Election 2021: Littleton City Council pool finalized

Voters will elect four members in fall balloting

Shanna Maxcy
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 8/29/21

Voters in Littleton will elect a mayor and three other members of the city council in November. This election will mark the first time in many years that citizens will directly elect the city's …

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Election 2021: Littleton City Council pool finalized

Voters will elect four members in fall balloting

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Voters in Littleton will elect a mayor and three other members of the city council in November.

This election will mark the first time in many years that citizens will directly elect the city's mayor.

Seats up for election include mayor, District 1, District 3 and at-large. All will be four-year terms.

In 2020, Littleton voters approved Ballot Question 3A, which allows citizens to vote directly for the Littleton's mayor. The mayor's role will not change, however. Mayors will still preside over council meetings, and will remain one of seven equal votes on city council.

Three candidates are running for mayor: Kyle Schlachter, Jon Buck and Carol Fey.

Schlachter served as an at-large Littleton City Council member from 2017 to 2019. He narrowly lost his re-election campaign.

Buck, a former pastor, serves on Littleton's Transportation & Mobility Advisory Board and heads HopeCycle, a nonprofit community bicycle shop based in Englewood.

Fey currently serves as the District 3 representative on council, elected in 2017.

In District 1, incumbent Patrick Driscoll is being challenged by Candice Ferguson. Ferguson ran in the Democratic primary for Colorado House District 38 in 2020, a contest won by eventual general-election winner David Ortiz.

Stephen Barr and Paul Bingham are running for the council seat in District 3.

Barr currently serves on the city's Next Generation Advisory Board committee. Bingham is a longtime city council watchdog and can often be heard giving public comment at council meetings.

Carolyn Wolvin, the vice chair of Littleton's Board of Adjustment, was in the running for the District 3 seat, but she withdrew from the race Aug. 4.

Two candidates, Krista Kafer and Gretchen Rydin, are running for the at-large council seat.

Kafer is a Denver Post opinion columnist, adjunct professor and longtime fixture in conservative think tanks. Rydin is a therapist and social worker specializing in trauma and addiction.

The 2021 election will be held Nov. 2 and coordinated with Arapahoe, Douglas, and Jefferson counties. Council terms will begin Nov. 16, the second Tuesday following the election.

City council meets regularly on the first and third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m.

To see the candidate affidavits, go to littletongov.org, click on “City Services,” then on “2021 Election Information,” then on “2021 City Council Candidates.”

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