The submission of candidates for the general municipal elections of April 1, 2025, is quickly approaching and the offices that will appear on the ballot are the six districts of the City Council of Colorado Springs. Voters in Colorado Springs will elect three city council members overall, all of whom will be new faces to the council. The City Council of Colorado Springs is responsible for a variety of tasks, such as appointing the municipal auditor and council administrator, approving the city's budget, setting tax rates, acting as the Colorado Springs Utilities board of directors, establishing policies, and passing ordinances and resolutions to govern the city. In addition, Colorado Springs voters will consider whether or not to extend the sales tax on trails, open spaces and parks (TOPS) for another 20 years.
If you are considering running for City Council in Colorado Springs, there are certain qualifications you must meet. You must be a registered voter in Colorado Springs and have lived in the city for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the election. You must also be at least 21 years old and a resident of the district you are running for. The City of Colorado Springs also requires candidates who propose to place signs that are placed within the scope of the right of way to submit temporary permit applications for small and large signs for formal review and approval. Running for City Council in Colorado Springs is an exciting opportunity to make a difference in your community.
If you meet all of the qualifications and are interested in running for office, make sure to submit your candidacy by January 2, 2025. StoryCorps visited Colorado Springs during the month of June to record stories from community members about their experiences with local government.