Elections 2023

Election Results

The Official 2023 Election Results are available on the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Website.

Candidates for the November 7, 2023 Election

Mayor (vote for one) 2-year term

Nancy Fortuin

Tyler Graefe     

John Graham

City Council At Large (vote for three) 4-year term

Charlotte “Susan” Presti

Alan Delwiche

Steven Hart

John Shada

Julie Wolfe

Judith Chandler

Anthony Mogck

Carey Storm

Mark Lee

Colin McAllister

  1. Judy Egbert

    City Clerk

  2. Elena Krebs

    Deputy City Clerk

Petition Information

To be eligible for placement on the ballot, candidates must collect a petition containing at least 25 valid signatures from registered Manitou Springs voters.

As a voter, please keep in mind that you can sign a maximum of three petitions for the at-large seats and one petition for the Mayor seat. Any petitions other than the first three at large petitions and the first singular mayor petition you sign will be considered invalid and will not be counted towards the total signature count for that specific petition.

Becoming a Candidate

All candidates for public office must file a candidate affidavit, which can be picked up in the City Clerk’s Office. A person becomes a candidate at the point where they publicly announce an intent to seek public office and thereafter receives a contribution or makes an expenditure in support of their candidacy. The candidate affidavit must be filed with the City Clerk's Office within 10 days of becoming a candidate.


  1. Registered elector of the City of Manitou Springs.
  2. A citizen of the United States for at least five years.
  3. Must have resided in Manitou Springs for no less than one year.
  4. If seeking a ward position, you must be a resident of the ward at the time of appointment and during the tenure in office.

Filing for Office

In order to run for a municipal office, a nomination petition must be circulated and submitted during the filing period.

August 8, 2023, marks the first day nomination petitions may be circulated. Nomination petitions must be submitted in person to the City Clerk's Office by 5 p.m. on August 28, 2023.

 Nomination petition packets will be available in the City Clerk’s Office on August 8, 2023 at 8:00 a.m.

2023 Election Calendar


Upon Candidacy

Candidate Affidavit due within ten (10) days of becoming a candidate (C.R.S. 1-45-110(1))


August 8, 2023

First day Nomination Petitions may be circulated (C.R.S. 1-4-805)


August 28, 2023

Last day Nomination Petitions may be circulated (Turn in to City Clerk by 5:00 p.m.) (C.R.S. 1-4-805)


September 1, 2023

Last day Nomination Petition signatures, if determined by the City Clerk to be insufficient, may be amended, corrected or replaced (C.R.S. 1-4-805)


September 4, 2023Last Day to file affidavit of intent to be write-in candidate.

September 6, 2023

Lot drawing for the order in which candidate’s names will appear on the ballot which will be conducted by the City Clerk.


September 8, 2023

Last day to finalize the City’s ballot and certify contents to the El Paso County Election Office (C.R.S. 1-5-203(3)(a))


October 16, 2023

First day mail ballots may be sent to registered electors and made available at the El Paso County Election Office (C.R.S. 1-7.5-107(3)(a))


October 17, 2023

Campaign report due to City Clerk per Fair Campaign Practices Act (covers period November 29, 2022 through October 12, 2023) (C.R.S. 1-45-108(2)(a)(II))

 Campaign and Political Finance Manual Link

November 3, 2023

Campaign report due to City Clerk per Fair Campaign Practices Act (covers period from October 13, 2023 through October 29, 2023) (C.R.S. 1-45-108(2)(a)(II))

Campaign and Political Finance Manual Link

November 7, 2023



December 7, 2023

Campaign report due to City Clerk per Fair Campaign Practices Act (covers period from October 30, 2023 through December 2, 2023) (C.R.S. 1-45-108(2)(a)(II))

 Campaign and Political Finance Manual Link


Campaign report due (if applicable) on November 1st of each year following election (C.R.S. 1-45-108(2)(a)(II))



Campaign Finance Information

Local candidates and committees file all campaign finance reports with the City Clerk. This includes candidate committees, as well as local political and issue committees.

Candidates must form a candidate committee to accept contributions and make expenditures under the authority of that candidate, unless they opt to be a standalone candidate who does not accept contributions and only spends their own money. Candidate committees must register with the City Clerk's Office before accepting contributions or making expenditures.

There are standard reporting deadlines for all candidates and committees, noted in the election calendar above. Additional reports may be required depending upon specific campaign activities.

 For more information about campaign finance law and reporting requirements, review the following resources:

Campaign Finance Forms

All campaign finance forms are available to on the Secretary of State's website. Most forms have both a PDF and Word version ready to download.

If you have questions or need assistance please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 719-685-2554 or cityclerk@manitouspringsco.gov.

*Please note that the City Clerk’s Office cannot provide legal advice.