Tag Archives: Loveland City Council

A Voice of Colorado No. 248 Version 5.0:

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.

A Voice of Colorado No. 237 Version 5.0:

A candidate for elected office in Loveland, CO. may put up signs for their campaign, but must remove them ten days following the election.

A Voice of Colorado No. 235 Version 5.0:

The Loveland, CO. City Charter requires a candidate for City Council to complete and submit an affidavit of candidacy within ten days of their public announcement of their candidacy.

A Voice of Colorado No. 228 Version 5.0:

Loveland City Council member and Mayor Pro Tem John H. Fogle recently announced his intention to run for Mayor of Loveland, CO. This announcement was brought to my attention by several voters and taxpayers in Loveland who expressed concern regarding this possible election, citing Mr. Fogle’s voting record, which includes overturning a mill levy and TABOR.

As a registered voter and a taxpayer you have a responsibility to know about issues in your community, which includes researching candidates for elected office and those holding office presently. Once upon a time you could rely on the local news media to objectively provide facts about these issues. In recent years, however, the bias and prejudice of much of the news media at a local level has eliminated this objectivity. Therefore, it is up to you learn everything you can about candidates for office. If you are a voter and taxpayer in Loveland and have this information available or know how to access it please let me know and I will provide it here.

The same offer is extended to every election forthcoming in the State of Colorado.

A Voice of Colorado No. 171 Version 5.0:

In 1914 taxpayers in Loveland, CO. authorized the City Council to construct a hydroelectric plant. Previously Charles Viestenz, a member of the council, had suggested the idea but it was rejected because concerns over high taxes to pay for it would cause the cost of living in Loveland to skyrocket.

Following authorization the construction of a dam on The Big Thompson River fifteen miles west of Loveland was undertaken in 1915. In 1916 a tunnel measuring 827 feet was built as part of the project.

Work on the plant was interrupted when World War I started, due to material shortages. When the war ended in 1924 construction was resumed, but the financial burden caused by the delay raised concerns once more. In 1925 the City of Loveland’s Electric Department began operations from the plan. In 1926 the property where the plant was located was expanded to 400 acres to include picnic areas, trails, and shelters, and the property would eventually be named Viestenz-Smith Mountain Park.

In 1976 and in 2013 the property was severely damaged by floods through the canyon where The Big Thompson River is located. Presently the park is being rebuilt, but much of the history established is gone.