Schlachter to seek re-election to council

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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.

Q&A

Why are you seeking this office?
 
As a father of two young kids, I care deeply about our community’s future. Littleton deserves leadership that listens to its residents, understands our values, and has the vision to maintain the historic character of the city while adapting to the modern, metropolitan, and inclusive society in which we live.
 
What makes you the best person for the job?
 
During the past two years that I’ve served on city council, we’ve accomplished a lot to steer Littleton in a positive direction. I will continue to lead by example, to bring innovative and creative ideas for the future, and an urgency to preserving the important historic character of our community.
 
If elected, what would your approach be to growth and development in the city?
 
I will work toward responsible and community-minded development that provides good jobs, great housing and exciting places to eat, shop and play. A mix of housing options provides cultural, economic, environmental, and social benefits to Littleton’s commercial corridors. We need more opportunities for people, younger and older, to find housing they can afford, that meets their current and future needs. Helping our neighborhoods thrive will help business thrive, too. Commercial activity is the lifeblood of our city. Finally, we need to protect the historic character of Littleton. Historic places provide the distinctiveness and character that make Littleton unique and successful.
 
What can be done to alleviate traffic congestion in the city?
 
We need to set policies that fix our deteriorating roads and reduce congestion. This includes building infrastructure that resembles a city of the future. Reclaiming Littleton’s streets and making them more amenable to pedestrian, bicycle, and transit use can help neighborhoods feel alive and safe. Local businesses thrive in neighborhoods where the streets and sidewalks are full of activity, day and evening. We need to create more, better and safer transportation options for people of all ages.
 
What else do you want voters to know about you and your approach to city governance?
 
City council is a place for positive, open-minded, forward-thinking attitudes. I’ve shown I respect others’ ideas and will listen to all opinions. As community leaders, it is important council focuses on policy and allows the city manager and staff to properly and professionally manage the administration of those policies.
 

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