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The following is a statement from Mayor Yemi Mobolade regarding the passing of Stephannie Fortune.

“Today our city woke up to the heart-wrenching news of Stephannie Fortune’s passing,” said Mayor Mobolade. “A former City Councilmember who rose to every challenge with kindness and compassion, Stephannie courageously stepped up when Colorado Springs needed her the most. While her impact on this community is deep and lasting and the list of her accomplishments is long, she will be remembered first and foremost as a friend. Our hearts and prayers are with her husband, Kent, and her family and friends, of which there are many. Through both her public and private service, she made our city a better place to live. Her stewardship of a collaborative government working with residents for residents is a legacy that all our elected officials should strive to match. I first met Stephannie in January 2015 when she presented me with a Mayor’s Young Leader Award for economic development on behalf of Mayor Steve Bach. My leadership journey in this city is in large part due to Stephannie’s influence in my life. I am one of thousands with that story. Stephannie will always be one of the true champions of Colorado Springs and her example of goodness, strength and joy will live on through the many, many people she touched.”

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