Loveland City Council; Thompson School Board; partisanship – Loveland Reporter-Herald
Letters regarding the 2021 election will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 27. Letters regarding election candidates will be limited to 200 words.
Marsh brought the division, but Overcash will unite
As with most of the surrounding municipalities, Loveland uses a weak mayor system. Wikipedia defines this as follows:
âIn a weak mayor system, the mayor has no formal authority outside the council; the mayor cannot directly appoint or dismiss officials, and has no veto power over council votes. As such, the influence of the mayor is based solely on the personality in order to achieve the desired goals.
The last sentence of this point refers to what we have seen over the past four years. Jacki Marsh’s personality shows what she desires, not always our best interests. Limitations in the appointment or dismissal of officials do not prevent it from publicly proclaiming its opposition to those over whom it has no authority to generate prejudice against such people and departments in order to garner its own support instead of working with advice to achieve a common goal.
In our form of government, we have historically had mayors of both parties who have strength of determination, character and know their responsibility to the city and the limits of their authority. I support Don Overcash, to unite our council, our community, to demonstrate leadership, community health in the areas of infrastructure, homelessness, mental health, affordable housing and economic growth. Vote for positive change, vote Don Overcash for mayor.
Land of love
Dee Dee Vicino will keep his promises
As a former professional colleague as a school leader and friend, I know that the Thompson School District will be strengthened with Dee Dee Vicino at the Thompson School District Board.
I know Dee Dee is always open to her concerns, is fair and open about her decisions, and strives for excellence in everything she does. As a former educator and school administrator, she is ready to make tough decisions and has lived through programs that truly benefit students while remaining optimistic about new opportunities for improvement. She has always been passionate about education and resourceful in making her vision a reality.
I strongly endorse Dee Dee Vicino for the Thompson School District Board so that she can speak for everyone in the community and keep her promises.
Jacob D Goldberg
I devote myself to public education
As a nurse, foster parent, mother and resident of Northern Colorado for almost 30 years, I am honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to serve on the Thompson School Board.
I will be your representative working as a team with parents, teachers, staff and students. Most of the people who live in the district do not have school-age children but pay taxes to support public education. I will ensure that we make sustainable financial decisions to use every taxpayer dollar wisely.
I spent countless hours volunteering at my daughter’s school and sat on the school’s accountability committee. I understand the complex challenges schools face and the need for creative, non-partisan solutions.
I am committed to the well-being, academic success and future success of each student.
My application is recommended by teachers, and I have already started in this role. Recently, I was appointed to fill the vacant seat on the District B Board of Trustees, making informed decisions that will impact 16,000 students and thousands of taxpayers. I would be honored to continue to serve.
I am dedicated to public education and will continue to show myself for our students and our community.
Thank you in advance for your vote.
Thompson School Board
Land of love
Partisanship in elections is against the charter
I was recently disappointed with our local Republican and Democratic parties. They turned our local elections (both city council and TSD board) into openly partisan affairs. This is obviously contrary to our city charter and to the culture of our city. It is sad that the division in our country is metastasizing in our domestic Loveland politics.
And that this is encouraged by the Reporter-Herald in its search for advertising revenue, particularly from the Larimer County Republican Party. They should read the Loveland City Charter before getting involved.
Marvin Childers, MD
Land of love
Positive change is needed in Ward 2
While many of you have already voted, for those of you who haven’t, I would like you to consider voting for Doug Luithly. It is time for our voices to be heard and to elect Doug Luithly to replace the current holder of Ward 2.
Doug is for a positive change in the way our board will operate. He listens more than he talks in order to understand the concerns of all Lovelanders. Doug stands for honesty and integrity and will take an independent point of view when deciding Loveland’s future, unlike the current incumbent who appears to be led and influenced by the current board majority. He defends and will promote justice and equity in all socio-economic groups.
Based on his previous experience, Doug understands how municipal government works and will be a strong advocate in promoting transparency and accountability in all municipal departments.
Residents of Ward 2 should remember that the current councilor, who ran for re-election just two years ago, ran for mayor. It seems she cared more about her own political ambitions than representing the residents of Ward 2.
This election, vote Doug Luithly for an independent and thoughtful councilor in Ward 2.
Land of love
Vote for Overcash, McFall, Wright, Olson, Mallo
In November, the citizens of Loveland have the opportunity to elect a new mayor and councilors who unite Loveland. We need to vote for candidates who will work for affordable housing, attract new businesses and support our existing businesses. We need to vote for candidates who can bring more high quality jobs with benefits to our community so that people can support themselves and their families.
I believe people want to be independent and just need an opportunity. Loveland needs a mayor and councilors who will be financially responsible and ensure our city lives within its means. Like our families, those who represent us must understand the budgeting process and prioritize Loveland’s most important needs. Citizen security, infrastructure and water issues are necessities, but homelessness and our environment are also important.
I believe the best candidates who will bring positive energy, a spirit of collaboration and get things done are: Don Overcash for Mayor, Patrick McFall in Ward 1, Kathi Wright in Ward 2, Steve Olson in Ward 3 and Jon Mallo in Ward 4. I urge you to support these candidates in your neighborhoods and vote for Don Overcash as the next mayor.
Land of love