Fine Arts Board chair announces council run

Kate Eckel plans to focus on thoughtful development, fiscal responsibility

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Littleton Fine Arts Board chair Kate Eckel announced a bid for the District 2 seat on Littleton City Council this fall. The seat is currently held by Mayor Pro Tem Jerry Valdes, who is seeking reelection.

District 2 covers the city's northeast quadrant, and includes Littleton High School, Progress Park, and stretches of Broadway and Littleton Boulevard.

Eckel, 55, is the director of human resources for Critical Mass Industries, according to a news release, which operates the Good Meds medical marijuana dispensaries in Lakewood and unincorporated Arapahoe County.

Eckel, originally from Omaha, Nebraska said she brings “wholesome, Midwestern values to Littleton; honesty, hard work and a strong sense of community.”

Eckel said she became interested in running for council while serving on the Envision Littleton Community Coordinating Committee, a citizens' group that provides feedback on the city's forthcoming Comprehensive Plan update.

Eckel said her campaign will focus on “thoughtful development.”

“What do we want to be?” Eckel said. “What do we want to look like? I don't want us to sign off to any developer that comes along.”

District 2 is evolving, Eckel said.

“My district is trending younger and demographics are becoming more mixed,” Eckel said. “I want to have an opportunity to speak on their behalf.”

Working in human resources for a variety of small companies has given her an ability to hear out both sides of an issue and appreciate the challenges faced by small business, Eckel said.

Eckel also said she will focus on fiscal responsibility and community safety.

Eckel holds a bachelor's degree from Creighton University and a master's degree from the University of Nebraska.

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