Meet Erin

Erin Hottenstein for Health District Board Member

I’m excited to put my experience as an organizational management consultant, former small-business owner, and community volunteer, to work for the betterment of our community and all of Northern Colorado, where I’ve lived for more than 20 years.

Erin Hottenstein for Fort Collins City Council, District 4

Since making Fort Collins my home 23 years ago, I’ve been committed to the prosperity of our city and its residents.

I live with my husband, our two children, one dog, and one frog (a decent swimmer named Phelps, yes, after the olympian). Like many of you, I’ve been a small-business owner.

When I’m not working or volunteering, I carve out time to chase my kids down a ski run or read yet another Percy Jackson novel together.

Erin Hottenstein and her family

My experience in public service is vast and varied, including founding Colorado 50-50, a non-partisan organization that trains women of different races, classes, ages, and abilities to run for political office.

I’ve been part of numerous local work groups and advisory boards, including the Health District’s Compass Advisory Board, Larimer’s Workforce Development Board and CSU’s Water Literate Leader’s Program.

My dedication to our community runs beyond civic involvement. I served as Board President for my church, taught Sunday School, tutored ESL, refereed soccer games, and ran a local spelling bee club.

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Growing up in Wyoming and Colorado, I started my professional life as a radio journalist. In the interest of accurate, robust reporting, I learned to seek all sides of a story, to ask questions and to listen. This work shaped my life, giving me the skills and confidence I needed to know I could make a difference and be a leader.

I’m determined to do my best to effectively represent all the people of Northern Larimer County to help make our community the best it can be.

Thank you for your support. I look forward to the opportunity to be your Health District Board Member.

– Erin

The Issues

As a 23-year resident of Fort Collins, a mom, and organizational management consultant, Erin understands the issues facing our community on a personal level. Learn about her platform here >

Mental Health

Erin Hottenstein with her dad and daughter in 2008
Erin Hottenstein with her dad and daughter in 2008

My family had a challenging time during the pandemic. I’d like to share my story with you, and tell you about the promise I’ve made to myself as a result. My father died by suicide in June 2020. The pain of that loss still runs deep.

Since that time I’ve learned that Colorado is 7th in the nation in suicide deaths. We must do a better job of providing mental health care to people in need.

This leads me to my promise. I have vowed to use my voice to help people who are struggling.

Opioids & Overdoses

Opioid abuse has become a huge problem in Larimer County. Overdose fentanyl deaths have risen dramatically in Larimer County from 3 in 2018 to 38 in 2021. If elected, I will promote educational programs and community partnerships to help destigmatize addiction and address overdose deaths.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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Erin Hottenstein moderating a panel discussion.

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. Twice, I led diversity workshops at a national business conference. I am dedicated to enacting concrete policies to address disparities.

Leadership Transition

As a former volunteer and longtime supporter of the Health District of Northern Larimer County, I believe in its mission and am worried about its future.

The Health District has been serving the residents of Larimer county since 1960. For 27 years, Carol Plock served as Executive Director. She retired in 2022. Unfortunately, her replacement lasted for just six months, leaving the organization in turmoil. They are now conducting another Executive Director search to find a better replacement.

Erin Hottenstein standing at entrance of Health District dental building
Erin Hottenstein standing at the entrance of the Health District dental building.

Now is a critical time for the Health District. That’s why I’ve decided to run for the Health District Board.

I have served as president of the board of directors of a local nonprofit during a transition of this type. I’m well aware of the challenges organizations in this position face: personnel issues, staff disruptions, interim leadership, and uncertainty among staff.

In my professional life, I help new CEOs transition into their roles and assist seasoned executives manage change in their organizations. I also facilitate workshops on team health and conversations on strategic growth.

It is vital that we elect someone with expertise in leadership development and organizational management in order to assist with the next transition. That is why I ask for your vote.

Visibility in the Community

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Erin Hottenstein helping to host a community event.

Although some people know and appreciate how the Health District helps residents access dental care, mental health services, preventative health care, prescription assistance and health insurance navigation, many in our community do not. Some are also confused about the difference between the Health District and the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment.

Sadly, the Health District continues to be a well-kept secret. And that’s a shame. More people need to learn about all the programs offered by the Health District, so they can access the care they need. If elected, I will serve as an Ambassador, hosting town halls and speaking at meetings across the District.


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 600 people have attended the programs, including many from underrepresented groups, over the last four 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 the Health District.