I start each day by asking, "What can I do today to improve our community?"
My service on the Loveland City Council since November 2015, and as Mayor Pro Tem since 2017, has been both challenging and rewarding. Challenging because the issues are complex, and because it takes time and patience to listen, learn, and develop appropriate solutions. Rewarding because I have been able to make a positive difference in people's lives - a goal that has always been central to my life. That is the reason I am running for Mayor.
To serve well, our Mayor must be forward-thinking, decisive, and action-oriented - an energy creator who collaborates with council members, city staff, and citizens to create best-fit solutions for everyone in Loveland. The Mayor must also not focus on ideology to a fault, but on providing sound leadership that is responsible, reliable, and reasonable. It is about listening, learning, and understanding the very real issues impacting people’s lives and collaborating to create workable solutions.
These are uniquely challenging times, as COVID-19 has thrown us all into uncharted waters. As we work through this pandemic, it is imperative that city leaders stay focused on the essentials of a healthy, vibrant community. We must also address threats to Loveland’s unity and morale. If we fail to value and respect each other as unique people, Loveland will cease to be Loveland.
The Mayor must offer executive experience, positive energy, and a strong community voice to support an expanding list of important objectives: retaining and creating jobs; providing for a high level of public safety; working for robust housing options; valuing recreational and entertainment activities; supporting educational opportunities for all; attracting retail and professional services to meet citizen needs. and ensuring safe and efficient travel throughout the city. All of these goals are based on the belief that every Loveland citizen is a valued member of our community, regardless of our differences.
I hope you will join my campaign for Mayor and vote for me, Don Overcash, for Mayor on November 2nd.
Having grown up in the small town of Naperville, Illinois, my 2006 move to Loveland felt like a homecoming. In addition to an established city core and a revitalizing downtown, I saw new shopping areas springing up and new housing developments expanding the city limits. Even better, I saw a mixture of life-long residents and recent transplants sharing culture and values. I love small, growing towns that can prosper while keeping their small-town appeal. And yes, I love the annual Corn Roast!