In nine days, Colorado Springs voters will make history by choosing the city’s first strong mayor.

Will it be Steve Bach, 68, a commercial real estate broker who says City Hall needs a fresh perspective?

Or will it be Richard Skorman, 58, a downtown businessman and former city councilman who says the city needs an experienced hand?

Colorado Springs’ next mayor will have to meet high expectations from the public and lead city government through a time of transition under the new strong-mayor form of government.

The next mayor will be the city’s chief executive, a position that pays about $96,000, and have broad new powers that include hiring and firing department heads and developing spending priorities.

Much is riding on the next mayor, who will lay the groundwork for a governance structure that is untested in Colorado Springs.

Click here for a profile of Steve Bach.

Click here for a profile of Richard Skorman.

Click here for The Gazette's election page.


Ballots in the city’s all-mail runoff election must be returned, not just postmarked, by 7 p.m. May 17, which is Election Day.

Ballots can be returned by mail or dropped off at one of the following locations 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through May 16 and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 17:

City Clerk’s Office, 30 S. Nevada Ave., Suite 101

Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N . Hancock Ave.

Fire Station #8, 3737 Airport Rd.

Fire Station #17, 3750 Tutt Blvd.

Fire Station #19, 2490 Research Parkway

Fire Station #20, 6755 Rangewood Dr.

Gold Hill Police Substation, 955 W. Moreno Ave.