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Colorado Springs City Council elects Stephannie Fortune to fill District 3 seat

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Friday, Colorado Springs City Council held another special meeting to appoint a replacement for recently-resigned city council member Richard Skorman and his District 3 seat. In the end, the council voted 5-3 to elect local political activist Stephannie Fortune.

On Dec. 18th an informal council vote during a work session came in favor of local political activist Stephannie Fortune, 58. Fortune is a longtime community activist who has worked for several elected leaders at the local, state, and national levels.

After an early Monday morning special meeting that lasted two and a half hours and had nearly 100 people in the audience, the council deadlocked on a 4-4 vote to appoint Fortune to fill Skorman's term until the spring 2023 city election.

Since January 5th, dozens upon dozens of emails were sent to Colorado Springs city council members opposing the appointment of Fortune to the District 3 council seat. District 3 candidates opposed Fortune's appointment either due to her politics or the fact that she recently moved into the district.

Stephannie Fortune

Fortune moved into District 3 just this past November, but she tells KRDO she is very much invested in the area.

“I want people to know I care about their issues I’ve worked inside District 3 with the zoo, with the colorado springs conservatory, and with small businesses," Fortune said. "Most of my commerce I do as an individual is in District 3, and I am ready to build on that. I am ready to represent the people and have their voices be heard.”

Longtime District 3 city councilman Richard Skorman has spoken out on social media regarding his potential successor ahead of a second special meeting this week to appoint his replacement.

Richard Skorman

Skorman, who isn't allowed to be involved in the process to select his replacement, said that he hasn't spoken publicly about it out of respect for the candidates and to avoid interfering.

On Thursday morning, Skorman confirmed with KRDO that he posted a letter to his constituents on the Nextdoor app Wednesday evening, recommending that one of two of the seven finalists succeed him -- Terry Martinez or Toby Gannett.

In total, seven finalists are still in the running for the Colorado Springs District 3 appointment: Sallie Clark, Toby Gannett, Laura Gardner, Art Glynn, Terry Martinez, Brandy Williams, and Fortune.

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8 Comments

  1. Vote again? 4-4 wasn’t good enough? Oh that’s right…the money funneled in to change the vote to 5-3…watch and see!

    1. The council was required to fill the position no later than the end of this month. Ergo, another vote was inevitable. Like it or not, Ms. Fortune is the District 3 representative until the Spring 2023 elections.

  2. Wonder how much Stephannie Fortune and her donors spent to purchase the empty seat. It’s always about money and never about the voters or the districts. Political parties are quick to sell thier integrity for donations, just like the politicians here in Colorado Springs. The city maybe growing but only the wealthy are making money while the average Joe pays more in taxes in the form of higher utilities, gasoline and rent. City goverment is a business, democracy is a lie these days. The chains may not be around our necks, instead the majority are economic slaves to the few, political parties and government.

  3. It’s so nice that city council appoints itself and does whatever it wants. Just think of all the time and worry it saves us regular ol’ poor people.

    1. There is no alternative when a city council seat becomes vacant during the term. The city charter states that the council will fill the vacancy by appointment, and specifies how long they have to make that appointment. Would a vote by the district voters be preferred? Certainly. However, that is currently not an option.

  4. Stop complaining.see what kind of job she does. If it doesn’t meet your expectations, then vote her out when the time comes.at least she’s not a recent transplant from the east or west coast trying to tell us what to do.

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