April 2017 Candidates
Citizens Project invited every candidate on the ballot to participate in the candidate survey. All responses are presented as received from the candidates, without editing for grammar, punctuation, or spelling.
Candidates are listed in the order they appear on the ballot.

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Don Knight

Greg Basham


Don Knight

Greg Basham



David Geislinger



Richard Skorman

Chuck Fowler

Richard Skorman

Chuck Fowler


Yolanda Avila

Deborah Hendrix


Yolanda L Avila

Deborah L Hendrix



Jill Gaebler

Lynette Crow-Iverson


Jill Gaebler

Lynette Crow-Iverson

  • Contact Information:

    E-Mail lcrow@conspire2hire.com Website: www.friendsforlynettecrow.com Phone: 719-351-9226

  • What are the top two issues facing Colorado Springs and how will you address them?

    #1: We need to establish a business friendly Council. One that fosters the environment which then creates jobs, supports businesses (existing and new), and strengthens our economy. As an accomplished small-business owner, I have seen how the reduction of regulations directly led to more jobs and more money in our citizens’ pockets. #2: We need to strengthen the partnerships throughout the community to better serve our city. I want residents of all ages to stay, grow their families and retire in Colorado Springs. Pride for our City must be elevated, and is linked to the quality of opportunities found here.

  • What proactive steps should council and the mayor take to gather citizen input early in discussions about city issues, and to better promote public access to government information?

    My message is simple: this is about leadership that empowers people, not government. We live in a city of growing opportunity, and the primary role of government is to ensure that opportunities are accessible and attainable for residents, citizens and visitors alike. It is about customer service for our citizens that must focus on the speed and quality of services delivered, citizen input, and cost. We need to establish standards and benchmarks to cut red tape, improve processing times, transparency and predictability, so our citizens know exactly what to expect. Outcome-based ideas, not personalities or politics, will be the priority.

  • What is the ideal relationship between the City and its enterprises, and how can Council ensure that services provided by Colorado Springs Utilities and other enterprises remain accessible and affordable for all residents?

    I believe we have an excellent Utilities Department with dedicated and hardworking employees. I believe maintaining it as a city owned asset— with only four services— keeps it accessible and affordable. We have two major advantages of being municipal- owned: 1) local governance, and 2) cost saving controls for our customers. With regards to oversight of CSU, the role of City Council is to hire the CEO, hold leadership accountable, and make proper informed decisions to expansion and rates. I will evaluate, and balance every decision, based on the cost of expansion versus the cost to the stakeholders.

  • Last year a resolution opposing the relocation of refugees to our community was introduced before City Council. Do you support that resolution - why or why not?

    The issue of whether our country, our state or our city allowing refugees is strictly within the purview of the executive branch of the federal government. I believe in the separation of powers enumerated by the U.S. Constitution; specifically between the legislative, executive and judicial powers. Colorado Springs’ City Council is the municipal’s legislative branch and should focus ONLY on the issues it controls (e.g., land use and CSU governance, for instance). I would have fought against this resolution and the discussion surrounding it, as a lack of focus from the business of this city and waste of time.

  • What are your plans for, or ideas about, addressing our community’s need to assist those most vulnerable in our community?

    Our health as a city depends on ensuring that all members of the community can access the services they need. We need to break down barriers so those at-risk are as much a part of the city as everyone else. We need to understand their challenges, as well as their value. Current efforts have not produced enough affordable housing and discourages density/mixed-use development. Homelessness and supportive services—including mental health resources— for the most vulnerable are real issues we face on a daily basis. The solution involves a multi-pronged effort involving a collaborative effort involving all facets of our community.

  • What do you see as the needs of our public transit system? How will you address those needs?

    I want to make Colorado Springs one of the “Most Livable Cities” with a world-class transit and a multi-modal system that drives economic growth, sustainable development and accessibility for all. Low density patterns and limited resources are a challenge for public transportation. Intra-city mobility must provide frequent service with an emphasis on transit corridors that connect all riders with multiple destination options. We should redesign bus operations to provide multiple stops throughout the city center, rather than at one fixed transit center, while focusing on routes that have the strongest ridership and have the best chance of attracting new riders.

  • Nationally, there have been efforts on the part of state and local governments to allow for refusal of service to customers when such service conflicts with the business owner’s religious beliefs. Would you support a similar effort in Colorado Springs?

    In 2015, a unanimous three-judge panel of the Colorado Court of Appeals determined it was unlawful to discriminate based on religious beliefs, stating “religious liberty gives you the right to your beliefs but not the right to harm others.” Neither our state’s anti- discrimination law nor this ruling prevents a business owner from expressing their views on any issues they may have religious opposition to and they remain free to dissociate themselves from their customers’ viewpoints; however, state law currently prohibits public accommodations from refusing service based on factors such as race, sex, marital status or sexual orientation.

  • What steps should the City of Colorado Springs take to ensure economic development and job growth in the region? In which areas and sectors should we focus?

    We need to diversify our economic base and the City should act as the conduit to economic growth, not a roadblock. We need an economic gardening ecosystem that cultivates new businesses and supports existing ones through “retain, grow, and attract” strategies. Tourism is a major driver of the local economy with an average of 5M visitors/year, supporting 17,000 jobs while generating over $56M in tax revenue. As such, downtown is essential to strengthening the City’s epicenter of commerce, culture and government. It must grow to become a thriving, dense and connected neighborhood with living, restaurant and retail opportunities.

  • What role does a vibrant and well-funded arts and cultural sector play in the overall vitality of our local economy?

    We should always ask how we can weave the arts into all of our activities and projects as it is an integral part of our community. We are blessed with a dynamic arts and cultural sector. In 2014, Downtown was certified a “Colorado Creative District,” among the first in the state to receive this recognition. The City must commit to maintain these sectors and work with partners – public and private— to ensure their long term viability, so that future generations can also enjoy. We must also work to attract new creative industry employers, entrepreneurs and cultural opportunities.

  • Personal Information:

    Education: Pueblo Community College, University of Southern Colorado Occupation: CEO



Melanie Bernhardt

Andy Pico


Melanie Bernhardt

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