Meet Your Candidates

The Town of Wellington will hold the next regular Municipal Election on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 for three seats on the Board of Trustees. Ballots will be mailed to voters as early as Monday, March 16 and can be mailed or dropped off at 3735 Cleveland Avenue, Wellington, Colorado. 

Candidates circulated petitions to be placed on the ballot. The order of candidates names on the ballot was made by drawing of names. Candidates were asked to submit a biography and photo. Learn more about your candidates below. 

John Evans

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My name is John Evans and I have lived in Wellington for the last five years. I have four children whose ages range from eight to seventeen. I have worked in construction for the last twenty years, my experience is in Water/Wastewater, Drainage, Road and Bridge. I have served on the Board of Trustees for the last two years, during that time I also have served on the Parks Advisory Board and the Wellington Housing Authority. I would like to continue serving the citizens of Wellington and help move Wellington towards a bright future.

Daniel J. Sattler

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Hello Wellington. My name is Dan Sattler. I am a faith filled man who has been married to my wife Roma for 40 years. We have 6 grown children and 7 grandchildren. When my wife and I moved to Wellington, we were going to live here for a year or so until we found a place we wanted to stay. That was 13 years ago. We’ve fallen in love with this little town and don’t see ourselves anywhere else. Roma and I own Sattler Dealer Services, a small consulting business headquartered here in Wellington. Our daughter Danielle is the Operations Director and works out of our Wellington office with me. I am fiscally conservative, a Town of Wellington Trustee and your current Mayor Pro Tem. I am also one of the commissioners on The Town of Wellington’s planning commission. I am running for re-election for the position of Town Trustee and would appreciate your vote

Jon Gaiter

Jon Gaiter PhotoI’m Jon Gaiter and I am excited to have the opportunity to serve the town of Wellington as Trustee for the town. Most importantly I am happily married to my wife of 11 years Christine; and father to Rebekah, Jeremiah, Benjamin, Hannah, Joanna, and Christian. My wife and I are business owners here in Wellington. Myself and four of my brothers have come to call Wellington our home, and now it is time for me to give back. I received my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of California Riverside. Since 2011 I have worked with various organizations across the country helping them to develop sustainable financial plans to expand their operations.

Growing up in Fort Collins, my parents taught me to take responsibility for my life, family, and community. There was no complaining about the problem if you weren’t working to be part of the solution. I learned a lot from my father, Lew Gaiter III, watching him serve as County Commissioner for District 1 in Larimer county. He was very clear whenever we spoke that he worked for the people of his district, not the other way around. This is a legacy that I intend to carry on.

While there are issues that I have found to be important, I want to continue to hear your ideas and thoughts about our town. We need better communication between the citizens of Wellington and elected officials. I believe that by working together Wellington can accomplish more.

Ashley Renee Macdonald

 Ashley R. Macdonald PhotoA true Northern Colorado native, Ashley began working in Wellington at the Kinzli RE/MAX Alliance office. Ashley fell in love with the community’s small town, all-American feel and decided this was where she wanted to raise her two children. In 2014, Ashley was elected as a Wellington Trustee.

During her time as Trustee, Ashley worked with community members to bring a new high school to Wellington (currently under construction), organized a community-build of the Wellington Community Park, saving the Town approximately $30,000.00, lobbied for both continued support of the Wellington Middle School’s Eagles After Hours program and creation of the Wellington Main Streets Program (WMSP), and served as a founding member of the Parks Advisory Board, Wellington Planning Commission, and the Wellington Community Activities Committee.

Ashley is deeply invested in this community and takes great pride in serving the people. When she is not working for Wellington Fire Protection District as the Government Affairs and District Management Director, Ashley can be found coaching youth sports, and volunteering her time as a face painter at Wellington community events.

In her return as a Trustee, Ashley will be a true community voice.  Through accountable decision-making, advocating strategic growth, addressing essential community infrastructure needs, and supporting and expanding both youth and seniors’ programs, Ashley will holistically prioritize current and future needs.  Additionally, Ashley passionately believes that small business is the foundation that has built this community.  Continuing to listen and support the small business community IS our future.

Joseph McDaniel 

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Growing up in the Wellington area made a lifelong impression on me.  I enjoyed attending local schools and participating in activities.  As an adult my family was drawn back to this community by the rural culture, a close-knit feeling, and opportunities for my children.  I have worked in the Front Range area, currently for the City of Fort Collins Streets Department and as a substitute bus driver for Poudre School District.  Serving nine years on my church’s board taught me about working with others.  Spending time volunteering with kids and giving back to the community is something I enjoy.  I also enjoy outdoor activities, dinner with friends, and learning about various technologies.  My desire in serving as a Trustee would be to help the town grow in positive ways,  to work on needed infrastructure, possibly help bring in new employment opportunities, and continue to develop activities to connect all parts of our growing town that would allow that home town feeling to flourish.

Rebekka Kinney

Rebekka Kinney PhotoRebekka grew up in Waverly, riding horses competitively. She attended Poudre High School (class of 2001) and earned her Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from CSU.  She has been a resident of Wellington for 6 years. 

Rebekka currently serves on the following:

·       Wellington’s Planning Commission, 

·       Larimer County Solid Waste Policy Council

She was previously the chair for the Larimer County Early Childhood Policy Council and served on the Selection Committee for the town’s Land Use and Comprehensive Plan development firm.  She is a volunteer for 4-H, Girl Scouts, Park Meadows, Wellington Rec, Rice Elementary, and the volunteer of the year for the Wellington Main Streets program for coordinating the return of the historic Wellington event, Well-O-Rama, as a music festival in August 2019.

In addition to her service mentioned above, her current projects include:

·       Well-O-Rama 2020 event planning 

·       Crosswalk safety planning with the town, Poudre School district, Fire Department, Wellington Main Street Program, and CDOT to implement lighted signs on Cleveland and at our schools

·       Serving on the school district’s Allergy Task Force

Also, look for her articles coming soon to the North Forty News with the hope of keeping all residents informed on happenings and opportunities in town.

To keep up with her campaign and events please follow her on Facebook or request notifications via email or text. Rebekka will host community forums and surveys in the next couple of months. You can reach Rebekka by email at #GrowWellWellington