Candidate profiles for the April 5 Wellington Board of Trustees election

Wellington is a statutory town with legislative and corporate authority vested in six elected trustees and a mayor. The municipal election will be held at the Leeper Center, 3800 Wilson Ave., on April 5. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Trustees are elected at large for four years. Three of the six trustees stand for election on even-numbered years. Board of Trustees meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. at the Leeper Center, 3800 Wilson, on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month.

Michael Nothnagel moved from Missouri to Wellington with his wife and son two years ago and wants to help shape the community he has come to love. He serves on his HOA board, has experience working with diverse groups of people in academia as a graduate student in chemistry and during ten years in customer service. He helped to re-establish a chapter of the American Chemical Society at University of Missouri and served as its treasurer. His strengths include careful listening, solving novel problems with logic, accomplishing tasks in a timely manner and staying within budget. He has concerns about the quality and availability of water as the town grows and wants to encourage obtaining additional water rights in a prudent manner. He’d work to encourage ethnic eateries and shops downtown and hopes for the day when all goods and services for everyday living are available in Wellington.

Pat Cordova, a Fort Collins native, has lived in Buffalo Creek with his wife, Kelly and twin sons, Damion and Darian, 16 for the past ten years. Son Dominic is 21. The Cordovas appreciate their house, spacious lot, pleasant neighborhood, and are pleased that after a long wait, Wellington Community Park is becoming a reality. “When we moved in we counted on the park being there within a couple of years,” Cordova said. It was the frustration of waiting so long for the park that got him to thinking about running for the board of trustees. He looks forward to having a say as the community confronts growth. Cordova works in the regional office of Whole Foods in Boulder in design and construction and is responsible for the “center of the store” area for 34 stores in five states. He thrives on hard work and is committed to making ethical decisions with the welfare of all citizens in mind.

Lynette Deuschle grew up in a small town in Minnesota and moved to Northern Colorado in 2005, locating in Wellington in 2013. When the younger of her two sons enlisted in the U.S. Army, he encouraged his mother to get involved in the community. She had already been volunteering and was participating in several committees. Deuschle says, “I am running for trustee because Wellington has friendly, caring residents that want the best for their community and families. I want to help grow Wellington but keep the warm hometown feel.” Deuschle serves on the Viewpointe HOA since 2013 and listens to homeowners’ opinions, concerns, ideas and frustrations. She has worked to keep the HOA on budget and to resolve by-law conflicts. She attends trustee meetings and stays informed about community issues and events. If elected she will continue to listen to the residents of Wellington and give them a voice while working cooperatively with all members of the board and the mayor.
Paul Cox, district pro sales manager at Home Depot, is responsible for building strong business relationships with local businesses and government entities. He holds a degree in civil engineering from the University of Wyoming and has worked in that field. He has spent most of his life in Wellington, attending Eyestone Elementary, Wellington Middle School and Poudre High School. He was a member of Larimer County 4H and a leader for several years. He attends Wellington Chamber of Commerce monthly roundtables and Wellington Board of Trustees meetings.

Daniel J. Sattler is a Colorado native who has lived in Wellington for 10 years. A small business owner, he has been a new car dealer and for 30 years has owned an Auto Dealer Finance and Insurance Agency. He holds a degree in business administration and is a certified insurance counselor. He has had experience turning a struggling business into a profitable one. The father of six, grandfather of six and husband to Rona for 36 years, Sattler thinks long-term and is concerned with what is best for the Wellington community. As a board member he would plan for future infrastructure, budget for roads, traffic and drainage and have input on overall town layout. He would consider creating a downtown development authority and is interested in holding events that bring visitors to town and showcase Wellington’s charm.

Matt Michel, is a current board of trustees member and is seeking re-relection.

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