Current City Council member and lifetime Fort Collins resident, Wade Troxell, announced that he is running for Mayor of Fort Collins.
Troxell has provided a balanced perspective to the City Council since he was elected in April, 2007. He has brought a practical, common sense voice to issues that impact individuals, families, neighborhoods and business owners who live and work in Fort Collins and care about its future.
“It is the citizens who make Fort Collins a great place. They care about the quality of life and each other, foster qualities of good character, and live to make a difference in this community,” Troxell said.
Drawing on the vision and leadership he saw growing up when his father, Harry E. Troxell, Jr., served on the City Council in the1960s, Troxell sees how government overreach can be an obstacle to a vibrant future. Collaboration and public-private partnerships will make Fort Collins a better place. “Narrow ideology without facing real issues won’t help us move forward,” Troxell said.
Troxell wants to build upon key Fort Collins assets such as Old Town and the River District, innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem, and our natural resources like the Cache la Poudre River. He has focused his mayoral election campaign on bringing innovative solutions to provide for 1) economic health and prosperity for all citizens, 2) citizen-centered priorities and accountability for a sustainable future, and 3) collaboration and partnerships in our community and region.
Troxell is a cofounder and member of both the Colorado Clean Energy Cluster and the Water Innovation Cluster, partnerships of public organizations and private companies whose purpose is to make Northern Colorado the “go to” place for clean energy and water innovation. He believes that clean energy and water technologies can help drive our economic future.
Troxell is a lifelong resident of Fort Collins. When he was 14 years old, he was “Mayor for a Day” for then-mayor Karl Carson. He grew up in Old Town, attended PSD schools, was a CSU student-athlete and captain of the football team. Troxell earned three degrees in engineering at CSU and has been on the CSU mechanical engineering faculty for 30 years. He and his wife, Jean, have been married 33 years. Their two children, Graeme and Ellie, are students at CSU.