City Council candidate Gretchen Kasameyer is dating accused killer Bruce Nozolino.
Kasameyer, a veterinarian who is running as part of a slate started by anti-tax activist Douglas Bruce, said Saturday that her relationship with Nozolino influenced her decision to run.
“We met because of our shared political beliefs,” she said in an e-mail.
Kasameyer is among five at-large council candidates running on a slate called the “Reform Team.”
The slate is the brainchild of Douglas Bruce, who is friends with Nozolino. Bruce has said that Nozolino is incapable of murder.
When council candidates were allowed to introduce themselves during the Pikes Peak Firearms Coalition mayoral forum last week, Bruce defended Nozolino.
The next day, a judge set Nozolino’s bond at $10 million, the highest bond in recent memory in El Paso County, according to reporter John Ensslin.
Nozolino, 49, is accused of killing a man allegedly having an affair with Nozolino’s then-wife. Nozolino also is charged with trying to kill the attorney who represented Nozolino’s ex-wife in their bitter divorce and Judge Gilbert Martinez, who presided over the divorce.
Kasameyer said that if elected, her relationship with Nozolino would not affect her decision-making on matters involving, for example, the Police Department.
According to her biography, Kasameyer is a member of the National Rifle Association and enjoys, among other things, target practice.
Nozolino championed gun rights.