35 years of living in — and fighting for — a better Colorado Springs. Richard Skorman has served his community passionately and thoughtfully, all while growing profitable downtown businesses that now employ more than 50 people.
He’s a collaborator by nature who loves digging into policy and finding ways that government and the private sector can work together for common-sense solutions we all care about. Let’s put his singular experience to work for Colorado Springs!
Proven and dedicated leadership
- Seven years of City Council service (1999-2007).
- Two years as Vice Mayor (2003-2005).
- Former President of the Board of Downtown Colorado Springs Inc., (Now the Downtown Partnership).
- Past board member of The Gill Foundation, Citizen’s Project, The Mountain Reclamation Board (responsible for fixing the Queens and Pikeview Quarry Scars), Keep Colorado Springs Beautiful, The Colorado Springs Conservation Corp, WeCycle, The Downtown Partnership, SpringSpree and The Greenway Fund.
A champion for open spaces
- Founder and current Board Member of Fountain Creek Watershed, Flood Control and Greenway District and
- Author of Senator Ken Salazar’s Crown Jewel Vision for Fountain Creek.
- Former President of Save Cheyenne, a non-profit formed to oppose the City’s Strawberry Fields land swap with City without due diligence or public input.
- Founder and Co-Director of all three Trails, Open Space and Parks Initiatives.
- Former City Parks Board Member.
- Fundraising Chair for the $1.6 million Stratton Land Campaign, the largest land protection campaign in our region’s history.
- Leadership role in protecting Red Rock Canyon, Cheyenne Mountain State Park, Union Meadows, White Acres, Blodgette Peak Open Space and many other public parks, trails and open spaces.
- Former Conservation Finance Director of the Colorado Trust for Public Land helping dozens of communities raise hundreds of millions of dollars for protecting land for public use.
- First Executive Director for the Colorado Environmental Coalition.
- Founder of the U.S. Environmental Film Festival, now the National Geographic Festival of Environmental Films in Washington DC.
Standing up for victims
- Led efforts for Colorado Springs to establish its own DNA lab; before this, investigators waited for weeks to get DNA tests back from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
- Lead Council advocate for TESSA — providing advocates for victims of sexual assault.
- Initiated owner liability for “the first bite from a dog” bill at the State Legislature, which made the owners of aggressive dogs liable for victim injuries.
Forging a more inclusive, compassionate city
- Lead Council advocate for Complete Streets, which required that every new street built in the City was accessible for people with disabilities.
- As Vice Mayor, led nationally recognized Katrina Relief effort, which provided housing, health services and support for 2,000 hurricane victims.
Fighting for effective infrastructure
- Played a key role in securing and getting the agreement of the 1041 agreement with Pueblo County to allow us to build the Southern Delivery System from the Pueblo Reservoir.
- Chaired the Emergency Committee of the Regional Stormwater Authority, whose mission was to set aside $100 million for fire, flood and landslide mitigation for our Wildland Urban Interface.
- Played a key Council role in the referral and passage of the Springs Community Improvement Program, the Public Safety Sales Tax and the Pikes Peak Rural Transit Authority.
- As Chair of the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments, Richard led the effort to get our fair share of Federal Gas Tax money to expand I-25 from South Academy to North Academy.
- Personally lobbied state environmental group leaders and legislators to allow our 35 megawatt Tesla Hydro Electric Plant to be credited as a renewable energy after Amendment 37 passed, saving ratepayers millions.