Jessica Mendes Ford: Candidate for Littleton City Council, at-large

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Occupation: Guest teacher at Littleton Public Schools, web content writer

Contact information: info@jessicaforlittleton.com, jessicaforlittleton.com 

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Candidate profile:  Writer, teacher announces council run, Aug. 19

Why are you seeking this office?

I’m running for city council because I want to help shape Littleton’s progress toward a brighter future for everyone who lives in the city. I want to hear from residents about their concerns and hopes for Littleton, and I want to represent their voices in city council decision-making.

What makes you the best person for the job?

My experience as a teacher and a writer makes me an excellent candidate for a city council job. I’m a skilled researcher, and I’m confident I can read and analyze the city council packets to make informed decisions about issues as well as answer questions from residents.

If elected, what would your approach be to growth and development in the city?

Littleton’s future will be defined by redevelopment. As residents, we deserve a thoughtful, responsible, and sustainable growth and development plan that preserves Littleton’s character while improving our quality of life. If elected to city council, my approach to future development will be to seek feedback on proposals from all stakeholders, research the short- and long-term impacts of new development projects, and collaborate with other councilmembers and city staff to engage and educate residents in the process. As an elected member of the city council, I’ll strive to make decisions that will lead to the best possible outcomes for Littleton residents.

What can be done to alleviate traffic congestion in the city?

Traffic congestion in Littleton will remain a problem until we shift our focus from personal vehicles to alternative modes of transportation. The city government should support initiatives to improve access and availability of public transportation options such as buses and light rail. In addition to public transit, the city should prioritize the creation of more and safer bike lanes to encourage commuter cycling. Finally, city support of incentives for carpooling and ride-sharing would help alleviate traffic congestion on our roads.

What else do you want voters to know about you and your approach to city governance?

I believe city government exists to serve the residents’ needs. But, in the words of Cecil Palmer: “Belief is only step one. Action is step two. Fighting for what you believe is step two. Solidarity is step two. Unity is step two.” In running for office, I’m taking step two.

  • An interview with Jessica Mendes Ford

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