Special Municipal Election 2021 Information

The Town of Severance will hold a Special Municipal Election on September 7, 2021, via mail-in ballot, in order to determine the next Mayor as well as ratify the proposed Home Rule Charter. 

Home Rule Charter

The Town of Severance passed legislation in April of 2020 to move forward with the Home Rule process. Over the course of the next few months, Town Staff, as well as Commissioners elected and appointed from the public, created a charter. If you would like to view this charter please click HERE.

Mayoral Candidates


Stephen Gagliardi:

Dear Residents of Severance Colorado,

I am Stephen Gagliardi and I am running for Mayor. Our small town’s sense of community and neighborly attitude have made Severance a great place to live for the past 15 years. My wife and I would not want to raise our son anywhere else. In the last few years Severance has seen rapid growth and that growth is what motivated me to become involved in our town’s government.

I currently work for the Weld County RE-4 School District as the Enterprise Technology Manager. I have helped plan and build Range View Elementary, Severance Middle School and Severance High School. My career in public education has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. I have been a small business owner. I have served on the Severance Town Planning Commission and won a general election as Trustee. I was appointed to Mayor Pro-tem and when our Mayor elect resigned, I became the acting Mayor. My goal as Trustee and now acting Mayor is to balance our small-town way of life with the needs of our rapidly growing community.

As Trustee my primary areas of focus are to responsibly manage growth, attract business, and keep our small-town roots firmly planted in the soil around us: Building roads, water infrastructure, trail systems, and attracting high technology position our town for the future. Attracting the right businesses and services will create the tax revenue and convenience our towns people are asking for. Creating trail systems, building open space projects, and working with farmers and ranchers to keep our roots firmly planted in agriculture are why I want to be Mayor. I will work tirelessly as Mayor to keep our small-town feeling, with Big city amenities.

Involvement, hard work and thoughtful planning are what will keep Severance a great place to live. It is my vision for Severance to remain a small town and offer a place to work, live and play. Great People, Great Living and Wide Open Spaces. If you want to know more about our town or me please check out my website at https://www.gagliardiforseverance.com/

Thank you for your time, support, and attention,

Stephen Gagliardi Severance, CO

Matt Fries

Matt Fries:

Northern Colorado has been my home for 53 years.  Nearly 4 years ago, my wife and I moved to Severance so our horses could live where we live along with our “senior” basset hound and now our newly adopted rescue hound. Our adult children and four grandchildren love visiting our community. Severance is truly a wonderful community with great people and a quality of life worth fighting for.

Not long after making Severance our home, I responded to a post card asking for volunteers to sit on the Planning Commission.  I am currently the Chair of the Planning Commission.   Planning issues will continue to be vital to our Town’s future, such as attracting and establishing a commercial tax base to support our desired infrastructure, recreation, services and public safety.  I am well equipped to work with new businesses.

I am currently the Chair of the Home Rule Charter Commission. Our commission, under my leadership, created and submitted a proposed home rule charter months ahead of schedule and under budget.  The voters of Severance get the final approval on September 7 in a special election along with your opportunity to vote for me for mayor!

We need well planned, responsible growth managed and guided by leaders with proven leadership skills. We need experience and these skills now, today. While change is inevitable, I believe we should maintain our agricultural and rural heritage.  This will require real vision and real leadership.  All property rights should be considered equally and fairly. Strong leadership, Not dictatorship.

I have over 30 years of real life experience in owning and operating small businesses.  A small business owner is faced with balancing employee’s needs and desires, customer expectations, and making sure there is some money left over to feed their own family every day. My wife and I currently own a document storage and secure shredding company.  Additionally, I am a financial professional helping small businesses and families establish and meet financial goals.  Along the way I have set aside time and served on well over a dozen community and non-profit committees, boards and commissions.  I believe a successful community is an involved community and I lead by example. 

 Town of Severance, I ask for your vote.  I will work humbly and efficiently for you and your family. I will lead our community into the future with small town values, a big heart and smart mind.

If you would like to learn more please visit www.severancematt.com