Republicans Reject Gibson Giving Donnelly A Landslide
Tom Donnelly, Larimer County Surveyor and Loveland Planning Commissioner, won a surprise upset over incumbent County Commissioner Glenn Gibson to be the choice of Larimer County Republicans for County Commissioner. Donnelly garnered 77.7% of the vote over Gibson 22.1%. This means Gibson will need to submit a petition to the County Clerk (as any citizen can) with enough signatures if he wants to run in the Republican Primary.
Many Republicans interviewed by LovelandPolitics at the assembly of elected delegates from every precinct in Larimer County expressed concern over Gibson's conduct in office. In addition, they recognized Donnelly as an active member of their party who had done a good job as the County Surveyor. Donnelly had many powerful supporters including the Larimer County Sherriff who, according to some, is still smarting over Gibson's opposition to the Sherriff's request for funding an expansion of the jail.
The Larimer County Democrats will hold their assembly next week and select a candidate from the party ranks. Roger Hoffmann is rumored to be the likely candidate to prevail in that contest if he chooses to run. Hoffmann is a community activist who ran before for County Commissioner against Gibson. He may be a formidable candidate if he enters the race.