Jon Mallo of Ward IV has introduced he’s working for the seat on Loveland’s Metropolis Council held by Dave Clark, who will endorse Mallo’s bid and never search reelection.
Mallo, a retired insurance coverage firm govt who moved to Loveland from Kansas Metropolis in 2008, mentioned his prime priorities if elected will embrace enterprise growth, reasonably priced housing and senior care.
“I really like Loveland. I really like the leisure, the humanities, the recreation, I might go on and on,” he mentioned Friday. “With the help of the individuals across the group, I believe I can win.”
Similtaneously Mallo’s announcement, Clark introduced that he shall be stepping down this fall.
“The time has now come after 15 years for me to step apart and let others signify the town as we proceed to attempt to work collectively to create a good higher place to work and reside,” an announcement from Clark reads partly.
Clark served on the council from 2004 till 2009 and from 2012 till the current. Additionally representing Ward IV at the moment is Don Overcash, who’s working for mayor this fall.
Mallo mentioned he determined to fulfill with Clark and discuss the way forward for the seat after studying that the longtime councilor deliberate to step down.
“We left that assembly feeling like we had some shared values, and he inspired me to run,” Mallo mentioned.
Mallo spoke about desirous to help small enterprise house owners, who he known as “probably the most brave individuals on the planet,” and mentioned he was open to the town awarding incentives as a method of competing to draw companies, “so long as it’s a very good deal.”
“I believe the council simply must be able to welcome small and enormous companies,” Mallo mentioned. “And we will’t make issues too extremely regulated so companies gained’t need to come right here.”
He mentioned his expertise as a business strains underwriter and auditor had “uncovered (him) to the internal workings of each Fortune 500 corporations and mother and pop companies in lots of communities” and that he had been chargeable for evaluating whether or not municipalities have been insurable. He labored within the business for 43 years till retiring in Might.
Mallo described himself as a “capitalist at coronary heart” and right-leaning on financial points, whereas extra reasonably inclined on social points.
Because the previous president of Loveland Habitat for Humanity’s board of administrators and a present member of the Loveland Housing Authority’s board, Mallo mentioned he additionally has an curiosity in selling reasonably priced housing from the dais.
He mentioned he hopes to keep up and strengthen the town’s relationship with organizations that may assist construct Loveland’s stock of reasonably priced housing.
“We’re such an enormous a part of each of these organizations,” Mallo mentioned of Habitat and the housing authority. “I simply need to guarantee that continues.”
He additionally serves on the board of the Inexperienced Home Houses at Mirasol, a talented nursing group in central Loveland run by the housing authority. Mallo mentioned he hopes to think about aged constituents in conversations about reasonably priced housing and different subjects.
When requested what he thought in regards to the metropolis’s dealing with of the Karen Garner controversy — in April, particulars have been made public of the Loveland Police Division’s violent arrest of the 74-year-old, who suffers from dementia — Mallo mentioned he appreciates the care he believes the town is placing into its investigations of the incident to make sure “due course of.”
“It’s definitely a horrific factor that we witnessed right here in our city,” he mentioned. “Though I’m very pro-police, there may very well be unhealthy individuals in each group. If it’s decided that we now have unhealthy individuals in our police division, they should be punished, irrespective of how excessive their rank is.”
Different priorities talked about by Mallo embrace selling range in Loveland and bettering the dynamics of the council.
“There’s been some battle, and that must be addressed, and if present individuals can’t change that, perhaps we want some new blood,” he mentioned. “I gained’t be an issue. I’ll be seeking to assist that scenario by respecting and honoring one another.”
Mallo lives along with his spouse of 36 years, Kathy, with whom he has three grownup youngsters, Kaity, Drew and Ross. He mentioned his hobbies embrace golf, fishing, mountaineering and sampling Loveland’s native craft beers.
In addition to Mallo, one different individual, Caitlyn Wyrick, has introduced their candidacy for the Ward IV seat.
Loveland’s 2021 municipal election shall be Nov. 2.