People move to Colorado for a variety of reasons.
I first saw the mountains in 1966 when I traveled from Minnesota to San Diego for Naval Hospital Corps School. I fell in love with the majesty and beauty of the mountains and a dream to live in Colorado was born. Thirty years later that dream was fulfilled when my wife and I left the Navy and retired to Loveland, although retirement is probably a misstatement.
My service to the nation was replace by my service to the community as within a few months of my arrival in Loveland I was appointed to the Loveland Planning Commission for about six years. I was also a member of several service organizations including Kiwanis, Rotary, and Partners Mentoring Youth. In addition I taught at most of the colleges and universities in Northern Colorado including Front Range Community College, the Monfort School of Business at UNC, Regis University, Colorado Christian University and Aims Community College. On a professional level, I was a partner for ten years in the nation's largest Chief Financial Officer organization.
I was elected to city council twice in 2017, first completing the remaining 6 months of Hugh McKean's term and now wrapping up my own four year term. Shortly after taking office I brought together roughly two dozen business, non-profit and faith based organizations, asking if they would identify the three biggest problems facing Loveland. They identified homelessness, suicide and opioid use as the top three issues. I have actively worked on each of those three issues as an individual and as a council liaison.
The population of Loveland has almost doubled since I arrived over 20 years ago. Some don't like growth. The reality is that we either grow or we die. The small town where I grew up in Minnesota is dying. Growth is a better option, but growth comes with its own set of issues - traffic, affordable housing, homelessness, water and others.
For the past four years, the majority of council has worked as a bipartisan body to move forward to accomplish initiatives for the betterment of the city and the citizens of Loveland.
I am running for reelection to continue to work on the issues important to the citizens of Loveland. I would be honored to represent the citizens of Loveland for another four years.