Mary Lou Makepeace, Colorado Springs' first and only woman elected mayor to date, has endorsed Maile Foster, who hopes to become one of the first independent candidates elected to the Legislature.
Foster, a financial advisor and former president of the Rotary Club of Colorado Springs, is running for the West Side House District 18 seat held by Pete Lee, D-Colorado Springs, who is running for an open state Senate seat.
She's one of five independent candidates statewide backed by Unite Colorado, the local arm of the national organization formerly known as the Centrist Project. It's pouring resources into electing lawmakers who aren't affiliated with either major party.
"Maile Foster will be a change agent in the Colorado Legislature," Makepeace said in a statement. "As an independent, she will consider what is best for us the people who voted for her - and not the party establishment."
Makepeace was mayor from 1997-2003. She sought the office again in 2015 but lost to John Suthers in a run-off. The former Republican dropped her party affiliation in June 2016, after the GOP nomination of Donald Trump, now president.Democrats Terry Martinez and former Manitou Springs Mayor Marc Snyder are running in the June 26 primary for the seat. Jillian Likness is the GOP nominee.