Press Release Announcing Bid for Re-Election


January 17, 2017



Wade Troxell

Mayor Troxell Announces Re-Election Bid   

Wade Troxell, current mayor of the City of Fort Collins, announced his bid for re-election to Fort Collins City Council today.

Mayor Troxell was first elected mayor in April 2015.   Prior to that, he was a City Council member representing District 4, first elected in 2007 and re-elected in 2011.  Troxell has brought practical, common sense leadership to civic issues that impact individuals, families, neighborhood residents and business owners who live, work and care about Fort Collins’ future.

“It is the citizens that make Fort Collins a great place.  People are passionate about Fort Collins. They care about quality of life. They care about each other.  They live to make a difference in our community,” Troxell said.   While mayor, Troxell serves on the Platte River Power Authority board, chairs the Northern Colorado Regional Airport Commission, serves on the Colorado Municipal League Executive Board, chairs the city’s Futures Committee, and is past chair of the University Communities Council of the National League of Cities.

Troxell sees a vibrant future for Fort Collins and feels collaboration and public-private partnerships make Fort Collins a better place.  “Narrow ideology without facing real issues won’t help us move forward toward a vibrant future for all in our community,” Troxell said.

Throughout his first term, Troxell has focused on innovative solutions and civic leadership for youth and young adults. If elected for a second term, Troxell will continue to provide leadership for 1) economic health and prosperity for all citizens, 2) substantive actions and accountability for a sustainable future, and 3) collaboration and partnerships throughout our community and region.

Troxell has provided the leadership in keeping Fort Collins a wonderful place to live, work, play, raise a family, study, grow a business, innovate, and improve the city’s natural environment.  “I was raised here.  I remember fondly when Fort Collins’ population was 30,000.  Now, at 160,000, we are an even better, more vibrant city with an abundance of diverse opportunities.”

Troxell has been a trusted advocate for clean energy and water innovation technologies.  Fort Collins is recognized in the Lemelson “Places of Invention” exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C.   He sees Fort Collins as “go to” place for clean energy and water innovation and is committed to furthering our city’s economic future.

At 14 years old, Troxell 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 captained the football team, earned three degrees in engineering at CSU, and has been on the CSU mechanical engineering faculty for 32 years.  He and his wife, Jean, have been married 35 years.  They have two adult children.

Troxell joined the faculty of Colorado State University in 1985.  He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.   His research focuses on creative innovation, philosophy of engineering and intelligent control of distributed systems.

Troxell also co-founded Sixth Dimension, a provider of smart grid technology integrating distributed energy resources for utilities. As President/COO, he led this start-up company through three rounds of venture financing involving some of the top energy venture firms prior to its acquisition.

Troxell has been active in numerous civic and volunteer organizations.  He served as a Senior Vice President for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.  He served on the Board of Directors of the CSU Alumni Association and the First United Presbyterian Church Foundation.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve this first term as Fort Collins’ mayor as well as serve on the Fort Collins City Council.  And yet, there’s still work to be done. I look forward to being re-elected mayor to continue providing leadership for this wonderful community and will welcome and embrace new challenges and opportunities.

For more information on Mayor Troxell’s re-election campaign, go to or “Vote for Wade Troxell of Fort Collins” on Facebook.   You can follow Mayor Troxell on Twitter @wadetroxell.


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