Littleton Election 2019
District 2 candidates
District 4 candidates
Jessica Mendes Ford
Occupation: Digital content creator
Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org, Iftin4Littleton.com
Candidate profile : Next Gen committee chair announces council run, Aug. 11
Why are you seeking this office?
Littleton is currently at a crossroads, and I could not stand idly by and let things just happen around me without attempting to improve our hometown. I want to make Littleton the best it can be, not just for the future, but for current residents as well!
What makes you the best person for the job?
I’m smart, well informed, enthusiastic, organized, will do my research on all issues, and I have the energy and time necessary to devote to the complexities of local government. Additionally, my extensive educational background and work for an environmental nonprofit has prepared me to navigate important public/private partnerships for Littleton.
If elected, what would your approach be to growth and development in the city?
Growth and development are not the enemies, if they’re managed correctly. Finding alternatives to cookie-cutter development and keeping the historic character of what brought people to Littleton for over 100 years while still allowing for change is a difficult balance to strike. As a councilmember, I would encourage thoughtful and inclusive development that ensures visiting industries support our local workers and invest in our infrastructure while giving residents a meaningful voice in determining the future. Also, it is important that new and re-development prioritizes open space, employs natural landscaping and green building technologies, and preserves Littleton’s diminishing mature tree canopy.
What can be done to alleviate traffic congestion in the city?
Traffic congestion affects our residents in a variety of ways, from increased stress and daily travel costs to the quality of air we all breathe. I live at Mineral and Santa Fe, so I understand the traffic congestion the residents face — it is a daily reality for me. Small, cost effective solutions could be the best alternatives — such as a study to improve light timing and, where appropriate, increasing the length of turn lanes. I believe with Littleton’s proposed Transportation Master Plan we need policies that promote and support ride-sharing options and green transportation alternatives within the city.
What else do you want voters to know about you and your approach to city governance?
Meeting your elected representatives should be easy and convenient. I believe city government should be transparent, easily accessible, and inclusive to all. That’s why I pledge to bring back the District 4 meetings. If you would like to set up a one-on-one meeting please reach out through my website, Iftin4Littleton.com.
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