The Pueblo Chieftain: Stretch run for mayoral ‘Sweet 16’
Author: The Pueblo Chieftain Editorial Board - September 11, 2018 - Updated: September 11, 2018
The field of candidates vying to become Pueblo’s first mayor in 63 years is down to 16 hopefuls. In the NCAA basketball tournament, the survivors of the first two rounds are known as the “Sweet Sixteen.”
How sweet these candidates are remains to be seen, but the political process to this point has felt a lot like the NCAA’s “March Madness.” After voters approved a ballot initiative establishing the mayor’s office last November, there were plenty of parties interested in filling the $150,000-a-year job.
In fact, judging by the blizzard of declaration announcements, it almost seemed like we were going to have more people running for the office than those who weren’t. Fortunately, there’s a requirement that candidates get 100 signatures from people who are registered to vote in Pueblo in order to qualify for the ballot.