Littleton Mayor Pro Tem Jerry Valdes will seek reelection in District 2, the city’s northeast quadrant, this fall. Valdes was first elected to council in 2011 and is nearing the end of his second …
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Littleton Mayor Pro Tem Jerry Valdes will seek reelection in District 2, the city’s northeast quadrant, this fall.
Valdes was first elected to council in 2011 and is nearing the end of his second term. Littleton city councilmembers are limited to three terms.
Valdes, 63, recently retired after a career in residential and commercial property management. He is married with two grown daughters and a grandson.
Valdes holds a bachelor’s degree in small business management from the University of Northern Colorado.
Valdes has a long history with Littleton city government, having previously served on the Planning Commission, with part of that time as chairman. He also served on the city’s Board of Adjustment, and on the board of the Littleton Housing Authority, which later became South Metro Housing Options.
Valdes said he is proud of pushing for new crosswalks on Littleton Boulevard near Broadway, and helping “to stabilize the reputation of Littleton and city leadership, and being a big part of council showing a respectful working relationship.”
“It hasn’t always been that way,” Valdes said.
Valdes said if reelected, he hopes to keep momentum rolling on the city’s new Comprehensive Plan and Transportation Master Plan, which seek to shape development in the city over the next 20 years. While the plans are expected to be ratified in October, council plans to use them to revise city land use codes in 2020.
“What’s happened in the past is you get new councilmembers, and they want to focus on their own new goals and objectives, and the important work of the previous council never gets completed,” Valdes said.
Valdes said he’d also like to resume working on regulations for short-term rentals in Littleton. A proposed short-term rental ordinance failed in January, with Valdes one of four votes against it.
Valdes said he would also like to keep a focus on upgrading city roads and streets.
“We don’t have a tremendous amount of money (for road repairs), but at least we have a plan,” Valdes said.
Littleton’s city council has been functioning at a high level, Valdes said, and he hopes to “keep going in the right direction.”
“Things are working well,” Valdes said. “At least we’re civil.”
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