Letters to the Editor

Overbeck focused on what’s best for District 1

Serving on City Council from 2005 to 2013 was one of the most challenging and satisfying experiences of my life. In the four years since then, I have been pleased to watch my successor, Bob Overbeck, work very hard to continue representing the residents of District 1 with a focus on what is best for neighborhoods and community.

We are fortunate in Fort Collins to have an effective local government led by thoughtful citizens willing to put in long hours with multiple meetings and in listening to our concerns. I hope that the voters of District 1 will join me in supporting Bob Overbeck for re-election in April.

Ben Manvel, Fort Collins, 2017

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Bob Overbeck committed to Fort Collins way of life

Please help re-elect Bob Overbeck to City Council, in District 1. Bob has been a remarkably hardworking member of City Council for the last four years, fighting especially hard for those who need the support most in our community.

I have watched his work at council meetings and around the community, and have been impressed by Bob’s unique blend of diligence, his commitment to hearing and learning from his neighbors, his passion for addressing the issues that affect all of us in Fort Collins, and his compassion for those most in need of representation in decisions affecting our city. These characteristics make him uniquely qualified and worthy of our support for his willingness to serve a second term.

Bob Overbeck’s priorities as a council member have been: (a) the development and maintenance of safe, clean and livable neighborhoods; (b) a vibrant downtown, creative and business community; and (c) a healthy Poudre River and trail and natural areas preservation program. I have seen Bob go out of his way time and again while serving on the council to attend meetings, speak with community volunteers and organizations, and seek the opinions of all those affected by decisions being made by the city related to these broad issues.

Bob understands that our local environment is an extremely important influence on our collective well-being and that protecting the Poudre River and preserving the adjoining residential and business areas is essential to both our environmental and physical welfare.

More generally, he has gone out of his way to integrate a wide range of voices and perspectives about issues that affect us all. He has undertaken these responsibilities quietly, without a lot of fanfare and adulation, reflecting even more deeply his dedication to and sincerity about his work as our representative on the City Council. I was therefore very pleased to learn of his plans to seek re-election.

Please join me in supporting Bob Overbeck’s re-election to Fort Collins City Council, in District 1.

Tom Griggs, Fort Collins, 2017

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Vote for Overbeck; he’s the ‘neighborhood candidate’

I have been involved with neighborhood issues and, in particular, those involving CSU student housing for a number of years.

Because of my involvement and continued concern, I am supporting Bob Overbeck, the District 1 City Council candidate, in next week’s election. Bob has not only been at the table for discussions about our neighborhoods and student housing, but also he is the only candidate in the District 1 race — or any of the city races for that matter — who lives in a neighborhood adjacent to CSU.

Those of you living near CSU know what a different perspective you have on certain issues pertaining to the university and how important it is to have that perspective represented on council.

I know Bob through his dedication to neighborhood and student housing issues. Bob will stand up for neighborhoods. If we make him a member of City Council, he will have the demeanor to sit down with the various stakeholders and make sure the Fort Collins/CSU partnership is mutually strong.

Bob’s involvement in UniverCity Connections is just one example of his commitment to both entities. He certainly realizes how important the bond between Fort Collins and CSU is and that neither one can be strong and prosper without the cooperation of the other.

Bob is the one person who can carry on the role that Ben Manvel has always played so effectively — putting neighborhoods first. Please join me in supporting the ‘neighborhood candidate.’ Vote for Bob Overbeck for District 1.

Doug Brobst, Fort Collins, 2013

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Reject special interest money by voting for Bob Overbeck

I urge Fort Collins voters to reject big special interest money trying to buy our local City Council elections. Please vote for our locally funded, locally supported, and locally concerned candidate, Bob Overbeck, in District 1. You’ll elect the best candidate and at the same time send a message about special interests trying to buy our elections. Bob is decent, caring, honest, and hardworking.

Please join me in supporting Bob Overbeck. You’ll be glad you did.

Kelly Ohlson, mayor pro tem of Fort Collins City Council, 2013

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Overbeck knows what matters to neighborhoods

Bob Overbeck is an outstanding candidate for City Council. His responses at the March 14 League of Women Voters Forum made it very apparent that Bob studied the issues, took well-founded positions and expressed himself in the most concise language imaginable.

You may watch the forum rebroadcast and wonder what many of the other candidates meant by their answers, but not Bob. The time he has spent walking the neighborhoods has paid off —he knows what matters to the people, is not afraid to have an opinion and has learned to share it openly.

Don’t take my word for it; watch the forum rebroadcast on Channel 14. The League has once again done us a service by presenting good questions, and you can do yourself a favor by watching the candidates respond. I found that by the end of the evening, I knew who I would vote for and Bob Overbeck is one of them.

Tom Linnell, Fort Collins, 2013

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Overbeck is genuinely civic-minded

I am voting for Bob Overbeck for City Council in District 1.

I first met Overbeck at a nonpartisan civic event when we served on a citizen task force for UniverCity Connections. I didn’t know him then, but my first impression was that he was a bright, informed guy with a sharp appearance. I assumed he was successful at whatever it was he did. As it turned out, I found that what he does is help people.

A few weeks later, I learned Overbeck was running for City Council, and after talking to him further, I know he wants to help the community and has the type of attitude that if the city prospers, we all will prosper.

From working with guide dogs for the blind to helping protect our precious Poudre River, he is genuinely civic-minded, and I can easily endorse Bob Overbeck for District 1. He believes if the city does well, we can all benefit, and he wants to help us get that benefit.

That’s why I’m voting for Bob Overbeck for City Council in District 1.

AJ Feldmann, Fort Collins, 2013

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Overbeck a defender of neighborhoods and quality of life

Bob Overbeck is the only candidate in the District 1 council race to stand up in front of City Council and support a citizen vote on the proposed on-campus CSU football stadium. Overbeck recognized early on that our neighborhoods could be negatively impacted by a new on-campus stadium, and he felt that citizens deserved to have their voice heard in such an important decision.

Like many of the rest of us, Overbeck was concerned about the potential negative impacts such a stadium could bring to our neighborhoods and to taxpayer pocketbooks.

In fact, Overbeck has stood up and spoken out numerous times in defense of our neighborhood quality of life and our community’s health and safety. He does this respectfully and knowledgeably — listening to others, gathering the facts and looking for innovative solutions.

Please vote Bob Overbeck for City Council, District 1.

John Yule, Fort Collins, 2013

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Overbeck a great candidate for council

I’m excited to see a great guy like Bob Overbeck running for City Council. I’ve known Overbeck for five years and met him when he covered the public hearings on the Northern Integrated Supply Project as a news ranger for KRFC. I’ve seen and heard him many times since, covering local news, speaking to City Council on important issues and at events around town.

Overbeck has the qualities we expect in our council representatives. He is an active listener, gathers all the information about an issue, consults the stakeholders, and steps forward to speak up to support or oppose policies he thinks will help or hurt our neighborhoods and community.

For example, during the past year Overbeck attended workshops and open houses about the Old Town Eastside-Westside zoning issue related to new, overly large houses blocking solar access and affecting neighbors’ privacy. He actively engaged in learning all about the issue and was willing to stand up before council to speak in support of neighborhood residents’ concerns.

Bob Overbeck will make a great city council member because he values our neighborhoods’ and community’s interests over special interests.

Please vote for Bob Overbeck when you get your mail ballot.

Gina C. Janett, former mayor pro tem of Fort Collins City Council, 2013

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State Rep. Fischer endorses Overbeck in District 1

City elections are not too far away, and voters living in District 1 will be voting for a new City Council member. I am supporting Bob Overbeck for City Council for this district.

Bob is a thoughtful, fair-minded and caring individual who will put the best interests of Fort Collins residents first. He has many things that make him the best choice for District 1, including financial job experience, proven dedication to this community, and a knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing Fort Collins.

Bob Overbeck is the best choice for City Council District 1. I wholeheartedly support him.

Randy Fischer, Fort Collins, 2013

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Overbeck has taken stand on the big issues

Bob Overbeck has my support for City Council. In my view, he is on the right side of issues that are important to me. Not only that, but also he takes the time and effort to thoughtfully express his views publicly to City Council. I appreciate and admire someone who speaks up for what they believe in.

Bob has publicly opposed the use of eminent domain for Sears, believing a business that has served the Fort Collins community for so long deserves to be treated better. In addition, he has advocated for a citizen vote on the proposed CSU stadium. Bob believes our community deserves a voice in this important decision because of a new stadium’s potential negative impacts on our neighborhoods. He has strongly supported protecting the Poudre River, and he has opposed NISP — the project that would build a damaging reservoir west of town.

These are just a few examples of what I have heard from Bob. He has earned my support.

Joe Machala, Fort Collins, 2013

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Overbeck a breath of fresh air in Fort Collins politics

Our election to select new City Council representatives is fast approaching, and I would like to share my thoughts on one particular candidate, Bob Overbeck, who would represent District 1 if elected.

I am a former Fort Collins resident, just returning after a number of years, and have had a chance to become acquainted with Mr. Overbeck. He is extremely involved in issues of interest to residents of all ages and passionate about the well-being of this community and the integrity of our neighborhoods. I have a personal interest in ensuring that the charm and beauty of residential Old Town and downtown is protected and maintained.

I also like the fact that he has a background in business and finance; has the respect and support from leaders in the community; and that he works tirelessly to advocate in the best interest of residents.

If some of your readers have not had a chance to meet and speak with him, I think they would find him to be knowledgeable, trustworthy and a breath of fresh air in the political scene.

Joyce Lowder, Fort Collins, 2013

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Overbeck shares values of Fort Collins residents, is best candidate for District 1

Vote for Bob Overbeck for City Council; he is the best candidate in District 1 by far. Not only is he an experienced business person, but a prolific volunteer in our community.

He is publically endorsed for this office by our current state senator and two state representatives as well as by several current City Council members. Most important: He shares our values of what is important to the citizens of Fort Collins. Vote for Bob Overbeck for City Council.

Trudy Haines, Fort Collins, 2013

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To keep neighborhoods improving, vote for Overbeck

Bob Overbeck is the best District 1 City Council candidate for keeping Fort Collins neighborhoods livable and safe.

Bob is a strong supporter of pro-neighborhood policies and has supported the occupancy ordinance that protects single-family neighborhoods from becoming havens for “boarding houses.” Since the occupancy ordinance passed, there has been a big improvement in the quality of my neighborhood. The houses and lawns are being kept up better; there are fewer cars on the street; and loud parties are a distant memory. This change is due to the pro-neighborhood ordinances passed by City Council in the past few years.

If you want to keep our neighborhoods livable and safe, I hope you will vote for Bob Overbeck in District 1. He is on record as a strong supporter of our neighborhoods.

Bev Marquart, Fort Collins, 2013

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Overbeck will bring new blood to council that will benefit entire city

This letter is to encourage folks to elect Bob Overbeck to the City Council. I have known Bob from his time as a news reporter/writer at KRFC, the community radio station in Fort Collins. He was able to write and produce news features on a shoestring budget. He knew how to get the most out of every resource dollar. In conversations with Bob at the station, I found him to be a person sensitive to many points of view on community issues. He is well-spoken, even-tempered, a good listener and not an ideologue or grand-stander, all characteristics that will serve his constituents well in these sometimes cantankerous times.

While I have great respect for the past contributions of some of the other candidates in District 1, I believe that the community is served well by the infusion of “new blood” on the council. I also expect that, if elected, Bob will be a perpetual candidate for the “perfect attendance award.” I urge all the citizens of District 1 to give Bob Overbeck a close look when deciding on a representative. You’ll be doing the entire city a favor.

Gene Abkarian, Fort Collins, 2013

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Overbeck motivated, devoted, aware

I encourage voters in District 1 to elect Bob Overbeck for City Council.

Overbeck has been my neighbor for more than eight years, and in this time I’ve seen his devotion to our community evolve from raising puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind to being a very frequent neighborhood advocate at City Council meetings. He also reported the news on local issues at KRFC community radio and made several videos on public policy while serving as a board member at Fort Collins Public Access TV.

Overbeck has increased my awareness and involvement in local issues. We’ve spent many evenings chatting about different topics, such as stock and commodity markets, environmental issues, hiking, camping, music, animals and mainly why we both love living in Fort Collins. He is truly motivated to pursue positive neighborhood and community issues. When you get your ballot, vote for Bob Overbeck.

Roy Stahlbush, Fort Collins, 2013

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Overbeck has character, skepticism and vision

As a former City Council member who served almost nine years, I have a sense of the work and dedication it takes to be on the City Council.

Bob Overbeck possesses the skills, the integrity and the verve to serve. The role of a council member is to do their best for the health and welfare of the citizens of his or her district, and for the city of Fort Collins.

Bob has the skepticism to negotiate with City Hall, the character to listen to all citizens, and the vision to make Fort Collins a better community.

David Roy, Fort Collins, 2013

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Overbeck has shown he fights for neighborhoods, community

Eight-year veteran Councilman Ben Manvel’s recent endorsement of Bob Overbeck was very impressive. I totally agree with Manvel that Overbeck would be an excellent representative. He would be a passionate, caring and responsible voice for the well-being of the Fort Collins community.

In the fall of 2012, I witnessed Overbeck in action at a council meeting, addressing a referendum for the November ballot. The referendum would have given the community a voice to say whether they were “for” or “against” CSU President Tony Frank’s October decision whether to proceed with plans to build a new stadium on campus. Overbeck was one of the 35 community voices that were heard that evening before the final council vote.

He was respectful, professional, passionate and articulated well-planned-out, sound arguments of what he believed best for Fort Collins. Bob Overbeck is the person needed as a council member in District 1, who stands up and fights for neighborhoods and community.

Bev Siglin, Fort Collins, 2013

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Overbeck’s history indicates he would bring leadership on neighborhood issues

I’m supporting Bob Overbeck for City Council District 1. I have been an involved citizen working for neighborhood issues for many years. In my experience, having City Council representatives who listen and respond to neighborhood concerns is extremely important. I’ve heard Bob Overbeck speak to City Council on issues related to neighborhoods several times. His comments clearly reflect his concern to maintain and improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods. Bob has a history of working for safe and livable neighborhoods, for a strong downtown and for a healthy Poudre River.

For nearly a decade, Bob has been an active and involved community member, working to protect neighborhoods, reporting news and producing programs for community radio station KRFC and public access television, volunteering and raising puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind, and volunteering for a variety of community organizations.

Residents of District 1 (northeast Fort Collins), please vote for Bob Overbeck. He will continue the tradition of positive leadership for neighborhood and community issues that Ben Manvel and Kelly Ohlson have given us these past eight years.

Lloyd Walker, Fort Collins, 2013

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Overbeck showed influence, commitment at KRFC

Great news, Fort Collins. Bob Overbeck, my long standing friend and colleague, is running for Fort Collins City Council.

Years ago Bob and I first met at KRFC, Fort Collins’ community radio station, and I was immediately impressed with Bob’s commitment to the community of Fort Collins. Bob served diligently on many committees and served many roles with KRFC, but his most influential role was as a member of the news team. Bob covered the political, economic and enviromental beat during some very interesting times and learned the issues affecting our community from an inside perspective.

As Bob and I spent more time together volunteering for various community functions, I began to see Bob’s positive impact on the community. Bob’s commitment to Fort Collins has been unwavering, and I am thrilled to see Bob pursuing another opportunity to serve the community he loves. Bob Overbeck will serve Fort Collins well, and I support and endorse Bob’s candidacy for City Council District 1.

Troy Lepper, Fort Collins, 2013

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Overbeck does his homework to protect community interests

Bob Overbeck stands out as the best choice for City Council District 1.
Bob has been active in our community since he arrived here years ago, working hard on a number of issues very important to the future of Fort Collins. For example, he’s made a number of public service videos to inform our community about timely issues, such as those examining the dangers of fracking, preserving the Poudre River and preventing elder abuse. I’ve found that he takes a thoughtful approach to issues — doing his homework, listening to others and looking for fresh ideas. And he is a very respectful and caring individual who will be fully committed to serving the citizens of District 1 and Fort Collins in the community’s best interests.

When you receive your city ballot in March, please vote for Bob Overbeck.

Michelle Grooms, Fort Collins, 2013

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Overbeck best man to address vital, complex issues

Races for City Council are now under way; ballots will be sent out in five weeks. In District 1, Bob Overbeck deserves your support.

City Council will face many vexing issues involving water use, and we will need council members who are willing to meet the people and learn their perspectives on these issues. We cannot afford to elect folks who believe they can meet the requirements of their office simply by imposing ideologically determined, cookie-cutter answers to community needs.

Overbeck is the best candidate for addressing these vital but complex issues. His volunteer work underscores his ingrained belief that neighborhood consultations are the first step in addressing community questions. His past volunteer work has frequently focused on water as a community resource. He will be more interested in finding what constitutes a “good deal” for our city rather than a “sweet deal” for a few residents. Support Overbeck for City Council, District 1.

David S. Trask, Fort Collins, 2013

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Overbeck’s my candidate for City Council

I was thrilled to learn my neighbor and good friend Bob Overbeck would be running for Fort Collins City Council District 1. Since Bob’s been in this community, he’s done many things to improve neighborhood quality. I feel safer and better because of Bob’s involvement in our community. I’ve lived for over 100 years, 72 of them in Fort Collins. As someone who’s voted in every election since the early 1930, Bob Overbeck is a candidate who’s really earned my trust and vote and brings new leadership to local government.

Pearl Jennings, Fort Collins, 2013

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Current council member supports Overbeck

For the past eight years I have had the privilege of serving as the city council member for District 1. Several people have expressed interest in running for my seat in April. Citizens have asked me if I have an endorsement in the race. I do.

One of the candidates has been attending many Council meetings and speaking up on important issues. That man, Bob Overbeck, has also taken the initiative to talk with me about what service on Council involves, and has asked for my support.

After several in-depth discussions, I am convinced that Bob Overbeck will be a great representative for District 1. He is a listener and a problem solver, he has a deep knowledge of financial matters, and he is involved in the community in many ways. I am excited that someone with Bob’s skills, heart, and energy has stepped forward to succeed me. I support him wholeheartedly.

Ben Manvel, Fort Collins, 2013