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A Voice of Colorado No. 432 Version 5.0:

On November 14, 2017, when Mayor Jacki Marsh and Loveland City Council members Kathi Wright, Jeremy Jersvig, and Dave Clark were sworn in, assignments to Citizen Boards and Commissions were also proposed:
• Affordable Housing Commission – Leah Johnson, Steve Olson
• Community Marketing Commission – Dave Clark
• Construction Advisory – John Fogle, Don Overcash
• Downtown Development Authority Board – John Fogle
• Platte River Power Authority – Jacki Marsh, Steve Adams
• Loveland Downtown Project (also known as The Foundry) – Dave Clark, John Fogle
• Broadband Task Force – Jacki Marsh, John Fogle
• NoCo Tourism Authority – Dave Clark, John Fogle

Information on Loveland City Council meetings:

https://cilovelandco.civicweb.net/Portal/

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A Voice of Colorado No. 362 Version 5.0:

The candidates for seats on the Loveland, CO. City Council and the candidates for mayor of Loveland recently answered questions regarding business before an audience at the Loveland Chamber of Commerce. The focus of the session included economic development, transportation, and broadband.

Economic Development

Larry Heckel, a candidate for mayor, expressed the belief that vetting incentives should be done on a case-by-case consideration instead of a general approach because he believed doing so would allow for the opportunity to determine whether or not a business would succeed or fail based on the credentials of those advancing the proposal.

In comparison mayoral candidate Jacki Marsh said that she does not support incentives for business and that economic development should be based on whether or not those living in Loveland would benefit. She also expressed the opinion that the employees of a business should be able to live in the city where they work.

The third candidate seeking to become the next mayor of Loveland, John Fogle, advanced the opinion that Loveland competes with Fort Collins for economic development, and that fact must be at the forefront regarding economic development in Loveland.

A candidate for City Council in Ward I, Jeremy Jersvig, put forth the opinion that there should be a balance between retail and primary employers in Loveland because to do otherwise could result in an imbalance regarding affordable housing.

Leonard Larkin, who is also seeking the council seat in Ward I, expressed the opinion that education should be a primary emphasis for Loveland, and suggested a moratorium on growth in Loveland until city leaders and voters have a say in the matter.

Related to the opinions expressed Gary Lindquist, who is seeking the Ward II council seat, made it known that he opposes what he considers to be corporate welfare now practices by the city.

His opponent, Gail Snyder, said that all businesses in Loveland should be supported.

Another candidate for Ward II, Kathi Wright, said that business is important, but equally important is the type of business that would come to Loveland, and that incentives may play a role in the pursuit.

Steve Olson, who is seeking re-election in Ward II, advanced the opinion that he sees benefit to city-funded business incentives.

John Ryan Keil, who is also seeking the Ward III seat, made it known that he opposes incentives because he supports the free market. City Council member Steve Clark, who is running unopposed in Ward IV, said that he dislikes incentives but accepts that they are required because economic development is a duty of government.

Transportation

On the subject of transportation in Loveland Mr. Larkin made his opinion known: He cited a need for a better source of funding for transportation projects than loans.

Mr. Lindquist expressed the opinion that the increased traffic congestion on U.S. Highway 34 was frustrating and unacceptable.

Gail Snyder favors a balance of safety and the ability to travel a sufficient distance within a given timeframe and believes that it can be accomplished through a partnership between Loveland and other cities, county, state, and federal entities where required funding is concerned.

Kathi Wright advanced the opinion that she supports alternative transportation methods and advocates the proposed hyperloop project for the Front Range corridor.

Council member Steve Olson said that priorities regarding transportation should include safety and efficiency, and advocated priorities within the city budget for transportation and road maintenance.

John Ryan Keil advocates road projects being a priority to resolve traffic problems and issues in congested areas in Loveland.

Broadband

The candidates for elected office were asked for their opinions on the City of Loveland providing a broadband utility for residents of Loveland.

Mr. Lindquist made his concerns known regarding the cost for the system – which could exceed $100 million.

Gail Snyder echoed the opinion and expressed concern over the burden on taxpayers. But also said she saw it as being a reason for business to locate to Loveland.

Mr. Jersvig expressed the opinion that the proposal could carry high risk.

Kathi Wright suggested that the investment would be received favorably by many Loveland residents who must work during the night because of inadequate bandwidth during peak hours.

Steve Olson expressed concerns about the initial cost and the potential for failure, with the overall cost left to the taxpayers to resolve.

John Ryan Keil said the city should research how other cities handle other services, including trash collection, to better understand the investment and maintenance of broadband.

Mr. Clark and Heckel advanced the position that the issue should receive more consideration before the investment is made – if at all.

Mayoral candidate Jacki Marsh expressed the opinion that broadband is needed to attract and retain businesses that will provide high-paying jobs for current and future residents, and made it known that a local broadband service would be more appropriate that a long-distance service.

John Fogle made it known that broadband would be, in his opinion, an investment in the future. Mr. Larkin shared the opinion.

No candidate for elected office, however, offered specifics for how long it would take to recover the substantial investment or what would happen if it failed.

The subject of finances and economics provided a transition to city budget priorities.

City Budget Priorities

Each candidate for elected office was asked: Excluding public safety, public works, and power, what are your top three priorities?

Mr. Olson responded that he wants correct and transparent financial records and a reduction in debt the city carries.

Mr. Keil and Mr. Heckel also said that elimination or avoidance of debt was important.

Mr. Clark said that his priority is transportation.

Mayoral candidate Jacki Marsh said her priorities included explicit information regarding incentives for business, and asserted that development must pay its own way.

Her opponent, John Fogle offered three priorities: Transportation, infrastructure, and the means to attain housing.

Mr. Jersvig said a priority is a balanced budget, with input from voters on to achieve the related goal with a framework of needs versus wants.

Mr. Larkin said that his priority is education.

Mr. Lindquist said that a priority for him is a reduction is operating costs that translate into higher fees and taxes for taxpayers in Loveland.

Gail Snyder expressed a similar priority: Fiscal responsibility.

Kathi Wright offered her three priorities: Housing, economic development of the downtown area in Loveland, and better communication between city government and the public.

The question and answer session ended with a question regarding leadership: What qualities do you have that would serve Loveland as a leader?

John Fogle, who is running for mayor, offered his city experience, six years on council, and two years as mayor pro tem.

Mr. Heckel said he works with the community.

Jacki Marsh said her experience as a business owner would be applicable.

A Voice of Colorado No. 310 Version 5.0:

Lenard Larkin, a candidate for the Loveland City Council, for Ward I, has made it known that he is running for elected office because he believes the council should have a different perspective, one that he describes as contrarian. Larkin seeks the council seat being vacated by Troy Krenning, and is competing again Jeremy Jersvig.

As part of his platform Larkin wants the council to support small businesses that bring quality jobs to the community. He also believes that the council should support the Thompson School District and finance high-speed internet for residents.

A life-long resident of Loveland Larkin works as a cable installer. He previously ran for elected office as a Democrat in 1996, when he challenged Republican incumbent Bill Kaufman in the Colorado House of Representatives, District 51, but now considers himself to be neither liberal nor conservative.

A Voice of Colorado No. 274 Version 5.0:

As of 5:00 P.M., August 28, 2017, the deadline to submit petitions to appear on the ballot for the November 2017 election for the Loveland, CO. City Council, the following have fulfilled the requirement to pursue elected office:
Mayor:
• John H. Fogle
• Larry Heckel
• Jacki Marsh
Ward 1:
• Jeremy Jersvig
• Lenard Larkin
Ward 2:
• Gary Lindquist
• Gail Snyder
• Kathi A. Wright
Ward 3:
• John Ryan Keil
• Steve Olson
Ward 4:
• Dave Clark

A Voice of Colorado No. 272 Version 5.0:

Then there were three.

The race for the next mayor in Loveland, CO. recently took an interesting turn when Loveland business owner Jacki Marsh filed her affidavit of candidacy. Marsh, who previously withdrew from the Ward II race, reported with this announcement that she has just begun to collect the required signatures, and acknowledged that getting the required 25 signatures by the deadline of August 28, 2017 would be a challenge. Her competition for the elected position of mayor includes Ward III councilor John Fogle and former council member Larry Heckel.

Originally Marsh planned to run for the Ward II seat vacated by Joan Shaffer, but made it known that she would withdraw if her friend, Kathi Wright, chose to run against Gail Snyder to avoid a splitting of the vote.

She said a reason for running is because she does not approve of how the current mayor reorganizes the agenda of the council meetings, favoring special interests, including corporations and developers. If elected she will encourage a more balanced agenda, which should allow for citizens to speak. Other possibilities to ensure equal time include a rebuttal time for citizen commenters – allowing a member of the public whose three-minute speaking time was insufficient to offer rebuttal or clarification. She also suggested discouraging council members from offering commentary during question periods.

In other Loveland races:

Dave Clark, the Ward IV incumbent, officially announced his intention to seek re-election. He has submitted the required signatures, which have been verified.

His run for elected office technically makes the fifth term for Clark, although only two have been full four-year terms. He joined the Loveland City Council in a special election in January 2004, ran unopposed in 2005, left the council in 2009 when he attempted unsuccessfully to run for mayor, rejoined the council for a one-year term in 2012 as a result of a special election, and won a full term to the council in 2013.

A former contractor, Clark is executive director of the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, located in Johnstown, southeast of Loveland.

Mr. Clark supports widening Interstate 25 to address growing congestion on the road, as well as increased traffic on U.S. Highway 34.

He also emphasizes the city’s budget, which he says needs to focus on responsible spending.

Currently he is running unopposed.

In the Ward I race Jeremy Jersvig announced his intention to fill the seat being vacated by Troy Krenning. He completed an affidavit but has not submitted petition signatures. His presumed competition is Lenard Larkin, who took out a candidate packet, but has not made announcements regarding his intentions.

In Ward II Gail Snyder has submitted the required signatures, and they have been verified. Competition for the seat includes Kathi Wright, who declared her candidacy, but has not returned petitions as required, and Gary Lindquist, who acquired a candidate packet but has not filed anything to date.

In Ward III incumbent Steve Olsen, who was elected in a special election in 2016, has filed his petitions. His competition, John Keil, who completed an affidavit for candidacy, has made it known that he will not run for council in this election.

A Voice of Colorado No. 234 Version 5.0:

The pursuit of elected office in Loveland, CO. continues to develop. Jeremy Jersvig, presently the chairman of the Loveland Planning Commission, and resident of Ward I in Loveland, recently announced his intention to fill the seat being vacated by Troy Krenning. Mr. Jersvig worked on Mr. Krenning’s campaign when he ran for elected office four years ago.

Mr. Jersvig may have competition for his pursuit because Ward I resident Lenard Larkin, who also acquired a candidate packet from the City Clerk’s Office, has expressed interest in the seat.

The top two issues for Mr. Jersvig’s campaign are public safety and economic development, which he has said have seen changes in the five years he has lived in Loveland.

If elected he would advocate a focus on attracting and retaining more primary employers and less emphasis on retail development. He would also discourage economic incentives because he favors free markets.

Mr. Jersvig is now serving in a second three-year term on the Planning Commission.

His previous experiences include service in the United States Navy and his current employment in the Larimer County Assessor’s Office.