Greeley and Loveland Mayors Win Re-Election
The mayors of both Greeley and Loveland will be serving a second term.
In Greeley, incumbent John Gates beat out his opponent John Shull, earning over 80% of the votes.
The win will allow him two more years as mayor, upping his total elected time on city council to 12 years (prior to his mayoral run, he was a councilman for eight years).
Born and raised in Greeley, Gates was previously a police officer for the Greeley Police Department. This local background, on top of his prior political experience, helped him secure his second term.
Shull, on the other hand, is a former actor who is fairly new to Greeley. Shull's campaign focused on natural resource preservation and diversity acceptance.
Shull said that he did not expect to win, but he was glad he was able to bring his platforms to light. According to The Greeley Tribune, he will also continue to be politically active, stating that he has plans to move ahead with the issues he's passionate about.
Gates humbly accepted his victory, acknowledging his respect for Shull and expressing gratitude for the democratic process.
In Loveland, Jacki Marsh earned her second term with almost 9,000 votes, beating out opponents Dave Clark and Kathi Wright.
Marsh's campaign focused primarily on small business, while advocating for more affordable housing. She also cracked down on ethics, promising to increase transparency on council.
Marsh is a small business owner herself, running Rabbask Designs on Fourth Street. A Loveland resident since 2012, Marsh has also worked in teaching, bookkeeping, and management.
Clark, on the other hand, has been a Loveland councilman for over 12 years. According to the Loveland Reporter-Herald, he currently owns the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse in Johnstown.
Similar to Marsh, his platform was pro-business, with a focus on transportation planning.
Wright, who has also been on Loveland's council for over 12 years, ran a campaign based on fostering communication and creating a local identity for Loveland. She called the results of the election "disappointing."
Both Clark and Wright will continue their terms on city council.