Pediatric nurse joins race for city council

Kelly Milliman, 53, hopes to focus on open space, business community


Pediatric nurse Kelly Milliman announced her candidacy for the District 4 seat on city council this fall.

Milliman, 53, has worked as a pediatric nurse at Children’s Hospital since 2007. She holds a marketing degree from Louisiana State University, and a nursing degree from Arapahoe Community College.

Milliman and her family moved to Littleton in 2001. She and her husband have two children, both of whom graduated from Heritage High School and now attend college in California.

Milliman said she first took an interest in city council in the 2000s, amid a controversy over whether to build a Walmart on the Ensor property, a large tract of undeveloped land along Santa Fe Drive.

“I saw the energy and passion of citizens,” Milliman said. “I thought, this is a cool city. People are concerned for its future.”

Milliman is a 2018 graduate of the Littleton Leadership Academy, a civic affairs education program led by former mayor Susan Thornton. Two other academy graduates, Karina Elrod and Kyle Schlachter, were elected to city council in 2017.

If elected, Milliman said she hopes to focus on preserving and enhancing open space.

“Anything that helps nurture the souls of our citizens,” Milliman said. “We can’t all go float down a river for days, but we can tube the South Platte River or take a bike ride on the High Line Canal. We’re blessed to have those amenities, and I want to make sure they stay the best.”

Milliman also said she hopes to work closely with Littleton’s business community.

Milliman said she hopes to better understand the needs of District 4, which covers Littleton’s southwest quadrant, and includes the Ensor property, where a pair of development groups plan to build sprawling residential and commercial projects.

“I can’t put my finger on any one particular issue in District 4, but I want to hear residents’ concerns,” Milliman said. “Anything that’s done will impact all of the districts. Traffic would be one issue, as would redevelopment of existing infrastructure.”

Milliman will face off against Next Generation Advisory Committee chairperson Iftin Abshir for the District 4 seat. The seat is currently held by Mayor Debbie Brinkman, who is term-limited.

A total of four seats are up for grabs on city council this fall.


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