In a secret meeting held last Saturday night, financial backers of area politicians met to decide who they would support for Mayor. Troy Krenning announced to those assembled that Mayor Walsh would not be seeking re-election and that he would like to run with their backing.
According to an unnamed source, several people in the meeting (including Loveland Chamber of Commerce members) were surprised to learn that Mayor Walsh had already made the decision not to run and that certain influential people had selected Krenning as the establishment candidate. Having been given the official nod to run, Krenning is confident about his chances of winning and people in the meeting discussed ways to discourage others from challenging Krenning.
This was not Krenningâ€™s first announcement about his intentions to run for public office. Krenning announced in 2006 he would seek the House District 51 seat when Jim Welker decided not to seek re-election amid ongoing controversies. Welker had endorsed Kevan McNaught to replace him as the representative for the 51st State House District which includes the City of Loveland.
According to a Loveland Reporter-Herald article in April of 2006, â€œThursday morning, Krenning had steeled himself to run. He said he wanted to run, if only to give people a choice. They deserve to have choices, Krenning said. We donâ€™t know Kevan McNaught. Iâ€™ve never heard of him. I havenâ€™t met anyone who has.â€� His campaign website can still be seen at http://www. webmediaworld.com/demos/larimer/.
The article also stated. â€œKrenning said he had a campaign team ready to go, but if Marostica is in, he is out.â€� He did indeed drop out when Marostica entered the race. This may be State House Representative Don Marosticaâ€™s chance to repay the favor.
Armed with the knowledge that Mayor Walsh chose not to run and the endorsement of key players, Krenning appeared before the group Saturday and announced he would run since Walsh is not seeking re-election. Some see the early endorsement of Krenning as a slap in the face to Mayor Pro Tem Pielin who thought he would be the heir apparent. It is unlikely Pielin will run since Loveland Commercial and McWhinney money is likely to go to Krenning. Even if Pielin does run he will be at a disadvantage since he will be trying to uphold the unpopular McWhinney cause without their financial support.
Krenning Background Krenning is the Chairman of Lovelandâ€™s Planning Commission. He and his wife Kim purchased their home on Bent Drive in Loveland in 2002. He has also serves on the Citizens' Advisory Board for the Loveland Police Department.
Krenning worked as a police officer in Fort Collins for a number of years before being hired as the Police Chief of St. Francis, Kansas. He later became the Police Chief in Johnstown, Colorado. Krenning received his law degree in 2004 and practiced law for a short time before going to work for the University of Denver.
Krenningâ€™s short stint previously in politics included managing an unsuccessful campaign for State Senate for former Ft. Collins Mayor Ray Martinez against now State Senator Bacon in 2004. He was quoted in the Rocky Mountain Collegian regarding infighting between the two candidates;
â€œTroy Krenning, Martinez's campaign manager, said everything was fine and both sides had a 'wonderful platform.' That was until Brophy stepped in and demanded to be part of the debate, he said.â€�
During his time in St. Francis, Krenning also had his share of controversy. This small town has approximately 1,500 residents and is considered a 3rd class town according to Kansas State Statute. During his time in St. Francis Krenning and the police department were involved in several altercations with two local residents that resulted in litigation that lasted long beyond his tenure as the Police Chief of the small town. Click here to read about those events.
Today, Krenning is not only a Program Director for the University of Denver but was also reappointed to Lovelandâ€™s Police Citizenâ€™s Advisory Board in late 2006 and continues to serve as the Chairman of Lovelandâ€™s Planning Commission.
Krenning has been quoted as supporting the status quo in Loveland and not running for council to seek any changes other than a greater focus on downtown. Kenneth Morey, who serves on the Planning Commision with Krenning, has also pulled papers to run for Mayor.
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