Chris Leh — 2023 Louisville City Council Candidate Questionnaire


Yes/No Questions:

1. Are you a homeowner? Yes

2. If the City police force was fully staffed, would you advocate for adding more officers? No

3. Do you believe there’s a need for more housing in Louisville? Yes

4. Do you believe the City should spend more money on homelessness services? Yes

General Questions (no more than 300 words):

1. Why do you want to be mayor?  [a council member?]

I want to continue to help make Louisville an even better, more welcoming small town in which to live, work, do business, and visit. I believe I bring the necessary knowledge, creativity, energy, and proven leadership skills to do that.

2. When was the last time you paid rent, and where was that?  

1989-92 — studio apartment near City Park in Denver

3. Boulder County has experienced extreme natural disasters over the last decade, including flooding and wildfire. How do you plan to address these challenges?

  • Maintain strong intergovernmental relationships 
  • Ensure wildfire mitigation in Open Space & Incentivize homeowners nearby to fire-harden
  • Strengthen our preparedness plans & educate residents about them

4. How do you think you stand out from other candidates?

  • 9 years’ service on Louisville City Council
  • Extensive Council, nonprofit & professional leadership experience
  • Small business Co-Founder & Managing Partner of small business

5. What question would you ask a fellow candidate on the ballot?

How would you seek to remove barriers to a thriving Louisville economy?

6. What are your solutions for the growing population of people experiencing homelessness?

  • Increase affordable housing options throughout Boulder County
  • Wraparound services for those who need them

7. What’s your plan for creating more affordable housing in Louisville?

  • Zoning changes & transportation-oriented development near McCaslin
  • Strategic acquisition of residential property & deed restriction
  • Land banking
  • Zoning changes to ensble affordable housing & reach 12% goal we recommended, and Boulder County cities & towns adopted, while I was Louisville’s representative on the County Consortium of Cities

8. How will you address climate change? How do you plan to meet Louisville’s climate goal of zero carbon by 2030? 

  • Transportation-oriented development
  • Encourage multimodal transportation
  • Incentivize businesses & residences to decarbonize

9. What are your goals for transportation and how will you achieve them? 

  • Following & funding our Transportation Master Plan

10. How do you plan to engage non-English speaking constituents?

  • Work with our EDI Manager to seek out input and comment
  • Implement more recommendations of EDI task force

11. How does diversity factor into your policy making?

  • Wide reading & doing the work
  • Drawing on ideas gained through wide reading & engagement with BIPOC
  • Systematic development of a pipeline of diverse leaders through boards & commissions 

12. How will you reach residents who have different lived experiences than you?

  • Seek & follow suggestions of our new EDI manager
  • Implement more recommendations of our EDI task force 

13. Rank your top 5 issues in priority

  1. Economic Vitality
  2. Maintaining & protecting Open Space, parks & trails
  3. Effective climate action to reach sustainability goals
  4. Expand housing options
  5. Bringing Marshall Fire Survivors home

Other Louisville Candidates:

City of Louisville Mayor (4-year term) (Vote for One)

Sherry Sommer

Chris Leh

Josh Cooperman

City of Louisville City Council Ward 1 (4-year term)

Caleb Dickenson

City of Louisville City Council Ward 2 (4-year term) (Vote for One)

Deborah Fahey

George Colbert

City of Louisville City Council Ward 3 (Vote for not more than Two)

The candidate with the highest number of votes will serve a four-year term. The candidate with the second highest number of votes will serve a two-year term.

Dietrich Hoefner

Barbara Hamlington