El Paso County Commissioner Peggy Littleton endorses fellow Republican Chance Hill for CU regent seat

Author: Ernest Luning - November 13, 2017 - Updated: November 12, 2017

El Paso County Commissioner Peggy Littleton and CU regent candidate Chance Hill (Courtesy Chance Hill)El Paso County Commissioner Peggy Littleton and CU regent candidate Chance Hill (Courtesy Chance Hill)

El Paso County Commissioner Peggy Littleton is the latest official to endorse Chance Hill, a Colorado Springs Republican and the lone candidate in next year’s election for the University of Colorado Board of Regents seat from the 5th Congressional District.

Littleton, a former elected member of Colorado’s State Board of Education, said she was impressed that Hill won’t be afraid to “push back against the dominant Leftist culture when appropriate” and will refuse to “coddle (students) by creating ‘safe spaces’ or encouraging a reliance on ‘trigger warnings.'”

Hill, an attorney with Sherman & Howard and former CIA analyst and Navy veteran, says he wants to promote intellectual diversity and free speech on CU’s campuses. He also wants to reduce the burden of student debt by cutting costs and cultivating public-private partnerships with the university.

A political newcomer, Hill has racked up a lengthy list of endorsers, including Kyle Hybl, the term-limited incumbent whose seat Hill is seeking, along with U.S. Rep. Ken Buck, Secretary of State Wayne Williams and state Rep. Clarice Navarro.

CU’s regents oversee the university system’s $3.8 billion budget and make key hiring and policy decisions for its four campuses — CU Boulder, CU Colorado Springs, CU Denver, and the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.

Voters elect two at-large regents and one from each of the state’s seven congressional districts to staggered, six-year terms. Republicans currently hold a one-seat majority on the board. The at-large seat represented by Democrat Stephen Ludwig, the 3rd District seat represented by Republican Glenn Gallegos, and the 5th District seat represented by Hybl are up for election next year.

Here’s what Littleton had to say in her endorsement letter:

Dear Friends,

I am excited to endorse Chance Hill to be our next CU Regent from Colorado’s 5th Congressional District.

As a former Representative on the CO State Board of Education representing the 5th Congressional District, former educator, and current board member at The Classical Academy (TCA) in Colorado Springs, I am passionate about the education and character of our future leaders.

Chance, a recent law school graduate, understands the challenges that conservative students can face on college campuses both from professors and peers—and he is not afraid to push back against the dominant Leftist culture when appropriate. He also believes that institutions of higher learning should value free expression and prepare students to become productive citizens in the real world—not coddle them by creating “safe spaces” or encouraging a reliance on “trigger warnings.” Furthermore, Chance will fight to promote CU campus initiatives that foster intellectual diversity—rather than obsessing solely on diversity based on physical characteristics.

Chance also understands the importance of a quality and affordable education, and I know that he will advocate strongly for cost-cutting measures to curb rising tuition and to mitigate student debt to the maximum extent possible.

I really think that Chance is the right person for the CU Regent position, and he certainly has my vote.

I encourage you to learn more about Chance and how to support him at:

Thanks and God bless,

Peggy Littleton

El Paso County Commissioner, District 5

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning is a political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has covered politics and government for newspapers and online news sites in Colorado for more than 25 years, including at the Highlands Ranch Herald, the Jefferson Sentinels chain of community newspapers and the Aurora Sentinel, where he was the city hall and cops reporter. After editing the Aurora Daily Sun, he was a political reporter and blogger for The Colorado Independent site. For nearly a decade, he was a senior political reporter and occasional editor at The Colorado Statesman before the 119-year-old publication merged with Colorado Politics in 2017.