Trailmark resident James Dean is taking on two incumbents and another challenger for the two at-large Littleton City Council seats up for grabs.
“I feel very disconnected and abandoned by the city,” he said in an email to the Littleton Independent. “Living in Trailmark, we have waited 10-plus years to get a promised emergency response center located near us.”
Dean is far from a rebel without a cause.
“I have felt somewhat frustrated by what I have seen on the local and national levels of government,” he said, citing partisanship and stalled legislation as examples. He’d like to make Littleton friendlier to business by lowering taxes — he’s opposed to the lodging tax that will be on the ballot in November — and offering certain incentives to bring jobs and revenue.
“I’d help all citizens feel a sense of belonging and of responsibility, not exclusion because of where you live or what you look like,” he said.
Dean has a master’s degree in communications and broadcast journalism from Brigham Young University, and he worked as a television sports anchor in Wisconsin from 1999 until 2002. Since then, he’s worked in the medical sales industry.
Today he owns Colorado Care Rehab Inc., which sells orthopedic medical devices. He and his wife, Mindy, have lived in Littleton since June 2003. They have six kids, the oldest two of which just started college.
“We believe in hard work and giving back to the community,” he said. “We believe we all have a duty to each other in our family, to our God and to our fellow man. These were the principles that my parents taught me growing up in Anchorage, Alaska, and now Mindy and I are trying to pass those same principles on to our children.”
A political newcomer, Dean says he doesn’t really know any of the current councilors.
“I hope that they are trying to do the right things for the right reasons, but I am concerned about our future,” he said. “It is not possible to tax our way to prosperity, nor is it right.”
Election Day is Nov. 5, but mail-in ballots start going out Oct. 15.
Councilors Bruce Beckman and Bruce Stahlman both want to retain their at-large seats but are being challenged by newcomers Dean and John Watson. Nobody stepped up to challenge Councilor Phil Cernanec in District 3, and Randy Stein is the only person running to replace the term-limited Councilor Jim Taylor in District 1.