John Suthers is ruling out a future bid for Colorado governor and he won’t say how close to becoming a part of the Trump administration he came. But he will say that he thinks Colorado Springs is on solid ground — and that he’s glad to be its mayor.
When John Suthers termed out of statewide office in 2015, after the longest run as Colorado attorney general in state history, the powerful Republican did not slide into retirement.
Within six months, he was elected mayor of the second-largest city in the state and quietly began working to jumpstart Colorado Springs’ listless recovery from the Great Recession.
Now, after the sweeping losses for his party in the November elections, Suthers finds himself with an outsized voice in the Colorado GOP and sees a need for change — a change in GOP candidates with messages to match the shifting demographics of the state.