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Wednesday, August 30, 2017 12:00 AM

Candidates fill out Loveland City Council slate

Loveland residents are lining up for the chance to represent their neighbors on the City Council, with 11 candidates officially in the running for five seats at the close of the nomination period Monday.

Thursday, April 13, 2017 3:16 PM

Olson wins Loveland City Council Ward 3 election

Steve Olson leads opponents in the City Council race by taking more than 65 percent of the vote
By Saja Hindi

Reporter-Herald Staff Writer
POSTED:   04/11/2017 09:43:32 PM MDT

Their phones began buzzing after 8 p.m. as Steve Olson's campaign team sat in the Loveland City Council meeting Tuesday night.

Municipal election officials told Olson he had won the Ward 3 special election with 65.2 percent of the vote.

His campaign manager and several of his supporters, including the former holder of the seat Hugh McKean, stepped outside to chat and celebrate. But Olson stayed seated until the meeting had adjourned.

The special election was held to fill the seven-month vacancy left on the seat by McKean after his election as the Colorado House District 51 representative last November.

McKean, R-Loveland, said he expected the results — "Steve did a tremendous amount of work, and I'm incredibly proud of him," he said.

Olson ran against two others for the seat, Howard Dotson and John Keil. The two received 21.1 percent and 13.3 percent of the vote, respectively.

While Ward 3 has almost 11,000 registered voters, only 1,987 ballots were cast, about 18 percent.

And that's one aspect of the election Keil expressed his disappointment about. He wanted to see more turnout.
Following the council meeting, Olson said he was relieved — he also expected to win but not by the amount that he did.
"I was very hopeful," Olson said. "I had a lot of positive encouragement from people."

Olson credits much of his win to his campaign manager Amy Parks, one of McKean's campaign managers during his legislative campaign. He also cites the number of residences he approached: about 4,000.

While Olson said he's not going into the position with an agenda other than to listen to constituents and delving into the financial aspects of the position, he does have two issues he plans to pay special attention to: changes to the Planning Commission's development code and creating a better understanding of visions for the city's various boards and commissions.

While Keil received the fewest amount of votes, he was not discouraged Tuesday night.

"I started my campaign four months ago and got 265 people to vote for me without ever running a campaign in my life," he said.

Keil ran on a message of getting rid of subsidies, and he hopes his campaign will prompt others to run in the future.
"If a 25-year-old, ex-weed grower can run and can get over 10 percent of the vote, then hopefully some other people will be inspired to do the same," he said.

Keil isn't ruling out a run for the future, but for now, he said Olson will serve as a good, unbiased representative whose ideology fits in line with others such as Councilman Don Overcash and Dave Clark — both supporters of Olson.
For Dotson, the results of the election are disappointing but not surprising.

"You set the conversation and my objective was to continue to interpret the need for greater mental health care access," he said.

He ran because he wanted to change the council stance on not taking stances on other entities' ballot initiatives, especially supporting a mental health center.

Saja Hindi: 970-699-5404,,

Monday, April 10, 2017 9:02 AM

Steve Olson has expertise needed for City Council

POSTED:   04/09/2017 07:41:01 PM MDT

I have known Steve Olson for over 10 years, and I have found him to be a man with a fine mind and a kind heart. Those qualities, along with Steve's commitment to this community, will make him an excellent member of the city council. Steve has dedicated himself to serving his neighbors and volunteering for the betterment of Loveland by working on the Planning Commission and the Citizens Finance Advisory Committee. His expertise in business, his financial background, and his leadership in the Navy all contribute to a man who is willing to consider possible solutions, work hard to understand, reason them through, and then persevere to see solutions become reality.

Steve also has the grace and self-control to debate the issues with respect while maintaining the foundations of his own convictions. He doesn't seek the spotlight, but seeks to honor and serve others first. He will listen, consult, work thoroughly to understand, and formulate well-thought-out opinions.
I believe Steve Olson is extremely qualified to serve our city in this open council position.

Gary Glover

Monday, April 10, 2017 9:00 AM

Realtors group endorses Olson for City Council

POSTED:   04/06/2017 09:01:57 PM MDT

The Loveland-Berthoud Association of Realtors (LBAR) is pleased to announce it is endorsing Steve Olson in the special election for Loveland City Council, Ward 3. Steve has the skills to capably represent his constituents in Ward 3 and Loveland. He has demonstrated his commitment to our city through his service on the Planning Commission as well as his volunteer efforts throughout the community.

Like LBAR, Steve supports the city's decision to partner with the Loveland Housing Authority and Habitat for Humanity to create more affordable housing. He says government should bring value to its citizens, not create regulatory barriers. LBAR believes Steve has good ideas that will help the city as it grows.

Steve has shown his ability to lead throughout his career and in his role as a community volunteer. LBAR urges the citizens of Ward 3 to vote for Steve Olson.

David Powell

David Powell is chairman of the board for Loveland-Berthoud Association of Realtors.

Monday, April 10, 2017 8:59 AM

Steve Olson will be an asset to Loveland City Council

POSTED:   04/06/2017 09:00:23 PM MDT

I don't usually write letters to the public through newspapers. In this case, I would like to introduce you to Steve Olson. who is running for Loveland City Council in Ward 3. My husband and I have known Steve and Teri since they moved to Loveland in 1997. We have seen firsthand how much he cares for his family and his community. He is committed to a safe community and economic vitality. We know he believes in fiscal responsibility and efficiency in government as well as in his personal life.

Because of Steve's integrity and ability to look at all sides of a problem, we are sure he will be a tremendous asset to the Loveland community.

Jeanne Perrine

Thursday, April 6, 2017 10:25 AM

Steve Olson won't bring agenda to City Council

POSTED:   04/05/2017 10:36:32 PM MDT

Less than a year ago, I wrote about Hugh McKean running for Colorado House District 51.

He won, and now we are having an election to replace him on City Council. The deja vu is incredible!

There are three candidates. Steve Olson is my clear choice. As always, I look for longevity and service to Loveland, but in this race, there is more — personal agendas.

Steve Olson has lived in Loveland for 20 years, served the Planning Commission, the Citizens Finance Advisory Commission and more. He is all about Loveland, period, no agenda. Steve has the experience and temperament to serve the citizens of Loveland with distinction, just as he did as a captain in the Navy for 29 years.

The second candidate has lived in Loveland a little over a year and is the interim pastor at the downtown Presbyterian Church. He is championing a movement to put a mental health/rehab facility in south Loveland, and positioning himself to be the director.

The third has lived in Loveland for a little over a year, and has a business growing hemp/marijuana, both of which are still federally illegal.

Agendas? You better believe it. Steve Olson is the only choice.

John Fogle


Wednesday, April 5, 2017 9:18 AM

Letter: Olson has background to succeed on City Council

POSTED:   04/04/2017 10:39:29 PM MDT

Steve Olson is the best candidate for the Loveland City Council in Ward 3. I have known Steve for over 20 years and believe that he will bring business, finance, and experience to the Council seat.

Steve spent 29 years with the U.S Navy in finance positions. Steve believes in making government an advocate and partner of businesses, small and large, treating all equally the same.

He has been involved in service oriented activities such as the Planning Commission and now is a member of the Citizens Finance Advisory Commission.

His background in finance and his attendance of the City Council meetings makes Olson the best person for the job.

Jim Welker

Monday, April 3, 2017 11:30 AM

Steve Olson is well-suited to be a public servant

POSTED:   04/02/2017 09:47:10 PM MDT

I have had the privilege of working closely with Steve Olson many times over the past 15 years while he served as the chief financial officer of two different manufacturing companies that I either owned or managed. I have seen firsthand his leadership skills and have found that his ability to contribute to a team in a positive way is unquestionable. However, of all the positive attributes I have seen, I believe it is his servant's heart that sets him apart from many in the business community.

The principle of service has been a common thread throughout the course of Steve's life, whether it is his 29 years spent in the US Navy, his active participation in the American Red Cross for the past 17 years, or his unwavering commitment to his family as husband, father, and grandfather. As a direct result of this spirit, I have seen time and again his success in advancing a company in a natural and positive way.

It is for these reasons that I strongly encourage the residents of Ward 3 to give Steve the opportunity to use his knowledge, experience and servants heart to serve them. They will not be disappointed.

Gerry Hernblom

Monday, April 3, 2017 11:28 AM

Steve Olson has what it takes to serve on Loveland City Council

POSTED:   04/02/2017 09:46:20 PM MDT

I first met Steve Olson when I lived in San Diego some 20-plus years ago. We were both involved in business together so I had the opportunity to know him personally and professionally.

Steve was always available, encouraging, trust worthy, honest, and fiscally responsible. He has a great attitude about life and in my experience has never taken the easy path or sugar coated any important issues. He will call it as he sees it and that is just what we need from an elected official.

So it is with great pleasure that I support Steve Olson for City Council for Ward 3.

Sheila Steinbock

Saturday, April 1, 2017 7:14 PM

Steve Olson Has Shown True Colors as a Leader

POSTED:   03/30/2017 07:58:52 PM MDT

You can always tell a candidate's true character by their actions prior to announcing their position as a candidate. Steve Olson's character has always been exemplary.

From shoveling the snow of his elderly neighbors to helping us deal with an issue with the city, Steve has always shown the highest level of character. We have known Steve for over 17 years and have found him to be a caring and hardworking person with the highest level of honesty and integrity.

Steve has a strong passion for Loveland. When you add to that his experience as a past member of the Planning Commission, along with his strong financial background, we can think of no one more qualified to be our City Councilman.

We support Steve Olson for City Council, Ward 3 and hope you will too!

John and Nancy Juhasz

Monday, March 27, 2017 2:07 PM

Steve Olson will be a great resource on City Council

POSTED:   03/24/2017 10:25:01 PM MDT

I have known Steve Olson for several years through serving with him at our church.

Steve is a man of integrity and character. He is a family man who cares about people and put others before himself. Steve has years of experience serving and helping others in the public and private sectors.

He would be a valuable asset to our city and a knowledgeable resource on our City Council.

I support and endorse Steve for the Loveland City Council Ward 3.

Dale Norton

Monday, March 27, 2017 1:42 PM

Steve Olson is best option in Loveland's Ward 3 race

POSTED:   03/24/2017 10:23:46 PM MDT

Steve Olson is the best choice to be elected to City Council in Ward 3 next month.

I have known and worked with Steve the last few years and personally know of his expertise in financial and organizational matters. He has qualified himself by being involved in our community in various areas. I have also noted that Steve and I do not always agree on every issue which I believe to be a good thing. It has led to some good, open and informative discussions as we listen and learn from each other from various facts and opinions that help each of us come to our own conclusions.

Steve will represent the citizens of Ward 3 and all of Loveland well.

I encourage Ward 3 citizens to vote for Steve Olson as your representative on the Loveland City Council.

Dave Clark

Dave Clark represents Ward 4 on the Loveland City Council.

Friday, March 24, 2017 5:07 PM

Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 52 endorses Steve Olson

By Reporter-Herald Staff
POSTED:   03/23/2017 08:53:40 PM MDT

LOVELAND — The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 52 has endorsed Loveland City Council Ward 3 candidate Steve Olson for the April 11 special election.

According to a release from the FOP, "the representative voice of those law enforcement officers who have dedicated their lives to protecting and serving their communities," the entity is endorsing Olson for his commitment to public service and making public safety a priority.

The release cites Olson's business experience and his background serving on the city's Planning Commission and Citizens' Finance Advisory Board as benefits to his candidacy.
It also states that Olson prioritizes issues the FOP backs, including "adequate police staffing, superior service delivery, and quality leadership" that will "allow public safety in Loveland to expand effectively as population, violent crimes and general calls for service increase."

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 2:21 PM

Olson will help city meet its challenges

POSTED:   03/21/2017 10:50:07 PM MDT

Every community is trying to maximize their finances, and Loveland is no exception.

Steve Olson is a candidate for City Council Ward 3 who exemplifies the qualities that Loveland wants and needs. I have known Steve Olson personally for 10 years. He is a smart and caring individual. He was on the Loveland Planning Commission for six years, a volunteer for the Red Cross, a youth mentor, and most importantly, an accountant.

He has a keen sense of what's important for Loveland and will make sure that Loveland's financial condition meets the challenges of the next decades.

Karen Korins

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 9:09 AM

Olson is best prepared council candidate

POSTED:   03/20/2017 10:09:18 PM MDT

A Loveland City Councilor is elected by one of four geographic wards in our city, serves four years, receives a very small salary for their 10-15 hours a week of service, is one of nine voting members on the council. Even the mayor has only one vote of the nine members who serve on council. So, what's the big deal about City Council elections?

The city operates on an annual budget of over $280 million, and that budget provides direction to the city staff as to how the citizens of Loveland wish to have their tax dollars spent. Many of the decisions reached by council require a long-term perspective as capital projects are often complex and involve considerable investments in infrastructure. The financial decisions made by council impacts public safety, public works, as well as over 750 employees serving the residents and business community of Loveland. Each council member's vote can have significant impact on the quality of life enjoyed in Loveland now, and for future residents.

Steve Olson's background of his service to country and community sets him uniquely apart from the other current candidates for Ward 3. Others have commented on that service. But, I also am personally aware that Steve has spent the past 15 months preparing for this next commitment of service.

Since my own election to council last November, Steve has by my side studying the issues and listening to council debate. Steve's consistent presence at nearly every regular meeting and study session has matched that of seated councilors. Steve is not only the best qualified candidate; he is also the best prepared candidate. The actions of City Council are important and I hope the residents of Ward 3 agree and vote Steve Olson onto the Loveland City Council.

Don Overcash

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 12:00 AM

Steve Olson pledges to represent all in Ward 3

The candidate for Loveland City Council says he will bring business, finance experience to the seat if elected
By Saja Hindi

Reporter-Herald Staff Writer
POSTED:   03/15/2017 07:41:17 PM MDT

Ward 3 City Council candidates

The Reporter-Herald will be publishing stories on the three candidates for the Loveland City Council Ward 3 race on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Thursday: Steve Olson
Friday: Howard Dotson
Saturday: John Keil

Steve Olson said he sees his candidacy for the Ward 3 Loveland City Council seat as a continuation of his life.

Monday, March 13, 2017 11:07 PM

Olson offers best choice for Ward 3 voters

POSTED:   03/11/2017 09:53:38 PM MST

I met Steve Olson three years ago and recently had the opportunity to visit with Steve and his wife, Terry, to talk about his desire to run for Loveland City Council. I was impressed with Steve's 29 years of service in the U.S. Navy; there he gained valuable experience while making financial and management decisions as a leader in the Navy Medical Department. His experience includes budget management, project management, and leadership in a variety of roles.

Steve has continued his lifelong commitment to public service by serving on Loveland's Planning Commission, Citizens Finance Advisory Commission and by volunteering with the American Red Cross. As we visited, I quickly recognized that he and Terry are both kind and considerate people.

Not only is Steve dedicated to community service, he's also dedicated to his family. All of Terry and Steve's children, and 12 grandchildren, live nearby. Together, they enjoy the outdoors by hiking, camping and skiing. They share a commitment to a high quality of life in Northern Colorado by supporting local families, businesses and recreation.

I believe Steve Olson is good for Loveland. I believe voting for Steve Olson for Loveland City Council, Ward 3, is a good vote.

Irene Josey
Larimer County

Original article can be found at:

Friday, March 10, 2017 11:22 AM

Steve Olson Has Record of Accomplishment

POSTED:   03/08/2017 07:57:25 PM MST

When comparing the three candidates in the City Council race in Ward 3, one gentleman stands out from the others. 
Steve Olson has the track record, the experience, the knowledge, and the proven dedication to this city that will make his service on council a most valuable asset to our community. His record of accomplishments in the U.S. Navy are more than noteworthy, they are exemplary. Any veteran, myself included, can attest that Steve's achievements during his time in service fit the definition of "going above and beyond."

Steve Olson's commitment to Loveland is unquestionable. For many years, Steve has sacrificed his own time and resources to serve the public in various facets, including time on both the Planning Commission and the Citizen's Finance Advisory Commission. The knowledge and experience gained from his public service have equipped him with the necessary tools for his duties on the council.

Steve is going in with an understanding of city planning, zoning codes, and property rights as well as firsthand knowledge of the inner workings of the city's finances and budgeting practices. To prepare for his future role, Steve has been diligently attending City Council meetings and study sessions, noting the discussions as they happen, and is ready to step into his new position in public service and work in cooperation with the other eight members of the council for the betterment of our community.

I am honored and proud to endorse Steve Olson for Loveland City Council.

Jeremy Jersvig

Original article can be found at:

Monday, March 6, 2017 1:24 PM

Steve Olson Has Background, Skills to Serve

POSTED:   03/04/2017 09:56:06 PM MST

I highly recommend Steve Olson for City Council, Ward 3, but my reason goes beyond what we have all been reading in the Reporter-Herald.

I have known Steve for five years and know that he has excellent leadership, educational and professional qualifications to serve the citizens of Loveland on the City Council. But, the key word here is "serve" and Steve knows and understands what that means.

Long before Steve was a U.S. Navy captain and a CPA he was a U.S. Navy corpsman serving his country and providing for the medical needs of Navy and Marine Corps personnel in Vietnam. Steve and I are both Vietnam veterans.

The Navy recognized Steve's ability and commitment. He went to college, graduated and went on to a very successful Navy career as an officer in the medical field where he continued to serve his country and others. I know Steve will bring that same ability, commitment and willingness to serve to the Loveland City Council.

Terry Willert

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Thursday, March 2, 2017 2:44 PM

Letter: Olson Will Offer Finest Leadership on Council

POSTED:   02/28/2017 11:53:39 PM MST

I recommend Steve Olson for City Council, Ward 3, because Loveland deserves the finest leadership.

I have known Steve for over 10 years and watched him demonstrate the qualities of a successful leader in multiple areas of his life. Steve served as a career Navy officer, retiring as captain. He is a licensed CPA and financial expert with multiple certifications. He has served our community volunteering with the American Red Cross, youth mentorship and six years on the Loveland Planning Commission. He brings a wealth of problem-solving and financial experience to the job.

Like Steve, I've worked in the military and corporate world under excellent leadership. Steve Olson is an excellent leader in part because his desire is to serve. He is extremely capable yet he remains humble. He understands that people are as important as the process and will take the time to learn your name and your story. He is a high-energy person, usually the first to show up and the last to leave, completing the job with excellence.

Steve Olson is highly qualified to handle many different roles, and I have no doubt he will do a fantastic job as a City Councilor.

Dave Prewett

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Thursday, March 2, 2017 2:43 PM

Letter: Olson Will Bring Commitment to the Job

POSTED:   02/28/2017 11:49:34 PM MST

Steve Olson is a neighbor and will be very good as a city councilor for Ward 3.

I have lived in this ward for 33 years. I met Steve about 10 years ago when we both attended meetings about our government. I am very favorably impressed with his knowledge of the workings of our city government. His work on the Loveland Planning Commission is good experience for his becoming a city councilor.

Of his five major commitments, I most support his commitment to fiscal accountability. It seems that sometimes our elected officials are too easy to persuade to spend more money that we have and then try to increase taxes to cover the shortfall that they created.

Please join me in supporting the most qualified person to be our Ward 3 councilor, Steve Olson.

Jim Adell

Original Article can be found at:

Thursday, February 23, 2017 2:15 PM

Olson is Most Qualified to Fill Council Vacancy

POSTED:   02/22/2017 11:48:32 PM MST

Reference the upcoming City Council election to fill the vacant Ward 3 seat. I've recently has the privilege of engaging, questioning and conversing at length with Steve Olson, one of three candidates vying for the Ward 3 seat.

Dialogue with Steve Olson quickly reveals many outstanding facets. This guy runs deep, very deep, with qualifications and thinking that penetrates problems, issues, values and morality.

Particularly impressive is Steve Olson's financial expertise and background. Olson comes with a wide range of leadership, management and advisory positions. The Loveland City Council is no place for newly arrived council wannabes with nearly zero economic knowhow.

The Ward 3 voters would be very astute in placing Loveland's well-being into Steve Olson's qualified mind.

Daryle Klassen

Original article can be found at:

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 10:18 AM

Olson will do a great job for Loveland

POSTED:   02/19/2017 10:31:11 PM MST

Steve Olson is a neighbor and friend. When we moved to Loveland in 2000, Steve was the president of the homeowners association in the subdivision in which we purchased in Ward 3. Within the first few hours Steve showed up at our door with a welcome packet and house plant for our new home and an offer of help getting settled in.

Over the years since, Steve has been a friendly, responsible, and courteous neighbor. Steve and his wife, Teri, are very active volunteers in our city. We have been invited into their home for neighborhood celebrations and have enjoyed their lovely Christmas tree in their two-story picture window each year. Steve is one of the first and most dependable to help shovel our driveways and walkways after our snows and is an exemplary home owner.

I confidently proclaim that he is the person that I want representing me on the Loveland City Council and that he will do a great job for Loveland.

Earl Pape

Original article can be found at:

Friday, February 17, 2017 9:31 AM

Steve Olson's Background Makes Him Asset to City Council

POSTED:   02/15/2017 08:41:07 PM MST

I am very happy to see that Steve Olson is running for the open seat (Ward 3) on the Loveland City Council. I have known Steve as a neighbor and a friend for the 13 years that I have lived in Loveland and know that he is eminently qualified for this open position.

Steve has an extensive background in finance and public service. His extensive experience in leadership, management and senior advisory positions makes him uniquely qualified to serve the city of Loveland in the City Council.

I like the possibility of adding a seasoned financial view to the council. I know that Steve will be a "voice of reason" for all these grand projects (ex. HP building purchase, downtown parking garage, movie theater, etc.) which cost the city millions of dollars with negligible returns.

Loveland needs to be open to business ideas and dynamic in supporting it growth but we need vision and pragmatism for when and how we decide to "fund" ideas. Throwing money at projects without a viable plan because it "sounds good" is a quick path to financial insolvency. We need substance to these plans, not just hope. Steve brings a conservative view on budgeting and can ask the tough questions when these ideas are floated before the council.

I am voting for Steve Olson for the Ward 3 opening and hope that you are too. We need his expertise.

John Felicelli

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Friday, February 17, 2017 9:30 AM

Steve Olson is Most Qualified to Represent Ward 3

POSTED:   02/15/2017 08:40:24 PM MST

When I decided to run for the Colorado House of Representatives I knew that part of my commitment was to make sure that the Loveland City Council was left in good hands. I knew that it would take someone who would dedicate themselves to the work of the council, read the packets, do the research and talk to their neighbors in the community. I knew it would take someone with experience in managing people and projects and I knew it would take someone who had a history of serving.

Steve Olson is that man. With his experience in the United States Navy, achieving the rank of and retiring as captain, and with vital projects in health care, he has the tools he needs to help guide our city into the future. Having served on our Planning Commission and our Citizens Finance Advisory Committee, he has found ways to serve and give back with his time and talents. Helping businesses with financial matters and helping them succeed gives him the real-life experience of what it takes to make a business thrive.

I am proud to offer my endorsement of Steve Olson. While he worked at the Pentagon on veteran's health care issues, he developed a reputation for getting things done. Often his superior officers would suggest a course of action and, needing someone they could count on to take the helm and deliver results, their saying became "send Olson!" 

I would dare to take it one step further and say "Send the Qualified. Send Olson" — because Loveland deserves the very best.

Hugh McKean


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Friday, February 10, 2017 1:36 PM

Steve Olson Would Represent Ward 3 Well

POSTED:   02/09/2017 09:43:29 PM MST

Olson would represent Ward 3 well

Steve Olson, seeking to represent Ward 3 on City Council, will bring a strong, balanced dedication to the job.

I have known Steve since 2009. We share several commonalities: service in the U.S. Navy, careers as financial professionals, and designation as Certified Public Accountants. We have also both served on Loveland's Citizens Finance Advisory Commission, on which Steve still serves.

The more I have come to know Steve, the greater my respect for him and his service to our community has become. He rose from enlisted ranks to ultimately retire as a Navy captain, has volunteered tirelessly for the city on the Planning Commission and CFAC, and humanitarian and social causes including the Red Cross and Partners Mentoring Youth. He is concerned on a neighborhood and individual level, too having held board positions on our HOA. He can often be found on snowy days shoveling for neighbors whose health makes it a challenge for them.

I am confident Steve will bring dedication, compassion and leadership to City Council. He can be counted on to know and understand the issues, to be aware of the opinions of his fellow Ward 3 neighbors and to be committed to represent their interests while protecting the finances and integrity of our community.

Jim Atkins

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Saturday, February 4, 2017 10:14 AM

1 Candidate Withdraws From Council Race

Kurtis Loomis withdrew his name from the ballot after deciding to back candidate Steve Olson for the vacant seat

By Saja Hindi

Reporter-Herald Staff Writer

POSTED:   02/02/2017 05:40:15 PM MST

The Loveland City Council Ward III race is back down to three candidates — resident  Kurtis Loomis withdrew his name from the running.

Loomis, an attorney in downtown Loveland, joined Steve Olson, the Rev.  Howard Dotson and John Keil in the race to fill the approximately seven-month  Ward III vacancy. The election is set for April 11.

The former City Council member in 1995 who was re-elected for a second term in 1999 before resigning halfway through in 2001, turned in the needed petition signatures and was certified for the special election ballot.

However, he said in an interview, that he decided to withdraw from the race because "the idea is to have the best candidate for Ward III." After doing some research and talking to the other candidates, Loomis said he found that Olson shared some of his same values and campaign issues. Plus, he said, he talked to several people in town whose opinions he respects, and Olson had "glowing reports about him."

Loomis said they share the same philosophy, and he's the "better man for the job. There's no reason to split the vote when you have a good candidate." "He has a conservative view on budgeting and I really like that, and he also agreed on some of the (issues of) downtown projects," he said. Also, Loomis said, Olson brings experience with him on how the city works and Olson "knows all the players" as he said he himself does.

In addition to Loomis' withdrawal, Dotson and Keil's petitions were approved and the two were added to the April ballot.
For more information on the election, go to .

Saja Hindi: 970-699-5404,,

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Monday, January 2, 2017 10:27 PM

2 candidates declare run for City Council — so far

One month before the deadline to file, two Loveland residents have already declared their candidacies for a soon-to-be-vacant Loveland City Council Ward III seat.

The election will take place April 11 to elect a candidate to complete City Councilman Hugh McKean's term, which expires in November.

Committee to Elect Steve Olson
1668 McKenzie Ct. | Loveland, CO 80537
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