Nor’wood ($250); Bob Null ($25); Cindee Will ($25)
Fracking: no mention

Roger McCarville 

Online: Campaign Web site
Resume: semi-retired apartment owner; American Constitution Party candidate for Congress (2006); supported Doug Bruce “Reform Team” slate in the 2011
Endorsements: no list
Donors: self ($3,800)
Fracking: no mention

Colorado Springs City Council District 6

Ed Bircham 

Online: Ed Bircham Colorado Springs City Council
Resume: Founded Bircham Office Products in 1978; well-known for running ads in local newspapers expressing his political views
Endorsements: no list
Donors: self ($5,000)
Fracking: Yes

David Moore

Online: David Moore for Council; Facebook campaign page; Twitter campaign account
Resume: Pastor of Gospel of Grace Church; prayer minister with Andrew Wommack Ministries; Army vet; retired Postal Service
Endorsements: HBA; Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance; Gazette; Colorado Springs Police Protective Association; Pikes Peak Association of Realtors; former state Senator Andy McElhany, Steve Schuck
Donors: HBA ($2,500); Richmond American Homes-MDC Holdings ($2,500); Classic Homes-Elite Properties ($1,500); Oakwood Homes ($1,500); Pikes Peak Assn. of Realtors ($1,000); David Jenkins ($250); Steve Engle ($200); Fred Veitch, Nor’wood ($100)
Fracking: “Yes, I support the exploration of natural resources.”

Andres Pico

Online: Pico 4 Council
Resume: defense contractor Air Force Space Command, U.S. Space Command, NORAD; retired naval flight officer; master’s in international relations and national security and strategic studies
Endorsements: Pikes Peak Firearms Coalition; county Commissioner Amy Lathen, state Senator Bill Cadman, former state Rep. Larry Liston, state Rep. Mark Waller, Colorado Springs Utilities Employees Advisory Group; Colorado Springs Independent
Donors: self ($2,205); Rick Morgan ($400); Harold Miskel ($200); Glen Grose, Colorado Springs Utilities ($150)
Fracking: Yes

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