How to submit your Fort Collins city election endorsements to the Coloradoan

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Fort Collins has a significant city election coming up on April 6. Voters will decide who will be the next mayor and who will fill four City Council seats. There are also several ballot issues up for a vote, including whether the former Hughes Stadium land should remain as open space and whether the city should put into place a plastic bag ban.

Now’s the time for informed Fort Collins residents to weigh in on these topics with their published election endorsements.

Through April 4, the Coloradoan will publish the best endorsement letters from Fort Collins residents in its Sunday print editions and online at Coloradoan.com/opinion.

Each week, we will publish the best letter submitted in support of each candidate running for City Council, along with the top arguments for and against the  ballot measures that will appear on the April 6 city ballot.

Selected letters will be published online and in print as space allows. Authors of letters not selected for publication will see their names added to a list of those who wrote in support of each candidate, or in support or opposition of each ballot measure in an online roundup of submissions.

Subscribers have told us they value reading opinion content in the Coloradoan, and we want to provide a forum for discussion of informed, logical and honest arguments about candidates and issues. Providing this space will require more careful curation, and it’s our paying customers who help make that possible. Therefore, going forward, all opinion content, including these election endorsements, will be available only to subscribers.

How to submit Fort Collins 2021 election endorsements

The Coloradoan will accept submissions for publication consideration if they adhere to the following standards:

  • Pieces cannot exceed 250 words. Candidates for election may have up to 500 words but will be limited to one letter per month.
  • The author must include their name and phone number for verification purposes.
  • The author must attach a .jpg photo of themselves to their submissions. The photo will be published with any endorsement selected for publication.
  • Submissions must be sent to opinion@coloradoan.com.

Endorsements will be accepted for these races:

  • Mayor: Jeni Ardnt, Gerry Horak and Molly Skold
  • City Council District 1: Nick Armstrong and Susan Gutowsky
  • City Council District 3: Tricia Canonico and Gavin Kaszynski
  • City Council District 4: Jess Dyrdahl, Erin Hottenstein, Shirley Peel, Melanie Potyondy and Sidna Rachid
  • City Council District 5: Jeff Hansen and Kelly Ohlson

And for these ballot issues:

  • Hughes Stadium site
  • Single-use plastic bag ban
  • 5 charter amendments

► Election 2021: Who’s running for Fort Collins City Council, what’s on the ballot?

Rebecca Powell is a content strategist at the Coloradoan, working to connect our community with the answers they seek. Contact her at RebeccaPowell@coloradoan.com. We can’t do the important work of keeping our community informed without you. Support her work and that of other Coloradoan journalists by purchasing a digital subscription today.