Tricia Canonico wins District 3 City Council seat for southeast Fort Collins

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Tricia Canonico

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Tricia Canonico has won Fort Collins’ District 3 seat, breaking the years-long tradition of conservative representation coming from southeast Fort Collins.

With 55% of the votes, Canonico beat Gavin Kaszynski, who, if elected, would have continued the district’s conservative voice. 

“I’m just so incredibly grateful for all the support of the district and all my volunteers,” Canonico said Wednesday afternoon. “I don’t think there’s any way we could have done this without our volunteers and the amazing team I had.”

Kaszynski posted a message on his campaign Facebook page congratulating Canonico and wishing her “best of success on Fort Collins City Council!”

Canonico ran on a campaign built around continuing previous councils’ work on housing, climate action, equity and child care affordability. She centered her campaign on people, community and “economic vitality,” saying she had the track record and strong leadership to make things happen in Fort Collins. She adamantly supports the city’s climate plan, especially with regard to achieving zero waste by 2024. 

For now, she plans to focus on COVID-19 recovery.

“The most important thing, probably for all of us on this new council is just COVID recovery and getting our businesses back on track, and getting vaccines in arms so we can just open up and get back to normal,” she said.

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She was endorsed by U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse, county commissioners Kristin Stephens and Jody Shadduck-McNally, State Rep. Cathy Kipp and the Sierra Club. 

Kaszynski ran a campaign based on the importance of strengthening the economy. 

Gavin Kaszynski

“It’s a matter of getting the economy going so we can get people back to work,” he previously told the Coloradoan, referencing food and hospitality industry employees who’ve lost income due to the pandemic. “Almost every other issue that we could talk about in this campaign, I think, goes back to economic recovery.”

He was endorsed by the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce, Fort Collins Board of Realtors, former Fort Collins Mayor and council member Ray Martinez, Fort Collins Mayor Wade Troxell and District 3 council member Ken Summers.

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