|Loveland, July 16, 2012
The recent resignation from Loveland's City Council by Cathleen McEwen opened not only her council seat from Ward
IV but also the position of Mayor Pro-Tem.
Acting like a Vice-Mayor, the Mayor Pro-Tem is elected from among the 8 council members to preside over council
meetings in the mayor's absence while also attending ceremonial events like ribbon cuttings when the mayor is
Ward IV Election
Loveland voters in Ward IV will select a replacement to serve the last year of McEwen's four year term on the city
council that began in November of 2009. The same night of McEwen's swearing-in on November 17, 2009 the council
was unable to find consensus on a Mayor Pro-Tem and so postponed the vote to a later meeting where McEwen was
elected by her colleagues to serve as the city's Mayor Pro-Tem.
Councilman Ralph Trenary, who also represents Ward IV on Loveland's Council, is currently searching for candidates
to run for the open seat while LovelandPolitics has learned both former rivals to Trenary's 2011 council run (former
Mayor Pro-Tem Dave Clark and John Buck) are considering a run for McEwen's vacated Ward IV seat on council.
Daryle Klassen: Next Mayor Pro Tem
LovelandPolitics has learned a near majority of the council agreed already to elect Klassen Mayor Pro-Tem. The
council is likely to take the vote this evening during their regularly scheduled council meeting.
Daryle Klassen was elected to Loveland's City Council to represent Ward 1 on November 7, 2006 after Councilman
Ron Weaks resigned to take a new job in Washington State. Klassen was later re-elected to a four-year term in 2009
that expires in November, 2013. Klassen has indicated he will not seek another term in 2013.
A longtime fixture in the community, Klassen was born and raised on a Mennonite farm in Hillsboro, Kansas. Klassen
hails from the German Mennonites who left Russia after living there for over 100 years under a promise by Kathrine the
Great to exempt them from military services and live in their own community in 1760. When Russian Czar Alexander
II decided to abolish the pact, the community moved to Holland where they procured ships to take them to the United
States. Klassen's family eventually landed in Kansas by the late 1800's to take advantage of the homestead act. (see
Born in 1934, Klassen was raised in the traditions of his Mennonite community that survived Germany, Russia and
Holland. The young baritone farmer split from the long held family farming tradition to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree
in speech and journalism at the University of Wichita. Already working in radio since the age of 18, Klassen followed a
career in broadcast journalism after leaving college.
After becoming a successful radio broadcaster, Klassen moved to the small town of Loveland, Colorado in the early
1970's when residents numbered fewer than 17,000. Klassen later purchased KLOV AM/FM stations in Loveland
which he operated for many years. During that time a number of young broadcasters hired and trained by Klassen later
became well known radio personalities in larger media markets in Denver and around the country.
Because he made his living through the advertisements of local retail businesses, Klassen feels a deep kinship and
loyalty to this community even today. He is a proponent of an Internet tax to protect local retailers and frequently an
advocate of lower taxes and regulations on those businesses to ensure a healthy business environment in Loveland.
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|Loveland's Next Mayor Pro Tem
Daryle Klassen already the choice of four on council