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2017 Elected Council Candidates.
  
Candidates were asked for their thoughts on the city of Loveland providing a broadband utility to residents at a candidate forum on
October 4th.

Which broadband internet option would you support, and why?


Mayor

Jacki Marsh

Campaign website:jackiforallofloveland .com.
Age: 63
How long in Loveland: : I4 years
Professional background:
Owner of Rabbask Designs, General manager, Purchasing Director, Accounts payable clerk. Bookkeeper.Teacher.

I support the city of Loveland becoming a competitive provider of internet and telephone services, providing access to all Loveland residents and businesses. The advantages to Loveland include: Internet service will be more reliable, cheaper, faster and universally available to all residents. Loveland will be in a better position to retain and attract employers with higher paying jobs, creating jobs for local residents.
Customer-service employees would be local, knowledgeable and friendly. Fiber optic networks are stable, reliable and easy to upgrade. The city would maintain control, which means that residents will not be at the mercy of large profit-oriented providers that may have less commitment to our community. I believe we could fund the infrastructure of laying fiber optics with tax-free minibonds that would be available only to Colorado residents.
"I would like to employ a Loveland resident to work for our broadband company and I would trust that when I pick up the phone, that somebody is going to care."

Ward I

Jeremy Jersvig
Campaign websitejeremyforloveland.com.
Age: 39.
How long in Loveland: 5 years.
Professional background Restaurant manager, Served 12 years in the Navy. Currently a property appraiser. Graduate 2017 Leadership Program of the Rockies.

While I understand the benefits that a citywide fiber network would provide, I agree with the current council’s decision to delay the ballot question until more information is provided on the various options. The retail option includes a substantial risk to the city and the residents. Those risk factors should be mitigated or alleviated, to the best of our ability, before jumping into such an unfamiliar territory. We need all the ducks in a row, so-to-speak, before taking action. The final decision should be left to the people of Loveland."I don't see this as a telecom question, but as a risk management question”

Ward II

Kathi Wright
Campaign website:wrightforloveland.com.
Age: 65.
How long in Loveland: 39 years.
Professional background: City of Loveland for 13 years. Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County for 18 years. I also did brief stints at Continental Manufacturing, Kodak, The Summit Restaurant, Miniscribe and Poudre Valley Hospital.

I will keep an open mind on the broadband issue until the study report comes out at month’s end. Wright said she has spoken to Loveland residents who say they must wake up at 2 a.m. in order to complete their work online because of insufficient bandwidth during peak hours."To me, we have to keep up with the world," 



Ward III
Steve Olson
​Campaign website:olsonforcouncil.com/home.
Age: 70.
How long in Loveland: 20 years.
Professional background: 29 years as Health Care Administrator in Navy. Financial adviser to Business Owners and strategic chief financial officer and partner in B2B CFO. Graduate 2009 Leadership Program of the Rockies

Ultimately residents should make the choice regarding broadband. But they must be fully informed of the risks should a city initiative fail. Advocates propose the city borrow $70 million to $100 million to establish a new utility for less than half of the residences in Loveland. However, should the effort fail, every utility user would be
stuck with an additional utility charge to repay the debt even if they had never signed up for broadband.
This means that even you did not choose city broadband you would be responsible for bailing out those that did. I propose protecting those that do not sign up for city operated broadband by exempting them from any broadband failure fee.
“The key element is the risk involved with implementing such a system, having it fail, and then passing the bill off to taxpayers who may not have wanted it in the first place.”

Ward IV

Dave Clark

Campaign website:DaveForLoveland.com.
Age: 61.
.How long in Loveland: 54 years.
Professional background: General contractor.
Owner/manager of Candlelight Dinner Playhouse.

We do not have enough information presented to the public yet to be able to make a completely informed decision. The City Council is waiting to get a report from a professional consultant regarding expected results of a city-owned broadband utility. We are also waiting to receive and review results from a recent request for proposal to outside private companies to provide a broadband utility to the citizens. In addition, there are still outstanding and unanswered questions (very important questions) such as should the city be involved in a market that is quite volatile and changing like the technical industry? What is the true risk to the city if and when the market changes at a fairly quick pace? Can the city really keep up with these changes? As a result of the above outstanding issues, I do not believe any one of us is able to make an informed decision yet about this extremely important issue."There's still a lot of questions; I'll wait for those answers."