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District 1 – Lew Gaiter III

Lew Gaiter


Larimer County Commissioners' Office
PO Box 1190
Fort Collins, CO 80522
(970) 498-7010

Lew is the Larimer County Commissioner representing District 1, which is the northern third of Larimer County. He was appointed in a vacancy election in January 2010 and elected in the general election in November 2010. He was re-elected in November 2014.


  • Business and Life Coach
  • International Software and Computer Networking Consultant
  • Business Owner
  • Research and Development Software Engineer
  • Board member of multiple for profit/non-profit organizations since 1990

County Commissioner

  • Chair of Larimer County Board of Commissioners – 2012, 2015
  • Past Vice-President of Front Range District – Colorado Counties, Inc.
  • Current Colorado Counties, Inc. Board Rep for Front Range District
  • Past Chair, Colorado Counties, Inc. Tourism, Resorts and Economic Development Steering Committee
  • Member, National Association of Counties Community and Economic Development Steering Committee
  • Vice Chair 2015, State Emergency Medical and Trauma Services Advisory Council (SEMTAC)
  • Member, Colorado Department of Human Services Child Fatality Review Committee
  • Member, Colorado Statewide Internet Portal Authority (SIPA)
  • Member, BoVice Chair 2015, State Emergency Medical and Trauma Services Advisory Council (SEMTAC)ard of Directors, National Association of Counties, 2015 (NACO)


  • 24 year member of the Loveland Volunteer Ski Patrol
  • Past Director of the Loveland Volunteer Ski Patrol
  • Current National Ski Patrol Outdoor Emergency Care Instructor
  • Eastern Region Director – Rocky Mountain Division of the National Ski Patrol
  • Past Chairman of Realities for Children "Triumph Awards"


  • Married for 34 years to Jeannette
  • Father of 9 children (7 boys and 2 girls — they're all both of ours)
  • Martial Arts assistant instructor
  • Avid skier
  • Broncos season ticket holder (with his dad)
  • Grandfather of 5
  • Delivered 8 of his 9 children at home


  • Skiing
  • Football – especially NFL (Denver Broncos!)
  • Reading – especially Tom Clancy, Vince Flynn
  • Skiing
  • Sailing (although I haven't done it for a long time)
  • Flying (never got my license, but I started)
  • Did I say skiing?

District 2 – Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson


Larimer County
Commissioners' Office
PO Box 1190
Fort Collins, CO 80522
(970) 498-7010

Steve was elected Larimer County Commissioner in 2008 and reelected in 2012, representing District 2, which is the middle third of the county. He took office January 13, 2009.

  • Veterinarian, practiced veterinary medicine in Loveland for 16 years, owned Allard Animal Hospital in Loveland
  • Taught Organic Chemistry at CSU
  • Currently teaches Organic Chemistry at CSU
  • Elected to Colorado Senate for District 15 in 2002 and 2006
  • Served as Assistant Minority Leader 2005-2006
  • Served on Joint Budget Committee for the 2007 and 2008 session
  • Served on Senate Appropriations Committee for 2007 and 2008 session
  • Elected to Colorado House in 1996, 1998 and 2000
  • Served as Majority Caucus Chairman in the House
  • Past Chairman, Fort Collins Urban Growth Area Review Board
  • Past chairman, Larimer County Planning Commission
  • Past Chairman, Larimer County Republican Party, 1991-92
Legislative Accomplishments
  • Senate sponsor of Referendum C
  • Original sponsor of the No Sales Call List in Colorado
  • Secured funding to reopen the Loveland Driver's License Office which was closed during the budget cuts of the 2001 recession
  • Secured additional funding for the CSU Veterinary Hospital
  • Updated Colorado's mining law to protect groundwater from in-situ Uranium mining operations
  • Member of Loveland Rotary Club
  • Past president of United Way of Loveland, Berthoud, Estes Park
  • Past member of the Board of Directors of the Loveland Chamber of Commerce
  • Married to Lynette
  • Graduated from Arapahoe High School in Littleton
  • B.S. in chemistry from Colorado State University; minor in Political Science
  • Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University
  • ASCSU Student Senate
  • Phi Beta Kappa


  • Philately
  • Gardening
  • Travel
  • Reading American history and political science
  • Favorite sport is hockey

District 3 – Tom Donnelly

Tom Donnelly


Larimer County
Commissioners' Office
PO Box 1190
Fort Collins, CO 80522
(970) 498-7010

Elected in 2008, Larimer County Commissioner Tom Donnelly is in his 2nd term as a County Commissioner, determining policy and setting the budget for Larimer County. Previously Donnelly served as County Surveyor and prior to that, worked in the private sector as a surveyor.

Donnelly was elected by a county wide vote and lives in Loveland, in District 3 which includes the southern end of the County, encompassing Loveland, Berthoud, Estes Park and surrounding areas, but he represents us all.

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