Meet Erin

Erin Hottenstein for Health District Board Member

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

Erin Hottenstein for Fort Collins City Council, District 4

Since making Fort Collins my home 22 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.

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.

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 22-year resident of Fort Collins, a mom, and former small business owner, Erin understands the issues facing our community on a personal level. Learn about her platform here >


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.