Wolvin, appeals-board member, withdraws from City Council race

Says she wants Littleton council to be responsible with federal money

David Gilbert
dgilbert@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 7/26/21

Carolyn Wolvin, the vice chair of Littleton’s Board of Adjustment, has announced her candidacy for the District 3 seat on city council. The seat, representing Littleton’s southeast quadrant, is …

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Wolvin, appeals-board member, withdraws from City Council race

Says she wants Littleton council to be responsible with federal money

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EDITOR'S NOTE:  Wolvin withdrew from the City Council race effective Aug. 4.  What follows is an earlier version of this article regarding her candidacy. 

Carolyn Wolvin, the vice chair of Littleton’s Board of Adjustment, has announced her candidacy for the District 3 seat on city council.

The seat, representing Littleton’s southeast quadrant, is open in this November’s election as its current representative, Carol Fey, is running for mayor.

“I really love the community of Littleton, and the only way to make sure keep things going in a good direction is to step up and get involved,” Wolvin told city council during an interview after she applied to fill a council vacancy in May.

Wolvin, 63, filed paperwork with the city to run for council on June 29, according to city records. Colorado Community Media sent her a candidate questionnaire in early July, which she initially agreed to complete, but a week later she told a reporter not to write a profile of her as she planned to drop out of the council race.

By July 22, however, she had not withdrawn, telling Colorado Community Media she decided to stay in the race but that her job as an HVAC salesperson left her too busy to respond to the candidate questionnaire.

Wolvin was one of eight applicants to fill a vacant at-large seat on city council in May. Council ultimately selected Mark Rudnicki to take the place of outgoing Councilmember Karina Elrod.

Wolvin told council in May she hoped to bring her experience from the Board of Adjustment to council. The board has the authority to grant zoning variances, allow land uses permitted by exception and hear appeals on administrative staff decisions. Wolvin was appointed to a four-year term on the board in 2020.

She also told council she hopes to bring her professional experience to council, saying working in the HVAC industry involves working closely with city code requirements.

Wolvin told council during the May interview that she sees the big issues facing Littleton as “probably budgeting and how to make ends meet, and it probably also is being respectful of any money coming in from the federal government, to make sure that money is used intelligently, properly, and not committing that to a long-term budget, because it’s not a long-term amount of money.”

She said she supports a proposed ballot measure to raise sales taxes in Littleton from 3% to 3.5%, saying “it’s such a minuscule amount.”

“It doesn’t seem like it would be a big hurdle,” Wolvin said. “I do think taxes need to go up a little bit because there are a lot of things that need to be done in Littleton. My street is rubble.”

Asked about the Unified Land Use Code, Littleton’s in-progress overhaul of land use codes, Wolvin told council, “My current understanding is you’ve gotten a lot of input over time to know, from the people who live here in Littleton, about some of their expectations about what they’d like to see. You’ve got things where water has changed coming into Littleton, so there’s some little ponds and things that aren’t getting more water like they used to, and you’re trying to be more organized so that you’ve got blocks of areas that have uniform codes instead of having random little things that don’t make sense because it’s not consistent.”

Asked if she had any particular causes she hoped to champion as a councilmember, Wolvin told council in May she wasn’t sure yet.

Wolvin got her start in politics in fall 2020 as part of a campaign to recall Gov. Jared Polis in response to what she called overreaching COVID-related mandates, according to an article in the Villager newspaper.

“Masks are required,” Wolvin told a Villager reporter in response to a question about restrictions in churches. “I think they’re ridiculous. What do they really do? We should choose whether to social distance or wear masks, one or the other. They should make up their minds.”

Wolvin deleted her Twitter account and hid or deleted dozens of posts on her Facebook account, including many skeptical of COVID-19 vaccines, in the days after Colorado Community Media sent her a candidate questionnaire. In one post, to the page of the right-wing group FEC United, Wolvin called for Colorado to join a “convention of states,” apparently referring to a movement with the goal of passing amendments to the U.S. Constitution to impose restraints on the power and jurisdiction of the federal government.

Wolvin does not list a campaign website on her candidate affidavit. Her email address is carolynwolvinforlittleton@gmail.com.

EDITOR'S NOTE:  Wolvin withdrew from the City Council race effective Aug. 4.  This is an earlier version of this article regarding her candidacy. 

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