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Geislinger, new District 2 councilman, plans to lead with a social justice doctrine

April 4, 2017 Updated: April 5, 2017 at 9:41 am
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David Geislinger Thursday, February 9, 2017. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

Former lawyer and current hospital chaplain David Geislinger knew he had cinched the District 2 seat covering northern Colorado Springs months ago, after City Councilman Larry Bagley decided not to run for re-election and a sole opponent dropped out.

But what Geislinger still doesn't know, even after Tuesday's election, is how the new City Council will all shake out.

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"We are going to have to figure out how the personalities and agendas and various views will mesh," he said. "It's not just about this person won in this district. It's what's the coalition, the makeup going to look like, and how the new people will work with the three that are still on the council."

Geislinger says he is driven by Catholic social justice doctrine, biblically guided views on issues relating to poverty and wealth, economics, social organization and the role of the state.

He plans to concentrate on the platform he ran on, which includes improving the city's image, investing in low-income housing in the city through taxes, and spending more on stormwater solutions, maintaining and building infrastructure, and increasing public safety.

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