Fey announces run for Littleton mayor

District 3 representative cites community character, traffic congestion as focus

David Gilbert
dgilbert@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 7/2/21

Littleton City Councilmember Carol Fey announced her candidacy for this fall’s mayoral race, which will mark the first time in many years that citizens will directly elect the city’s mayor. Fey, …

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Fey announces run for Littleton mayor

District 3 representative cites community character, traffic congestion as focus

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Littleton City Councilmember Carol Fey announced her candidacy for this fall’s mayoral race, which will mark the first time in many years that citizens will directly elect the city’s mayor.

Fey, 72, was elected in 2017 to a four-year term representing District 3, the city’s southeast quadrant.

Voters overwhelmingly approved Ballot Question 3A in 2020, which allows citizens to vote directly for Littleton’s mayor. The mayor’s role will not change, however. Mayors will still preside over meetings, but will remain one of seven equal votes on city council.

Fey said she is eager to bring a citizen-focused approach to the mayor’s seat, citing her practice of holding community meetings that bring together city officials and residents in her district.

“I love to get things done for people (fix potholes), run informative and fun meetings (regular district 3 citizen meetings), and bring government closer to the people it serves,” Fey wrote in an email. “I have enjoyed a productive four years on Council and am eager to take my passion for public service to the next level as mayor of the city I call home. ”

Fey cited protecting community character and addressing traffic congestion as big issues for the next mayor.

“As mayor I’ll keep us all focused on accomplishments both big and small to ensure our citizens get the quality government services they deserve — good roads, safe neighborhoods and affordable housing solutions that work for everyone,” Fey wrote.

Fey called housing affordability a “challenge for Littleton,” and said she will focus on defining affordability and gathering data “for how much housing is realistically needed, what land is available, and where will the money come from to pay for it.”

Fey said she is supportive of a proposed ballot measure that could raise the city’s sales tax rate to address looming shortages in the capital projects fund, which pays for infrastructure, technology and vehicles.

“Like with a household budget, the city has expenses that didn’t exist before—computers in police vehicles, cybersecurity for city offices, and $98 million of deferred maintenance such as crumbling streets and new roofs for old buildings,” she wrote. “The recent city budget cuts won’t be enough to make up the difference... Though I am very reluctant to raise our sales tax rate, right now I am not seeing any viable alternatives to fix the problem.”

Fey cited her work on the Tri-Cities Homelessness Policy Group as an accomplishment of her term on city council, saying she was moved by meeting people experiencing homelessness. She said the group, consisting of officials from Littleton, Englewood and Sheridan, has begun successfully identifying and coordinating services and is spearheading ongoing efforts including a forthcoming resource center in Englewood.

Fey also cited her work on the High Line Canal Working Group, which has identified more than 100 improvement and cleanup projects along the canal’s 71-mile length.

She also said she has helped coordinate between citizens and the city’s public works department to arrange pothole repairs throughout District 3.

Fey moved to Littleton from Minneapolis in the late 1980s to work as a sales manager for the Honeywell corporation. She owns a company that produces and sells training manuals for HVAC and electrical technicians. She has two grown children who attended Littleton Public Schools.

She can be reached for questions at 303-795-9350 or carol@carolfey.com. Her campaign website is carolfey4littleton.com.

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