Years in Loveland: 43
Professional background: Now working at Children’s Museum of Northern Colorado. Previously executive director and board member of Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County; employee of the city of Loveland, Duke Publishing, Miniscribe, Poudre Valley Hospital, Kodak and Continental Manufacturing.
Education: Studied at Kearney State College; graduate of Leadership Loveland in 1990
1) What could the city do to improve the quality of life in your ward specifically? How would you, as a councilor, help accomplish that?
The city of Loveland team must ensure we are providing optimal services (i.e. Pulse, water, electric, street repair, trash pickup, public safety and so much more) while striving to reach each and every resident in a timely manner with info that assists them in living positively in our community. I will continue to contact departments when there are questions to be answered and work with the Office of Communications and Engagement on next steps in our ongoing focus to improve how we talk with our residents.
2) Under what circumstances would you support using financing tools, such as bonds or certificates of participation, to fund capital projects? When would you prefer to see the city pay cash up front?
We used financing tools for Pulse, because we have revenues budgeted to make the payments. I would prefer to “pay as we go,” but if we have the designated revenues to service payments, I would consider bonds, etc.
3) Are there any groups in Loveland whose voices you feel are underrepresented currently and who you would like to represent specifically if elected?
I serve to represent each person in Ward II. Dividing us into labeled groups is just not how I operate.
4) In the past year, the City of Loveland has faced and settled multiple lawsuits against police stemming from alleged incidents of excessive force. Do you believe there is a culture tolerant of excessive force within the Loveland Police Department? What changes, if any, do you believe should be implemented to improve the department?
I support the men and women of the LPD 100%. I do not believe there is a “culture tolerant of excessive force.” I’m awaiting the results of the outside investigation to have further insight. I refuse to jump to conclusions without the facts.
5) What is the most significant long-term challenge you believe Loveland will face over the next four years?
Attainable housing. I’m challenging all of us to think creatively: 3D-printed housing, tiny houses, etc. Partnerships will be key between our faith community, government, businesses, nonprofits.
P.S. Maintaining civility in an ever-increasing climate of negativity.