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Shirley Peel is the only conservative running for City Council. Help bring change to the Fort Collins City Council!


For the past 20 years Fort Collins has provided a healthy, safe, optimal environment in which to raise our 4 children and now I would like a chance to express my appreciation by serving the people of District 4 as their voice on Fort Collins City Council. Serving on various boards has provided me with the experience to interact with a variety of people from a viewpoint of inclusion and understanding. Being an educator has brought me into contact with a diverse audience from many backgrounds and has allowed me to learn to interact with empathy, compassion and concern. I have built two education programs from the ground up which has taught me how to plan and execute a vision while navigating requirements from local and state government. My teaching career has honed my speaking and communication skills, allowing me to convey ideas and solutions with precision. I am a thinker, a problem solver and a bridge builder. As a council member, my priority will be to support our business community in order to maintain a strong economy which in turn will ensure a thriving community.

I am running for the seat on the City Council because a citizen's responsibility is to give back to the community in which they live and I believe that together we are better. My commitment to raising my family has ended as well as my tenure as an educator and I find myself with more time to devote to my community and I would like to serve our city as the councilmember for district 4.


  • Recovery from Covid 19

    The effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on our community is the immediate issue facing our City Council at the moment. City Council will need to keep partnering with the Larimer County Commissioners and the Larimer County Board of Health and continue keeping our community safe and healthy. Protocols to protect our first responders and our most vulnerable populations are now successfully in place so now we must turn our attention to the business community and help them recover. The city will need to search for innovative ways to deal with the budget shortfall caused by lost tax revenue, revive the job market and stimulate the economy. Our economy is roughly 60% sales tax dependent and if small businesses and major retailers do not survive the crisis, our community is looking at potential lay-offs and significant reductions in services.
  • Economy

    Colorado as a state went from having one of the best economies to one of the worst. While Fort Collins is faring better than the remainder of the state, our community is still suffering from the effects of the pandemic. In order to lower our unemployment rate we will need to develop a clear economic vision for recovery in partnership with the business community and community members and make sure we have a strategic plan to obtain those goals. We will need to ensure a business-friendly environment that helps current businesses recover, while encouraging new businesses to emerge in order to put our family, friends and neighbors back to work.
  • Smart Growth

    Implementation of smart growth for Fort Collins is an extremely important issue that will require the City Council's attention for the foreseeable future and beyond. According to some recent models, Fort Collins is projected to grow by more than 100,000 people over the next 10 years. City Council needs to collaborate with businesses, community members, local government entities and developers to create a systematic, comprehensive growth plan. The plan needs to include the following elements.
    • Providing water to new development and for water storage.
    • Providing solid infrastructure such as quality road and traffic systems, sewer extensions and other utilities.
    • Adopting common sense zoning practices and land use that adapts to the changing needs of the community.
    • Allowing the continued use of metro districts.
    • Providing for not only the peripheral spread, but also the development of infill sites.
    • Planning to alleviate the housing shortage.
  • Housing Concerns

    According to the Coloradoan, in the past 10 years, rent prices in Fort Collins have increased by 68%, townhome and condo values increased 158% and single - family home values increased 125% and the median home price in 2020 was $450,000, more than double the price in 2010. The Housing Strategic Plan Engagement Report has suggestions for helping community members have access to housing in a way that encourages personal initiative that need to be explored and brought to the forefront of this discussion. Suggestions such as partnering with non-profit organizations like Habitat for Humanity and local churches to allow access to more equitable homes as well as helping the business sector grow so employers can engage in best practices like investing in first time homebuyers savings accounts and offering housing stipends as part of a wage package. The city also has the ability to relax the U + 2 ordinance as well as zoning laws to allow manufactured home parks within reason and create higher density developments.
  • Environment

    Preserving our beautiful environment is a major concern for all of us in our community and members of the council have a responsibility to listen to citizens’ environmental concerns and make logical, common sense and often hard decisions based on sound science and facts. Solid policy should be enacted to ensure solutions do not cause more harm than good to vulnerable populations, our business community and our financial stability.



I have known Shirley Peel for three years now, working alongside her guidance at Christian Core Academy (CCA).

Shirley's teaching career spans 20+ years. Throughout this time, she has been a passionate educator and dedicated to reaching young hearts and minds to be strong leaders in this world. Her community involvement has been a powerful model and influence for her family. All of her four children have attended local schools and are now serving the community in their service jobs as well.


As residents and business owners in District 4, we are pleased to endorse Shirley Peel for Fort Collins City Council District 4. We are confident that Shirley is the most qualified for the seat. We have gotten to know her over the last 10 years. Our children attended the school that she administered and taught. Shirley is truly an amazing individual that works so hard for others. We have watched her deal with all kinds of situations and always left impressed on how she solved and brought together ideas and people to address an issue. We have never seen her tiptoe around a difficult circumstance; in fact, she has always dealt with any issue straight on with truth and compassion. Her ability to problem solve is masterful. We can think of no other individual that would positively benefit District 4 as much as Shirley Peel. She would be a tremendous asset.


I believe Shirley Peel has the innate ability to navigate the complexities that arise with developers and City Regulations. Amicable partnerships between the City and developers must be achieved so that the community is provided with safe, cutting edge affordable housing and commercial developments. Shirley can bring solid, critical thinking to ensure solid solutions for our Community.

I wholeheartedly endorse Shirley Peel for City Council District 4.


February 26, March 5, March 12, March 19, March 26, April 2


Community Members of District 4
Come join the conversation around our fire pit at 6601 South Shields each Friday evening from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm and let Shirley know your thoughts about our city and our District 4 community. (Will move inside of barn if weather is inclement.)
March 1, March 8, March 15, March 22


Monday March 1 Discuss helping businesses recover from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Monday March 8 Discuss the challenges facing Fort Collins due to the expected growth in our area over the next 10 years.
Monday March 15 Discuss the plastic ban ballot initiative as well as the city’s climate action plan.
Monday March 22 Discuss the Hughes Stadium ballot initiative and the issue of affordable housing in Fort Collins.

Sign up for the newsletter and you will receive a Zoom link to join our meeting.
February 27, March 7, March 14, March 21, March 28, April 3


We will be walking neighborhoods no matter the weather each Saturday. If you would like to join us, please meet at 6601 South Shields at 9:30 am for bagels and hot drinks and then we will head out and knock on doors.

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Shirley Peel Featured on League of Women Voters Forum
Fort Collins, CO - 3/11/2021
Part of the League of Women Voters mission is to inform the citizens and encourage them to actively participate in government. With Shirley Peel's participation at last night's forum, Shirley Peel exemplies our values of citizen participation in local government.

If you didn’t see the forum you will be able to view the video on the League of Women Voters of Larimer County (LWVLC) website at,, and on on demand viewing. It will also be replayed on Comcast Channels 14 and 881.

Also, help spread the word that the League of Women Voters of Larimer County will have a video presentation on the City of Fort Collins Ballot Issues on our website


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