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Loveland - August 6, 2012

The recent resignation by Loveland Councilwoman Cathleen McEwen has opened up the "swing" vote on
Loveland's City Council as both the liberal and conservative wings of the legislative body  (numbering 4 from
each side) scour Loveland's Ward IV for possible candidates to serve out the remainder of McEwen's 4-year
term; in hopes of breaking the partisan deadlock in their favor.  

McEwen resigned with just over 1-year remaining on her 4-year term on Loveland's City Council.  Any adult
registered to vote who has lived consecutively for the past 12 months within the boundaries of Ward IV is
eligible to run.   Hopeful  candidates can collect a petition from the Loveland City Clerk no more than 91 days
before the election (this Tuesday August 7) and begin circulating petitions to become a candidate.   Each
candidate will need to collect 25 nominating signatures of qualified electors to have their name placed on the
ballot to appear in the November 6, 2012 election.

Last Friday,  former Councilwoman Cathleen McEwen huddled for coffee with former council rival and Ward
II representative Carol Johnson at the Starbucks on Highway 34 in Loveland.  Johnson was the only
incumbent in 2011 who was defeated.  Ward II is now represented by Councilman Phil Farley who defeated
Johnson by a landslide.  Johnson tried to inject more partisan politics into her bid for re-election and later
wrote a bitter partisan  letter denouncing her opponents as "Ft. Collins Democrats" after she lost the election.

While McEwen and Johnson, both local attorneys, were likely mending fences between them, their colleagues
still on city council appear more deeply divided than ever before.  Unable to select a Mayor Pro Tem, the

current council split along partisan lines
with votes for Councilman Daryle Klassen (Republican) and
Councilwoman Joan Shaffer (Democrat) tied 4 to 4.

Clark Steps Forward

Former Loveland Mayor Pro Tem and Mayoral candidate Dave Clark is reported to be running again for City
Council in Ward IV.   Clark's home backs Madison Ave. in Loveland inside the far west boundary of Ward IV
which stretches east encompassing
McWhinney's Centerra, all areas east of I-25 and to the south the portions
of Loveland bordering Johnstown.  

Clark ran in 2011 for the other City Council seat representing Ward IV but was defeated by Ralph Trenary.
Local political pundits theorized Clark along with fellow conservative candidate John Buck divided the more
conservative voters in Ward IV allowing Democrat activist Ralph Trenary an easy win.  Trenary received only
1,460 votes to Clark's 1,343, a difference of 117 votes deciding the election.  Buck, who was supported by
largely the same political constituency as Clark, received 1,160 total votes.  Had Buck not run for council, the
theory goes, Clark and not Trenary would be representing Ward IV on Loveland's City Council.  Unlike
partisan races where each political party nominates a single candidate, any number of people from the same
political party may run for city council (a non-partisan office) provided they collect the requisite 25 qualified
signatures.

While no name is certain to appear on the ballot until the candidate's signed petitions are validated by
Loveland's City Clerk, Larimer County Republican Party Chairman Mike Fassi was reportedly calling other
Republicans who ran in the past from Ward IV to announce the party has already selected a candidate.  Likely
meant to discourage others from running and splitting the vote again, Fassi provided the news in a tactful
and upbeat manner according to one potential candidate who spoke with Fassi.

Other Candidates

Loveland's Mayor Cecil Gutierrez along with current Ward IV Councilman Ralph Trenary were encouraging
several people to run for City Council who had not run before.  However, who the Democrats decide should be
their standard bearer in the Ward IV election is not obvious at this time.    

While many Lovelanders prefer the "good old days" when a candidate's party affiliation didn't matter, the
fact this candidate will decide which side receives the critical 5th vote on a council of 9 means partisan
politics from both sides will play a heavy hand in this otherwise non-partisan low-key race for Loveland's City
Council.
Familiar Face Stepping-up To Represent
Ward IV On Council
former Loveland
Councilman David Clark