Election 2021: Kyle Schlachter seeks to pick up as Littleton mayor where he left off on council

Former at-large councilmember said he has experience, drive

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Kyle Schlachter is ready to pick up where he left off. 
 
A former at-large member of Littleton City Council, Schlachter served two years from 2017 to 2019 and narrowly lost his re-election bid. But it hasn't kept him from being eager to return to the table of city governance, being the first to announce his bid for mayor earlier this year. 
 
“I feel like I have the most applicable experience of all the candidates in the race,” said Schlachter, who has lived in Littleton for 12 years. “And I feel like my values and visions for the community are very reflective of the Littleton I see, being a welcoming and inclusive community, and open to different thoughts and ideas.” 
 
Schlachter said he wants to continue the work he started on council, such as the Next Generation Advisory Committee, which is made up of 15 people between the ages of 16 and 36 who live, work or attend school in Littleton. The committee's goal is to serve as a recommending body for council decisions that impact the attraction and retention of younger people in Littleton. 
 
Schlacter said the committee is an important step towards getting more young people involved in city life, something he noticed was lacking when he first decided to run for a council seat. 
 
“I thought this was a good opportunity that we could hear from people,” he said. “So I would want to keep pushing efforts to get as many people involved, not just young people, but people of all ages and backgrounds.” 
 
He also wants to see a more accessible Littleton when it comes to how people get around the city. 
 
“I would like to see Littleton become more walkable, more bikeable, more accessible to transit,” he said. 
 
Schlachter said he would like to see sidewalks widened, not just for people like him who are unable to walk side-by-side with their children, but also for people pushing strollers or who use wheelchairs. 
 
Environmental sustainability is another key issue for Schlachter, who while on council voted for a biogas capturing system for the sewage treatment plant that Littleton co-owns with Englewood.
 
For the past two years, pollutants such as carbon dioxide and sulfides that are released from the plant have been cleaned, and the methane injected into an Xcel Energy pipeline, where it is used to heat homes and produce power. It is the first system of its kind in Colorado. 
 
“That is generating revenue for the city,” Schlachter said. “It's a financial win and an environmental sustainability win for the community. And so I think we can look at other options that we have for making the city more environmentally friendly and sustainable.”
 
Schlachter also said he is running on a promise to bring a respectful voice to council. While he said he has focused on a positive campaign, Schlachter has, prior to his campaign, been critical of his opponent, incumbent councilmember Carol Fey. 
 
In February, Schlachter called for Fey's resignation after she refused to comment on a sales tax increase proposal. 
 
He said he would bring a more open-minded and inclusive approach as a councilmember and mayor, something he believes he has already shown during his initial tenure on council. 
 
“I want our council to reflect the values of all of our community members here, not just the community members who are here right now, but those who may come to visit,” he said. “Littleton has a history of being a welcoming community … and I think that's an important philosophy to have as the leader of the city.”

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