Fort Collins: April Ballot Taking Shape

The Fort Collins municipal election is April 4, 2017. Candidate petitions are due Feb. 23 and already a variety of candidates have declared. Mayor Wade Troxell will run for another term on City Council. He will face challengers Elizabeth “Edie” Hudetz and Chavez Fisher. Hudetz is a longtime political activist and a member of Save the Poudre among other causes. Fisher is an army veteran; little other information about him is available.

District 1 incumbent Bob Overbeck will be challenged by Nate Budd, the associate director for development at the Scott College of Engineering at CSU. He has a long history of volunteer service in the community. Gino Campana has not announced whether he will run for a second term to represent District 3 (observers say he won’t). However, Gordon Coombes and Ken Summers have pulled petitions to run for that seat. Coombes is a former police officer who now works in substance abuse prevention. Summers is a former state legislator, former pastor and former director of a substance abuse program.

Ross Cunniff will be challenged by Duane Hansen in District 5. Hansen graduated from CSU in 2016. His campaign website doesn’t indicate his current employment. Hopefully, other candidates will emerge before the Feb. 23 deadline. For the business community, re-electing Wade Troxell for a second term is crucial. Replacing Ross Cunniff and Bob Overbeck with more business-friendly representatives is also important.

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