Colorado House District 51 Overview

Colorado House District 51 includes the Loveland area.  It's northern border is County Road 32 south of Fossil Creek Reservoir and Coyote Ridge Natural Area and extends south to County Road 14.  On the west it ends at Carter Lake.  It's eastern border is approximately I-25.

Colorado House District 51 Candidates

Joan Shaffer (D)


"I am dedicated to, and have demonstrated skills in, working with those of differing opinions to find and achieve action on common ground.  As your state representative I will bring your voice to the Capital, promising to work diligently to make sure our community continues to thrive as a great place to live, learn, work and prosper."


Joan Shaffer has lived in Colorado since 1994 and in Loveland since 2005.  She served two terms (eight years) on the Loveland City Council where she worked to ensure Loveland had a strong voice throughout the region in the areas of transportation, economic vitality, affordable housing, downtown development and the arts.


City Council Experience:

  • Loveland representative for the North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization, a body of appointed elected officials from Larimer and Weld counties responsible for determining the best use of limited federal transportation dollars to ease congestion, maintain air quality standards and improve the safety of our roads.
  • Founder of the North I25 Electeds and US287 Coalitions, which advocated for funds to expand the interstate and seek collaboration with the communities along highway corridor s
  • City liaison for the Loveland Housing Authority
  • Council liaison to the City Transportation Advisory Board.
  • Representative to the Colorado Municipal League, a statewide organization charged with proposing, reviewing and acting on (for or against) legislation that would impact our communities.
  • Served on several economic development-based committees.

Other Experience:

  • Nonprofit financial and business manager working for several organizations that addressed issues in higher education, environmental quality and resource management, arts and culture, mental health services, and technology.
  • In 2006, Ms. Shafer established her own Loveland-based public relations firm providing services to nonprofits and community organizations across the state.
  • In 2007, Ms. Shaffer was the lead organizer for the successful citizen’s ballot initiative that brought campaign finance reform to City of Loveland elections, passing with the support of nearly 70 percent of the voters.

Community Service:

  • Ms. Shafer says that she values volunteerism and has applied my professional expertise in the service of promoting arts and culture, health care services, agriculture and the environment.  She continues to serve on nonprofit boards working to create robust multimodal statewide transportation systems, including commuter/passenger rail throughout the Rocky Mountain Front Range.

Hugh McKean (R) - Incumbent


Mr. McKean has lived in Loveland for over twenty years with his wife, Kristin.  Eight years ago, Hugh took time from his family and contracting business to serve on the Loveland city council.  Then, in 2016 Mr. McKean was elected to represent Colorado House District 51.  In his first legislative session,  he sponsored a number of bills, including bills to expand Interstate 25 in northern Colorado, help County governments in their flood recovery efforts, and make necessary corrections to statute concerning County Sheriff training requirements.  One of the highlights of the session was co-sponsorship of HB1248 making available $90 million in loans for the Chimney Hollow Reservoir as part of the Windy Gap Firming Project, a vital water infrastructure project that will ensure water security for generations of Front Range Coloradans.  

  • Information on Hugh McKean (summarized from his website)