The Ward II City Council race in Loveland, CO. has taken form with the seat being vacated by Joan Shaffer. At least one candidate has announced intentions to pursue the position, another has expressed interest, and a third said that she may withdraw to support another candidate – if they choose to run.
Business owner Jacki Marsh, who previously announced her plan to run, has made it known that she will withdraw her candidacy to support Kathi Wright if Wright chooses to run – an announcement she has not publically made to date.
Gail Snyder, who describes herself as pro-business and a fiscal conservative, may then have competition for the elected position from Kathi Wright, who describes herself as more liberal on most issues.
Snyder announced her candidacy August 8, 2017, and submitted completed petitions the following day. The signatures were verified August 9, 2017, and Snyder subsequently accepted the nomination. Her presumed opponent, Wright, has said she has begun collecting signatures, but has not completed an affidavit of candidacy and has not turned in required petitions.
Gail Snyder and her husband, Bob Snyder, own the Bob Snyder Insurance Agency, a Farmer’s Insurance office, in Loveland, and have done so for seventeen years. In their business much effort has been committed to understanding the Affordable Healthcare Act – an attribute she says demonstrates her ability to find solutions to complex problems. She has also made it known that she wants to retain the individuality of Loveland and not become another Boulder or Fort Collins.
Kathi Wright, who may run for the same position, has worked for the City of Loveland for thirteen years. She moved to Loveland in 1978 and has several reasons for her possible run, citing diversity, alienation by a growing number of people who live in Loveland, jobs and housing, and children.
Currently Jacki Marsh is running for the Ward II seat, but has made it known she will step aside if her friend, Kathi Wright, runs. Marsh, the owner of Rabbask Designs in Loveland, had completed the requirements to run for office before learning of Wright’s possible intentions. If Wright does not run she will continue her pursuit, with an emphasis on accountability.