Mayoral candidate Brian Bahr will be out of the country on Election Day.
Bahr and his wife, Heather, who have five children, are traveling to China on Friday to finalize the adoption of two girls, ages 5 and 9.
The couple, who has been going through the adoption process since 2009, won’t be back until mid-April.
“I consider traveling to China to pick up our daughters and to finalize the adoption as the most important thing I could be doing right now, regardless of whether there are political consequences,” Brian Bahr said in a statement.
”After so many months of waiting, we’re grateful to finally receive travel approval,” he said. “We are excited to meet our daughters, to embrace them, and to bring them home!”
In the statement, the campaign predicts Bahr will finish in the top two on Election Day.
The couple will be back in mid-April “in time to finish the runoff election,” according to the statement.
“We ask all our fine supporters to rally around the bold vision and practical plan that Brian has been talking about for over eight months,” campaign manager Kyle Fisk said in the statement.
“Colorado Springs needs a mayor who puts first things first and who will place core values before politics,” he said. “This is a real-life example of why Colorado Springs would be fortunate to have a principled leader like Brian Bahr as our next Mayor.”
Brian Bahr issued an open letter to Springs residents to explain the trip to China.
“My core convictions lead me to believe that placing my family first by traveling to China at this time is the right thing to do,” he wrote. “If you agree that values and principles must come before politics, I ask for your support and your vote this election. As mayor, you can trust me to prioritize and do the right thing, even when it isn’t easy.”