Kama Suddath moved to Littleton as a child in 1980, moved away after high school, and returned nine years ago. She is a public health nurse for Tri-County Health Department and was previously an attorney. She has bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and political science, a BSN in nursing from Regis University and a JD from the University of Denver.
Campaign website: ElectKama4Council.com
Why do you want to serve on the Littleton City Council?
I have lived in Littleton for most of my life. I have seen the changes and the growth and decided to run for office to be a part of the solution. I’d like to see a vision and a plan for our community. I’d like to continue the excellence of our schools and open spaces and retain Littleton’s historical character. I want to be a fresh face on city council with new ideas. I believe my experience as both an attorney and a nurse will help me work with current city council and listen to the citizens we serve.
What would your approach be to managing growth and development in the city, if elected?
We need to come up with a plan. We need a vision looking forward to the next 10-20 years and where we would like our city to conserve and where we want it to expand in a manner that doesn’t overburden roads, schools and resources. I would open this process up to citizens to develop this plan, review ordinances and zoning laws and update the policies to reflect this shared vision.
Amid rising housing prices, what can city council do to ensure young families are not priced out of the city?
As a nurse, I work with many young people pushed out of the downtown area by rising costs. We need to attract new jobs and businesses as a part of our plan. Council needs to attract a new generation who love the city as we do. I will fight as a council member to attract millennials with new jobs and work to see what options are available as council works to maintain a city that everyone can afford.
What can city council to do improve traffic flow in Littleton?
Council needs to partner with neighboring communities, CDOT, and RTD in order to plan and fund roads to improve the current traffic, especially down Broadway and Santa Fe, but we also need better, more integrated public transit options. We need better bus routes, options to connect to the light rail, parking for commuters, and bike lanes. Encouraging public transit, providing better options and developing partnerships with our neighbors are all a part of the solution.
What two issues need more attention than the current city council has given them?
The two issues I got into the race to help solve include growth and transportation. For too long we have addressed growth as a parcel by parcel decision. We need a strategic plan and I will push for that process to start immediately.
On transportation, people need more and better options. We need a way to connect citizens to light rail for access to downtown and events. We need to encourage and provide bike lanes and carpool lanes. We need safe and updated roads. And we need to plan the road access to all the growth occurring in our area.