Mayor Cecil Gutierrez’s former campaign manager and longtime friend Ralph Trenary has decided to run for Loveland City Council Ward IV seat being vacated by Mayor Pro Tem Larry Heckel. While he hasn’t yet announced his decisions to run, he posted a Facebook page dedicated to his campaign.
Former Loveland Councilman Dave Clark is also throwing his hat into the ring for council Ward IV to replace his former colleague and longtime friend Larry Heckel. Niether has yet filed a petition with the City Clerk to make their candidacy official.
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At the moment, we believe Clark has the edge given the number of times Ward IV voters already elected him to represent them on Loveland’s City Council. Whether Mayor Gutierrez gets involved to support his friend and former campaign manager remains to be seen. Clearly Trenary’s more open partisan politics will play into the race as he is likely to recruit Democratic Party activists like himself to help his campaign.
For the record, we think local offices should not be partisan affairs but expect Clark to tap the more traditional Republican base in Loveland to thwart the efforts of his opponent.
In Ward III, longtime Loveland Resident John Fogle announced his run for City Council against incumbent City Councilman Kent Solt. Here is the website announcing Fogle’s candidacy.