The Election of Kevin De León

Letters to the Editor: Kevin de León wants to serve his constituents. So why isn’t he resigning?

It feels a little odd to write this as the former president of the Colorado Springs City Council. I wrote about the election of Kevin de León last week, which ended his four years as CSCPS president. De León was re-elected with 76 percent of the vote, and he should be serving as the seventh Colorado Springs city councilor to be elected since the current city council was elected in 2012. It took me four years to write that.

De León wanted to run against me, but he was concerned about the controversy between me and his primary challenger as well as the fact that I had worked tirelessly for his re-election. I took issue with the way this campaign was being run. We had a contentious primary and a very nasty general election, in which my opponent, Lisa Daugaard, and I were tied at 58 percent. In the end, I won the election by a slim margin.

On a personal note, I was raised by my single mom. She was the best mom a kid could have. She worked two jobs, and went to college, first at the University of Denver and then the University of Western Ontario. That’s a lot of hard work. She had three children and was a wonderful mother. She was my hero.

The first time I went to the Denver Art Museum was with her. I was 16 years old. My mom worked at the museum and took me with her. I got to work with my heroes: Joan Miró, Jacques Lipchitz, and Pablo Picasso. My mom was a great visual artist herself, and she was really supportive of my passion for art. She got me into art at 14 years old and supported me all along.

I was a political science major in college and knew who my dad was. My parents were immigrants and grew up in the immigrant neighborhood of Arvada. They knew no English, let alone Spanish. They were lucky to have a family friend who

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