It’s Election Day to vote for a new mayor of Colorado Springs where the Republican Party has become so fractured that many fear the seat will go to a political newcomer who is (gasp!) not a Republican.
Yemi Mobolade is described as a progressive political outsider and an agent of disruption who will take the city on a new path of all things good.
Or as we call it, socialism.
The Nigerian immigrant has been glaringly short on details, but he’s big on inclusivity, embracing all cultures, and in general espousing shiny rhetoric that he promises will be pragmatic.
Here’s a clue: Mobolade served as a ministry leader at First Presbyterian Church of Colorado Springs from 2015 to 2017, a religion that leans towards more liberal and progressive views.
And if he’s elected over Republican Wayne Williams, Democrats and lefties across Colorado will celebrate. They might even throw a parade.
Because if Colorado Springs turns its back to the Republican Party, it’s future in the state certainly looks bleak.
From Axios Denver:
Why it matters: The election is yet another sign the state’s second-largest city is shifting politically, and its image as a conservative stronghold known for military bases and megachurches is fading.
The fabric of the community is changing — from its cost of housing to the way people vote.
Mobolade came in first place with 30% of the vote in the April election, followed by Williams with 19% of the vote, forcing a runoff as neither captured more than 50% of the vote.
Stay tuned for tonight’s results.