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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  http://www.ci.loveland.co.us/government/city-clerk/municipal-elections .

Saja Hindi: 970-699-5404, hindis@reporter-herald.com, twitter.com/BySajaHindi.

Original article can be found at http://www.reporterherald.com/news/election/ci_30770005/1-candidate-withdraws-from-council-race

 


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