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Apr 3, 2013 1:27 AM by Andy Koen

King wins pricey council contest in District 3

COLORADO SPRINGS - The big money race in the Colorado Springs City election took place in District 3. More than $135,000 was raised by three candidates: Keith King, Brandy Williams and Jim Bensberg. Put in perspective, that is more than one-third of the roughly $340,000 raised by all of the council candidates in every race.

Former State Senator Keith King is the unofficial winner. King received last minute support from opponents Tom Gallagher and Bob Kinsey who both dropped out of the race.
During a celebration at the Olive Branch Restaurant, King said creating a business friendly climate is first priority.

"I want to make it a strong council, I want to start looking for job creation and start doing things with the mayor to make this an entrepreneurial hub and make this a city that we can have people come here and really create jobs," King said.

Incumbent Councilwoman Brandy Williams was the unofficial runner up. She was the only woman running in District 3 and the youngest in that race.

Williams supported the pay raise for councilmembers which may have hurt her politically. She was also the target of a lot of negative campaign ads from an the outside 527 committee Citizens for Sound Government and the political action committee Americans for Prosperity.

"I think it's because I spent two years representing the people and I really wasn't beholden to anybody and I think there's a group out there that likes people that they can tell what to do," she said. "And they couldn't tell me what to do."

Districts 1, 3 and 5 had the highest voter turnout with around 14,000 - 15,000 ballots counted in each race as of 9:38 p.m. Tuesday.

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