Steve Bach

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Steve Bach
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40th Mayor of Colorado Springs
In office
June 7, 2011 – July 2, 2015
Preceded by Lionel Rivera
Succeeded by John Suthers
Personal details
Born Goodland, Kansas, U.S.
Political party Republican
Residence Colorado Springs, Colorado
Alma mater University of Colorado Colorado Springs (BA)
Occupation politician

Stephen G. "Steve" Bach was the mayor of Colorado Springs, Colorado.[1] Elected in a runoff in May 2011, he was the city's first mayor under the new "strong mayor" form of government. In 2014, Bach announced he would not seek a second term as mayor.

Early life[edit]

Bach was born in Kansas and spent summers with family in Colorado, where he later returned to serve in the U.S. Army and graduated from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs with honors.[2]

After graduation, Bach moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he conducted business for a few years before returning to Colorado Springs. He stated that moving away from Colorado Springs was "The hardest day of my life. I know what it’s like to leave."[3] He succeeded in selling real estate in the community, and founded his own brokerage firm.[4]

Mayor of Colorado Springs[edit]

Bach was one of at least 11 mayoral candidates who ran in the April 2011 election to determine the candidates for runoff. He campaigned in the non-partisan election on a platform of "shaking up City Hall" and bringing jobs to the city. Bach ran numerous television spots in both the primary round of voting and the runoff. The runoff election, held May 17, 2011, was between Bach and former City Councilman Richard Skorman, a downtown businessman and a moderate.[5] When the final results were calculated the next day, Bach had received 56,466 votes to Skorman's 42,315.[6] The turnout was 64%, a high number for a local election in an off-year.[7]

Bach was sworn in on June 7, 2011, at the city's historic Pioneers Museum downtown.

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