You and I both know that Loveland is a wonderful place to live and I think we’ve chosen to set down roots here for similar reasons. Our community provides a strong sense of place and surrounds us with much natural beauty. We enjoy high-quality amenities here and throughout Northern Colorado with great schools for children and adults to learn, safe and vibrant neighborhoods, our culture of arts and thriving downtown. Our economy is dynamic, and we are forward-thinking resilient people. After moving to Colorado in 1994, I chose in 2005 to make Loveland my home – finding and experiencing many of the same qualities of life and opportunities you likely did in making your choice to be here.
I particularly enjoy our shared interest in community building and service to others. Wanting to be actively involved I ran for City Council and am grateful to those of you who voted for me and to all who kept me focused on your vision and day-to-day expectations for Loveland. Elected twice (2009 and 2013), I was honored to serve eight years as one of your nine representatives and found it to be a wonderfully humbling and enlightening experience. I most valued working with the people of our community, listening to concerns and finding solutions, sharing tips about City services and leading you to one of our fine employees best equipped to assist you.
Answering questions about how you could be involved and working to help you get answers for how to get a pot hole filled, snow removed,
assisting in your recovery and deepening our commitment to resilience after the 2013 flood, along with myriad “little things” that make us feel safe and proud to call Loveland our home.
As one of your Councilors, I worked to ensure Loveland had a strong voice throughout the region, in the areas of transportation, economic vitality, affordable housing, downtown development and the arts. Throughout both terms I served as the Loveland representative for the North Front Range
Metropolitan Planning Organization (NFRMPO), a bi-county body of appointed elected officials (Larimer and Weld) responsible for determining the best use of our limited federal transportation dollars to ease congestion, maintain air quality standards and improve the safety of our roads. I was a
founder of the North I25 Electeds and US287 Coalitions – respectively charged with successfully advocating for funds to expand the interstate and seek collaboration with the communities the highway corridor serves.
In addition, I was the appointed city liaison for the Loveland Housing Authority and served as council liaison to the city Transportation Advisory Board. From 2009 to 2016, I serve as our appointed representative to the Colorado Municipal League, a statewide organization charged with proposing,
reviewing and acting on (for or against) legislation that would impact our communities. Over my tenure on council I also served on several economic development-based committees.
My experience as a nonprofit financial and business manager includes work for several organizations that addressed issues in higher education, environmental quality and resource management, arts and culture, mental health services, and technology. In 2006, I established my own Loveland-based public relations firm providing services to nonprofits and community organizations across the state. In 2007, I was the lead organizer for the successful citizen’s ballot initiative that brought campaign finance reform to City of Loveland elections, which passed with the support of nearly 70 percent of the voters.
I value volunteerism and have applied my professional expertise in the service of promoting arts and culture, health care services, agriculture and the environment. I continue to serve on nonprofit boards working to create robust multimodal statewide transportation systems, including commuter/passenger rail throughout the Rocky Mountain Front Range. Having lived in several diverse communities (Ithaca, New York, Santa Cruz, California, and both Lafayette and Longmont), I’ve experienced regions that are economically growing and those that can’t. I have a breadth of knowledge as to what brings vibrancy and security to people’s lives and livelihoods and a deep understanding of the challenges faced by those in need.
MY COMMITMENT TO YOU
I am dedicated to, and have demonstrated skills in, working with those of differing opinions to find and achieve action on common ground. As your state representative I will bring your voice to the Capital, promising to work diligently to make sure our community continues to thrive as a great place to live,
learn, work and prosper.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me. I am honored to earn the confidence of your vote this November and to serve you going forward!