Littleton City Councilmember Kyle Schlachter will seek reelection to his at-large seat on council this fall. Schlachter, 38, was elected to a two-year term in 2017. Schlachter is the outreach …
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Littleton City Councilmember Kyle Schlachter will seek reelection to his at-large seat on council this fall. Schlachter, 38, was elected to a two-year term in 2017.
Schlachter is the outreach coordinator for the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board, which promotes Colorado wineries.
He holds a bachelor's degree in environmental science from the University of Denver, and a master's degree in geography from the University of Tennessee. He is the father of two young children.
Schlachter moved to Littleton 11 years ago, he said, and became interested in local politics because he felt city council lacked input from younger generations. He was appointed to the city's urban renewal board, or LIFT, in 2015.
Schlachter said during his time on council he's proud of spearheading the Next Generation Advisory Committee, which seeks feedback on city issues from a panel of young people. The group's chairperson, Iftin Abshir, is running for city council in District 4.
“It's hugely important to hear from that group of citizens,” Schlachter said of the group. “Getting them involved in the slightest bit is a big step.”
Schlachter also said he's proud of “keeping the comprehensive plan moving along.”
City council is engaged in a long-term process to revamp the city's comprehensive plan, which guides planning efforts.
“It's a significant document and process for the city,” Schlachter said. “I want to see that through — we've got heavy lifts in the future, implementing policy suggestions and actions.”
Schlachter said if he is reelected, he would like to spearhead a sustainability committee that would discuss environmental issues, and would like to help develop a historic district centered around the “mid-century modern”-style buildings of Littleton Boulevard west of Broadway.
“People care about the history of Littleton, but we need to make sure that history is part of our future, too,” Schlachter said.
Schlachter also said he's proud to have contributed to what he calls a period of harmony on city council.
“I'm happy we've gotten along and been able to work smoothly,” Schlachter said. “I've heard from citizens that that's a welcome change.”
Two at-large seats are up for grabs on city council this fall. Aside from Schlachter's seat, councilmember Peggy Cole is term-limited. A total of four seats will see elections in November.
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