Loveland’s Mayor Elect Jacki Marsh is already under attack by former rival Councilman John Fogle who is attempting to deny her access to committee assignments through emails to staff and colleagues. Tomorrow night she will be sworn-in along with two new members of Loveland’s City Council.
At the risk of opening a partisan debate, we see both Marsh and Fogle as the two wild cards in the council’s current partisan divide of 4-3. Fogle changed registration before running for Council only to revert to prior politics when it appeared to favor his fortunes earning him the reputation of an opportunistic flip-flopper. Marsh is historically a Democrat but her issues of more transparency and less special interest influence over the public body were emphatically opposed by Councilwoman Leah Johnson who fashions herself as the model Democrat on Loveland’s City Council. Johnson appears to be the constamment insider doing the bidding of developer McWhinney, the Chamber and any other special interest. Johnson’s tireless efforts to spoil Marsh’s political ambitions have not gone unnoticed by Marsh making for an unlikely alliance.
Especially humorous is the current rumor that Marsh will soon resign if her colleagues create enough road blocks and frustrate her efforts at being an effective mayor for the city; an effort both Johnson and Fogle have already begun.
We say funny because they continue to misjudge Marsh. Once the nation’s most well known female long distance runner (then Jacki Dixon) . Marsh has the stamina most people don’t to finish what she starts. That is why we confidently will call tomorrow’s swearing-in the beginning of the ‘Marsh era’ in Loveland politics.