“I will work hard to represent you and I ask for your vote.”
- Erin Hottenstein

I’m excited to put my experience as a small-business owner, community volunteer, and parent to work for the betterment of my district and all of Fort Collins, where I’ve lived for more than 20 years.

The Issues

COVID-19 Response & Economic Recovery

The most important issue facing our community right now is the response to COVID-19. Businesses have been hit hard, facing severe revenue losses and even imminent closure. As a small business owner, I understand these issues on a very personal level.

Why Erin?

Erin visits City Hall to submit her District 4 City Council candidacy paperwork

My experience as a small business owner — and a mom of school-aged kids — means that I truly understand the impact of the pandemic on our city. Fort Collins City Council administers millions of dollars in CARES Act funding to help folks cope with the COVID-19 crisis. I will work tirelessly to ensure the CARES funding has the broadest impact possible for businesses and families.

Affordable Housing

Affordable housing is an ongoing challenge for Fort Collins. The city recently undertook an Equity Indicators project, which identified race-based equity concerns both in homelessness and homeownership. As your City Councilperson, I look forward to working to make Fort Collins a community where people of all races and income levels can live and thrive.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Four women speakers facing an audience
Erin presenting about Colorado 50/50, which she founded.

I believe strongly in the dignity and worth of all people, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, religion, age, ability, or country of origin. There is no “us” and “them.” When Black, Indigenous, People of Color – or any other group of our neighbors – is not thriving, those negative effects ripple out and affect us all. I am dedicated to following up with concrete policy changes to address disparities.

Environmental Sustainability

Erin at one of the beautiful parks in Fort Collins

Fort Collins is not meeting its annual targets on climate action. Last summer’s wildfires were a potent reminder of how crucial it is that we press forward, using science and evidenced-based approaches, to guide us in meeting those environmental goals. We are the stewards of this land, and must keep Colorado healthy, liveable, and beautiful.


Colorado 50/50

Bringing Women's Voices to the Table

Erin Hottenstein is the founder of Colorado 50-50, a non-partisan group that encourages women to serve on boards, commissions, and in elected office. Elected women officials have shared their experiences and encouraged women to get on a path to leadership.

More than 550 people have attended the programs, including many from underrepresented groups, over the last three years. Their daily presence on social media helped to get out the vote in the last several elections.

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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.

Join Team Hottenstein and help bring Erin’s leadership to Fort Collins City Council.