Six vying for three seats on Burgdorf city council – Loveland Reporter-Herald
Six Burgdorf residents are vying for three seats on the city’s board of directors in the upcoming municipal elections in April.
Only one of the nominees, Tim Hardy, is an incumbent who currently sits on the board.
The other candidates are Karl Ayers, Ryan Berry, Alex Johnson, Sean Murphy and Ellyn Rush.
The city’s municipal election will take place on April 5 and all active registered voters will receive their ballots in the mail. Ballots will be mailed out beginning March 14, and voters can mail them back or drop them off at Burgdorf City Hall, 807 Mountain Ave.
City Hall also serves as a voter service center where residents can obtain replacement ballots or, if newly registered to vote, pick up a ballot for the election. The electoral center will be open during normal business hours, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays, from March 14 until Election Day.
On April 5, a Tuesday, the hours will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Each voter will be able to choose up to three candidates as there are three seats available on the board of directors. The three with the most votes will serve four-year terms on the seven-member council.
Directors are limited to two consecutive four-year terms on the board. The six candidates will appear on the ballot in the order of their names chosen by lot.
Ayers: A professor of Western Civilization at Ridgeview Classical Schools, Ayers moved from Fort Collins to Burgdorf three years ago. As he had done in Fort Collins, he began
volunteering on various committees and boards, including the city’s planning and zoning commission. This year, he hopes to step up his community service from the advisory level to a real vote on the city’s future, using his ability to see both sides of an issue and find compromises moving forward.
“I love volunteering for my community,” Ayers said. “My wife and I plan to be in Burgdorf for the foreseeable future. I think the city has moved in very good directions, and I would like to see it continue to move forward with long-term benefits. … I try to do my best to help.
Bay: A resident of Burgdorf for just over five years, Berry runs a small business in Niwot which he describes as a manufacturer of electronic audio equipment. He said he is a firm believer in community involvement and regularly attends and comments on city council meetings, believing it is important to play an active role in making the city the best it can be.
maybe. He said he believes community involvement is important to all residents and ranges from Boy Scouts of America chief scout to administrator of the Burgdorf Community Facebook page.
“I believe my skills in working with others, creating an environment where open dialogue is welcome, and making smart decisions can be of great benefit to my community,” Berry wrote in an email.
He also wrote: “There is so much to love about Berthoud. We are a community that greets each other when we pass by, comes together whenever one of us needs help, and cares deeply about the city we live in. I hope to best represent all of our city’s voices as we continue to see growth along the Front Range, and understand the importance of growing responsibly with the changes around us.
Robust: Originally from Burgdorf, Hardy has a deep connection to the city and has experience in large and small businesses as well as running his own local print shop and photo studio, according to a profile on the city’s website. His profile said he wanted to facilitate the balance between smart growth and the small-town vibe of Burgdorf, and when reached by phone, he
said his management and budgeting skills served him well on the board. Over the past four years on council, he said, trustees have instituted development codes that will benefit residents and, as a beekeeper, he has worked to promote pollinator gardens and reduce pollution. use of toxic chemicals to benefit pollinators and people. Additionally, he said, he has been called a voice of reason for his ability to see all sides of an issue.
“It’s my hometown,” Hardy said. “I’ve lived here all my life. I prefer to have a say in what the city does. A lot of people want to keep the small town vibe. … We just want quality growth that won’t be a burden on anyone. I just want to carry on and make sure Burgdorf develops well and I want to preserve all that farmland we have and the main streetscape.
Johnson: Born and raised in Loveland, Johnson moved to Burgdorf four years ago, working as a mortgage broker. He has a passion for
politics and believes that the ability to have different viewpoints alongside civil discourse to reach a solution is the best way to serve the community. He believes city council members haven’t always listened to what people want, citing money spent on new parks as sidewalks crumble and the decision to fund a recreation center against a people’s vote as examples. He wants to change that by serving on the board to give people a voice as the community grows together.
“Situations have arisen (that show) that they’re not listening to the citizens of the city,” Johnson said. “They don’t consider the other impacts their decisions are going to have. … It’s time we had someone who will truly be the voice of the citizens sitting on the council.
Murphy: A resident of Burgdorf for nine years, Murphy is a licensed architect and stay-at-home dad, who moved to Colorado after college, living in Estes Park before Burgdorf, and spent nearly 15 years working on public lands and in architecture and planning on the northern frontal range. He is a member of the planning committee of Burgdorf and sat on the select committee for the overall plan of the city.
“I think we need pragmatic and experienced leadership that will work cooperatively to solve Burgdorf’s biggest problems,” he said in an email. “I promise to listen to the needs and amplify the voices of our citizens. Finally, I will contribute my values, my expertise and my hard work for the benefit of our community.
To rush: Moving to Burgdorf with her family for the first time in 1971, Rush completed her secondary education in the small town she eventually lived in for over two decades before moving. His family operated a dairy until 1999, when his parents retired. Four years ago, she was drawn to the small community she now wants to serve. She works in Fort Collins as a leasing agent and assistant manager of an affordable housing complex for seniors. She is running for the board to be a voice for other citizens, including
seniors, to listen, to be transparent and to essentially serve the community she loves. She cited her extensive experience in customer service, business, marketing, sales, accounting and communications as skills that will help her serve the city well.
“My desire to run for the board of directors of course starts with my love for the city of Burgdorf,” she wrote in an email. “A deep desire to retain some of the things that make our city special and that drew my family and others here many years ago. I have a desire to be an administrator available to people of all groups demographics and of all diversities and they can feel comfortable approaching those they know how to listen to and hear about the wants or needs or issues (that) may concern them regarding the future of our beautiful city! I feel particularly drawn to older people right now because of my job and my age and hope to fill a gap that I think might exist right now.
She also said, “I just feel like someone has to listen. I just want to be a person who finds the time to listen. … I have a huge passion for people. I just feel like I could make a difference.
Who doesn’t run?
Of the three open seats on the board of directors, only director Hardy chose to run for another term.
The other two board members, Jeff Hindman and Maureen Dower, are not seeking re-election.
Both said they chose not to run again because the board over the past four years has accomplished all of its priorities, and some of them. Both mentioned the opening of a new recreation center, a recreational sales tax and an open space plan. Hindman talked about hiring City Administrator Chris Kirk and updating the Global Plan, and Dower talked about new development codes, trail connections, and how the city is in great shape. financial.
“I think it’s time to call it good,” said Hindman, who served on the board for 16 of his 26 years at Burgdorf (not all of his terms were consecutive) and also served for four years on the city’s planning council. . “The leisure center was one of my main goals and priorities, and it’s amazing and super popular, no controversy. It’s great. I think we proved the naysayers wrong. It’s totally in our budget.
He added: “I feel like I can come back on a high note after accomplishing all of my top priorities.”
Dower, a veterinarian with one child in college and another in high school, said she was proud of the accomplishments and looked forward to spending more time with her family.
“We accomplished everything on my list, and I feel pretty good about it,” she said.
“I’m so grateful to have served with some really smart, smart people…To have been a part of so many things that are going to make this a great city to live in for the foreseeable future, even decades from now, was a real privilege.”
She said the city council has supported local businesses during the pandemic and the city is on a solid financial footing for the future.
“I think there are good candidates in the running, and I’m hopeful for the future of the city of Burgdorf,” Dower said. “I think it’s in a good place, and people running are going to keep it that way.”