Getting to Know Loveland Mayor Jacki Marsh

Jonson Kuhn | North Forty News

Loveland Mayor Jacki Marsh has been winning for some time now, having first served as mayor in 2017, though she wasn’t necessarily the favored candidate expected to win; she was elected to a total of three consecutive terms, but winning three mayoral elections was by no means her first taste of victory against the odds.

In the early 2000s, Jacki was diagnosed with a life-threatening heart condition that her doctor gave her about two years to live. Around the same time, she was blessed with the birth of her granddaughter who she was determined to be a part of, so Jacki made the decision to follow her from California to Utah to northern Colorado , despite the doctor’s warning of his race against time. . 18 years later, her granddaughter is now preparing to graduate from high school in Fort Collins.

Jacki first came to Colorado around 2013 after caring for her mother who had pancreatic cancer. After her mother’s death, Jacki purchased a mixed-use building in downtown Loveland where she lived upstairs and had a downstairs gallery at 4and street in front of the Rialto Theatre. Until then, she made her living designing and selling her own eclectic African and Tibetan inspired jewelry nationwide. A year after opening her gallery, she was invited to attend a meeting of business owners downtown where plans were being discussed for the future of downtown Loveland.

Seeing it as a chance to meet other business owners in the area, she was happy to attend, but quickly grew concerned that as a business owner this meeting was her first time. she heard about future plans for the city. The answer to his concerns was “if you went to city council meetings, you would know.” And so the seed was planted. As she began to attend board meetings regularly, one thing she immediately noticed was the fact that there weren’t many local small business owners (like herself) who were being heard by the board. advice and that more attention and focus seemed to be going to big developers and big companies.

“Esh’s Market, which came shortly after Sprouts, was not treated the same as Sprouts, local business owners were treated differently,” Jacki said. “I started looking around the subway neighborhoods and saw it as I still see it to this day, taxation without representation[…]As a local business owner, downtown resident, and landlord, I didn’t feel like my perspective was represented. »

So, after attending meetings and being present for three years, in 2017 she finally decided it was time to make her presence more known by running for office. At that time, she says she had “hurt her buttocks,” mostly in metropolitan neighborhoods.

In November 2017, she ended up winning her first mayoral race, despite odds and against some council expectations. In his three elections, his opponents have spent more than his campaign budget, but that only says a lot about his popularity with the public and voters.

“I try to be a voice for ordinary people. I try to be transparent and accountable,” Jacki said. “Whether you agree with me or not, you trust me to tell you what I believe to be the truth. I do not represent large developers at the expense of ordinary citizens[…]I ran because I didn’t feel like I was being heard, I think people vote for me because they feel they will be heard.

During his tenure as mayor, there were a number of focus points, but one in particular was affordable housing. “When you’re at a point where the median household income can’t afford a median house price, obviously there are hurdles that need to be overcome,” Jacki said. “The goal would be that people who work here can also live here. It’s going to take a variety of solutions, including looking at zoning issues.

Another important issue for Jacki is climate change. “I’ve lived here (in northern Colorado) since 2012 and I can see the climate change right now when I’m here, it’s really scary; have we passed the point of no return, I think that is a legitimate question. His goal is to hopefully see northern Colorado as carbon-free or as close to it as possible by 2030.

When asked whether or not she intends to run for a fourth term, she simply replies: “I don’t know; at the end of this mandate, I will have been here for six years, I will be 68 this year, I am very grateful to be on this side; it’s much longer than I expected, but I don’t know if I’ll run again.

It was the feeling of being unrepresented that inspired her to run in the first place, but she says if someone ran for mayor she could support, she would be happy to step down. Whether it’s beating her health diagnoses or beating favorite mayoral candidates, one thing you can definitely say about Jacki is that she’s a winner. When asked to reflect on her accomplishments, she humbly replies, “I’ve lived a great life. In this sense, she will travel to New York in June for the 50and Anniversary of the world’s first women’s 6-mile race, a race she won at the age of 17, as she has done for all the other “races” she has run against throughout her life. life.

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