Councilwoman Yolanda Avila will likely serve another term representing Colorado Springs’ District 4.

Unofficial election results from the city clerk's office Tuesday night showed incumbent Avila soundly defeating her challenger, business owner Regina English, 48, in the two-way race. Avila gained 3,478 votes — 61.5% of ballots — compared with English's 2,175 votes, or 38.5% of ballots.

The race was one of six district races on the April ballot that could determine the direction of council for the next four years. Only the three at-large seats were not facing re-election.

District 4 includes the southeast portion of Colorado Springs and is considered a more liberal area of the city. It has a higher percentage of minority residents and higher rate of poverty than other districts.

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Avila, 65, did not immediately return a call requesting comment Tuesday night.

During her campaign, the retired criminal defense investigator said she expects to continue working on infrastructure, transit and economic development. Before she was first elected to office in 2017, Avila was a community advocate who fought for transit improvements, among other issues. Avila has said she plans to continue fighting for greater frequency and connectivity of city buses.

Gazette reporter Mary Shinn provides an update of tonight's unofficial results in the 2021 Colorado Springs City Council race in districts 1-3.

"If there is more frequency more people will use transportation," she previously said.

Avila has also said she sees a need for greater police reform and to promote more affordable housing options in the city.

Gazette reporter Breeanna Jent provides an update of tonight's unofficial results in the 2021 Colorado Springs City Council race in districts 4-6 and takes a look at voter turnout.

Avila overwhelmed her opponent in fundraising, bringing in about $19,000 compared with about $1,600 English had on hand as of March 28, the most recent campaign finance deadline.

Avila had received $3,000 from nonprofit Together for Colorado Springs, $2,000 from Nor’wood and $1,000 from the local firefighter’s association.

Voter turnout in District 4 again trailed the city's five other districts Tuesday, with just with just 5,166 ballots cast in the two-way race. That's nearly half as many votes as cast in the two-way race for District 6, which had 9,667 votes. Other races garnered more than 13,000.

Turnout in the district mirrored that in the 2019 City Council election, which saw less than half as many voters in District 4 cast ballots as in other races.

 

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Breeanna Jent covers El Paso County government. She previously worked as the editorial assistant for the Pikes Peak Newspapers and joined their sister paper, The Gazette, in 2020.

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