Erin Hottenstein for City Council Fort Collins

Erin will be a great asset to the council and the city. She’s solid, grounded in the community, works well with others, and will contribute to the discussions on policy issues that are important to our community.

Peggy Reeves
Former state senator

Why I'm running for Fort Collins City Council, District 4

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I have lived in Fort Collins for 20 years with my family. We are happy to be raising our kids in this wonderful city. I am a leader who builds community, loves to listen, and get things done. I am running for City Council because I want to solve problems for as many people as possible.

What makes me stand out is my ability to hit the ground running. As a former nationally award-winning journalist, I covered three different city councils, along with government at every level. I am skilled at asking questions, understanding and explaining complex issues, and being in an oversight role. 

As a board president, I led governance and policy changes by doing extensive engagement with constituents.

As the founder of Colorado 50-50, I work to inspire women of different races, classes, ages, and abilities to run for office.

The competitive Water Literate Leaders program gave me a deep and broad foundation into water law, an ongoing issue which this city faces. Currently, I am participating on the Larimer Workforce Development Board and in the Chamber’s Change Leadership program.

With all the challenges facing Fort Collins – economic recovery from COVID-19, housing affordability, air and water quality issues, and quality of life – we need someone with proven leadership experience and excellent communications skills. 


I have been active as a leader in the community – serving on the Compass advisory committee for the Health District for two years, fundraising for various groups, and serving as president on a board of trustees for two years.


I do my research, synthesize information, and find solutions. Currently, I am a coach and corporate trainer in the areas of presentation skills, improving communication through understanding personality styles, and goal achievement.


You can count on me to represent you. We are all neighbors and we all want Fort Collins to thrive. I will be an ambassador, listen to your concerns, and bring those into council discussions.

Listen to Erin on Word of Mom Radio from August, 2019 as she discusses gender parity in elected office and on boards and commissions.

“We support Erin because of the many ways she has demonstrated her leadership and her longtime dedication to making northern Colorado a better community.”

Bob Bacon, former state senator
Bev Schmitt, political activist

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Her wealth of experience covering all levels of government as a journalist, her drive to bring gender parity to elected positions throughout the state, which led her to start Colorado 50-50, her willingness to really listen and work for her constituents, and her experience running a family-owned small business make Erin a strong candidate. Help bring her leadership to Fort Collins City Council.