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    WHERE TO CAST YOUR BALLOT

    It is now too late to mail in your ballot.

    To ensure your vote counts, you must turn your ballot in at one of the many dropbox locations across the city or cast your ballot in person.

    For your convenience, we’ll list the locations that can accommodate all voter services including a 24-hour ballot dropbox.

    If you need additional information, call 575-VOTE or visit http://www.epcvotes.com/return-my-ballot-1.html.

    While you can cast your ballot anywhere across the county, these three locations below are the most centrally located to our district.

     

    SD 11 Full-Service Voting Locations

    Manitou Springs City Hall

    606 Manitou Ave

    Manitou Springs

    80829

     

     

    Centennial Hall

    200 S Cascade

    Colorado Springs

    80903

     

     

    Southeast Clerk’s Office/DMV

    5650 Industrial Pl

    Corner of Powers and Airport

    Colorado Springs

    80916

     

  • Gazette Endorses Bernie Herpin

    State Sen. Bernie Herpin is a new kind of legislator and the kind we need for progress. He crosses the partisan aisle without hesitation when it may result in a better outcome for the public. Herpin doesn’t embrace doctrinaire special-interest political agendas. He cares about jobs, public safety, school choice and liberty.

    With enthusiasm, The Gazette endorses Herpin to continue serving Senate District 11.

    Rewind a few years and The Gazette’s editorial board would not have anticipated this recommendation. Herpin had served on the Colorado Springs City Council, and we had differences. We thought his compassion for public employees, for example, went too far at times.

    No longer on the council, Herpin’s fate changed in 2013 like the Colorado weather. State Senate President John Morse went off the rails, and voters initiated a recall. With the powerful Democratic senator’s continued service in question, District 11 precinct leaders chose Herpin to run as his replacement.

    Herpin, a political moderate, was the perfect candidate to represent a diverse area of well-educated voters who are mostly interested in good outcomes. They didn’t want a firebrand right winger and had grown tired of a senator who would not take most phone calls, return emails or listen to the pleas of law enforcement officers who wanted stricter punishments for child molesters.

    Herpin was elected into a political chamber controlled by the other party, whose members were understandably miffed about the man who would replace the highest-ranking legislator in their party. We expected almost nothing from Herpin during this year’s legislative session.

    But Herpin wasn’t about to sit as a place holder. He immediately broke through the partisan divide and showed the majority his desire to work toward common goals. Most notably, he set aside any desire for a Republican version of Jessica’s Law — a bill that increases penalties for the most monstrous predators who sexually violate children — and worked to pass a Democratic version. Had he not done this, Colorado might have remained among a handful of states that have refused this law. Strict party loyalty had kept multiple Jessica’s Law proposals from reaching the governor’s desk for years.

    Herpin also used his first term to do what few other politicians want to see. He pushed for more transparency in government. He co-sponsored a bill to include the public in more process leading up to highway construction. He pushed to strengthen shield laws for reporters who protect sources needed to better inform the public about matters that would otherwise remain secret.

    Mostly, Herpin made himself accessible. He held regular constituent hours. He returned emails and phone calls — from people who actually live here. Best we can tell, he had no phone conversations with former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who can’t resist trying to buy Colorado’s political process with part of his $34 billion fortune.

    Herpin’s opponent, Michael Merrifield, recently worked for Bloomberg as state director of an anti-Second Amendment campaign. Unlike Herpin, an unabashed supporter of parental choice in education, Merrifield prefers the one-size-fits-all school monopoly of days gone by. We can’t get over his email that says: “There must be a special place in hell for these Privatizers, Charterizers and Voucherizers. They deserve it!”

    Merrifield: Good man; controlling politician. Herpin: Good man; good public servant. That’s why we hope voters of District 11 repeat their wise decision to put Herpin in the Senate.

    Read more at http://gazette.com/editorial-gazette-endorses-bernie-herpin/article/1539149#ASK8rGzKA0ocIScc.99

  • Gazette Marks Historic Oath

    On October 3, 2013 we made history when Senator Herpin was sworn-in to replace recalled Senate President John Morse. Read the Colorado Springs Gazette’s editorial marking the one-year anniversary of this momentous occasion.

    EDITORIAL: State senate changed a year ago today

    A year ago today, Colorado celebrated a milestone with the swearing in of state Sen. Bernie Herpin — a moderate Republican lots of Democrats like.

    Today’s anniversary marks the choice of voters to liberate Colorado from the heavy-handed influence of then-New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who uses portions of his $34 billion fortune to buy politicians and make laws throughout the country. Bloomberg favors laws so oppressive — regulating soft drinks, liquor retail “density” and salt consumption at restaurants — even most New Yorkers reject them.

    Bloomberg called and persuaded Gov. John Hickenlooper to sign three of the country’s most extreme gun control laws. This year, Bloomberg endorsed Hickenlooper and U.S. Sen. Mark Udall through one of his anti-Second Amendment organizations.

    Bloomberg had firm control of state Senate President John Morse, the man voters recalled and replaced with Herpin. Morse had so much more interest in Bloomberg than in this community that he told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow he ignored constituent emails that opposed the New York mayor’s agenda. He advised other politicians to likewise dispense with constituent emails.

    “Just move along and don’t read any more of these than you absolutely have to. Because, it will, uh, wear on your psyche and it has weared on my psyche,” Morse said on national TV.

    While constituents weared on the senator’s psyche, the snub wore on voters who threw him out. By replacing Morse with Herpin, they gained the Legislature’s biggest advocate of transparency and a leader who schedules regular constituent hours throughout the district. Herpin thinks the job involves talking to people who elected him.

    But the Bloomberg agenda remains alive and well. As of Thursday, Herpin’s out-of-state opponents had spent more than $310,000 to fund deceptive ads attacking him. The money has all channeled through Adelstein Liston — the Washington and Chicago-based marketing firm behind President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Senate 
Majority Leader Harry Reid and the AFL-CIO.

    The out-of-state anti-Herpin cash represents 43 percent of all out-of-state money spent so far to defeat all other Colorado Republican state senate candidates. They want Herpin out and a Bloomberg man in.

    They want Michael Merrifield, whose ties to Bloomberg are greater than those of Hickenlooper, Udall and Morse. Unlike the others, Merrifield worked as state director for Bloomberg’s anti-Second Amendment campaign.

    While Bloomberg wants to ban big sodas, salt and guns, Merrifield goes further. Given the chance, he’d undo the competitive education options that benefit Colorado’s underprivileged children while annoying the teachers union.

    “There must be a special place in hell for these Privatizers, Charterizers and Voucherizers. They deserve it!” Merrifield wrote in an email to Sen. Sue Windels, chairwoman of the Senate Education Committee at the time.

    The most notable person to defend the email was Morse, who told the Colorado Independent: Merrifield “believes that charter schools undo public education. ”

    If so, Merrifield might be happy to hear this: Charter schools are public education, 100 percent.

    We don’t need a replay of 2013, when star-struck legislators and the governor brazenly ignored constituents. On this anniversary of Herpin’s swearing in, remember when Bloomberg’s legislators nearly caused a riot outside the state Capitol with partisan indifference to independents, Republicans and sheriffs. Remember how things stabilized after the recalls. Then give thanks for a new kind of bipartisan senator who fights for more transparency, accessibility, better public safety and laws that uphold Colorado values.

    Read more at http://gazette.com/editorial-state-senate-changed-a-year-ago-today/article/1538735#zQVTI1OxF8FKwVOC.99

  • Richard Randall Talks About Senate District 11 Race

    The Colorado Senate Republican Leader Bill Cadman (D-12) joined Richard Randall to discuss the upcoming election and specifically our race here in Senate District 11. Listen to their discussion below.

  • ICYMI: Gazette Sets the Record Straight

    The Colorado Springs Gazette was as appauled as we were to see and hear such outrageous lies about Senator Herpin over the airwaves. The Gazette took Mr. Merrifield and his allies to task in their editorial. Read it below.

     

    Editorial: Ad of lies promotes Bloomberg/Merrifield agenda

    Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg took offense when voters recalled one of his puppets, then-Colorado Senate President John Morse. Bloomberg thought his money could buy Colorado elections. That’s why the multibillionaire described voters in the state’s most populous county as rubes so primitive they don’t have roads.

    Those who would return local influence to Bloomberg, with the election of Michael Merrifield, are spending a mountain of out-of-state cash promoting a lie that didn’t work the first time — when Bloomberg wanted to protect Morse from the recall. Deception is common in politics, but this lie involves more calculated deceit than “you can keep your doctor.”

    Hoping to discredit Sen. Bernie Herpin, a popular moderate elected to replace Morse, out-of-state opponents are spending big on ads that claim Herpin arranged a junket while serving on the Colorado Springs City Council. To pay for his trip, the ad says, Herpin “called up Colorado Springs Utilities” and asked the enterprise to provide a $25,000 vacation at an expense to local ratepayers. An animated TV version, which aired before Herpin’s election in 2013, depicts him traveling in a jet.

    They think District 11 residents are stupid. Here are the facts:

    • Lie: Herpin called up Colorado Springs Utilities to arrange a trip. Truth: Herpin served on the board of directors for the utility. As a board member, he was asked to ride a bus crowded with other board members and community leaders to visit the city’s reservoirs and pipelines for an update on their conditions. It’s a routine trek taken so people who make decisions about water know where it originates, and how it’s transported and stored.
    • Lie: Herpin flew on a plane. Truth: Herpin rode a bus. Herpin has never been supplied a plane ride by Utilities.
    • Lie: Herpin’s trip cost $25,000. Truth: Herpin ate modest on-the-go meals that together cost $52. The utility spent $30 to transport him on the bus. Like others on the trip, Herpin spent one night in a Salida motel at a rate of $80. The full cost for Herpin to inspect the water assets was $162 — not $25,000.

    At least half the $162 trip involved on-site education about the Southern Delivery System, a $1 billion pipeline Herpin and other board members governed. The project has been managed so superbly by Utilities staff, with oversight of board members, it is ahead of schedule at nearly $100 million less than expected.

    Though he made billion-dollar decisions, Herpin received no remuneration for serving on the Utilities board.

    As Herpin received $162 in food, shelter and transportation to do his job for free, Bloomberg used part of his $35 billion fortune to meddle in Colorado affairs — in part by appointing Merrifield as state director for an anti-Second Amendment crusade the former mayor will fund with $50 million this year alone. To put Merrifield in office, and further the former New York mayor’s agenda, Bloomberg supporters promote an outright lie about a legitimate, no-frills business trip. It’s unconscionable.

    Merrifield — best known for wishing school-choice parents to hell — should denounce this ad and demand its removal.

    Otherwise, Merrifield supports this political season’s most insulting and outrageous lie.

    Read more at http://gazette.com/editorial-ad-of-lies-promotes-bloombergmerrifield-agenda/article/1538526#cy4xycHMPkQepQdC.99