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Gonzalez to run for Colo. Springs mayor


Last updated 3/8/2022 at 2:21pm | View PDF

Longinos Gonzalez Jr.

Current El Paso County Commissioner Longinos Gonzalez, Jr. has entered the race for mayor of Colorado Springs.

Gonzalez is an Air Force Academy graduate and retired intelligence officer (Lt. Colonel), teacher, businessman, and current commissioner representing District 4, which includes Fort Carson, Fountain, Security, Widefield, the area around Colorado Springs Airport, and the county east of these areas.

"Longinos is a well-respected leader for the community," his candidacy announcement read. "His breadth of experience has proven beneficial to the region during his term in office. He has a proven record of leading large government entities producing award-winning services on streamlined budgets. During COVID, when the region needed a strong, visible voice, Longinos was there. His advocacy for families and small businesses and efforts as a commissioner to revitalize the local economy resulted in the fastest recovery of any metro area in Colorado. That level of leadership and decision-making and a focus on representing all residents makes Longinos Gonzalez the best candidate to lead Colorado Springs onward."

Gonzalez said he will prioritize properly funded essential services while stopping the recent trend of local tax increases. Citizens' approval of a TABOR reset in 2021 provides $30-35 million in new funding for essential services.

"As your mayor, Longinos will submit a budget that effectively utilizes those additional funds to improve our roads, strengthen public safety, and improve our parks maintenance efforts, without raising taxes," his statement said.

Gonzalez is also widely known for his support of veterans and seniors, and for his work mentoring youth. He was a science teacher at Carmel Middle School prior to his election as county commissioner and remains a Sunday school teacher at his church, and an occasional guest speaker and substitute in Harrison School District Two.

He first took office as a county commissioner in January 2017. He is in his second term.

"I look forward to continuing my dedicated service to our region and city, and ask for residents' support as we work together in keeping Colorado Springs the city our families desire to live, work and play," he said.

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