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Posted on: December 12, 2023

The City of Wheat Ridge welcomes two new council members

Wheat Ridge City Council

The City of Wheat Ridge welcomes two new council members after November’s election, Jenny Snell of District I and Dan Larson of District IV.  

Council Member Snell has been involved with several groups and organizations throughout the community, including the Wheat Ridge Active Transportation Advisory Team (ATATs), Wheaties Academy, the Race and Equity Task Force, the Land Acknowledgement Committee, and previously worked for Localworks. Since April 2018, Council Member Larson served on the city’s planning commission, where he saw firsthand the impact of city policies on neighborhoods, businesses, and quality of life. Larson also serves as president of his homeowner’s association. 


Both council members will serve in critical leadership roles within the City of Wheat Ridge and will work closely together across opportunities.  


“Both of these new council members are exceptional thought leaders in their communities,” said Mayor Bud Starker. “I am delighted to have them join our council and look forward to their valuable contributions as we enter Wheat Ridge’s next chapter.”  

 Jenny Snell - District 1 Dan Larson District Four


Snell is committed to building community and is inspired by the connections she has formed through this work. She is passionate about safety, especially related to walking and biking. In 2022, Snell started a small business in Wheat Ridge called the Wheelie Bean Coffee Bike. Snell and her wife, Megan moved to Wheat Ridge in 2014. For fun, Snell likes to stay active with her wife and three dogs and enjoys biking in and around Wheat Ridge. 


As a representative of the most economically diverse district in Wheat Ridge, Larson states that his priority is to listen to the variety of voices in city neighborhoods, commercial corridors, and industry. Issues ranging from traffic and decaying stormwater infrastructure to housing and homelessness impact the community and need attention. Originally from Chicago, Dan moved to Colorado twenty years ago and has been a resident of Wheat Ridge since 2016. Larson and his wife, Devera, moved to Wheat Ridge in 2016. They recently adopted an energetic terrier puppy that will someday become a very good dog.  

About the City of Wheat Ridge 

The City of Wheat Ridge offers a mix of retail/commercial businesses and unique residential neighborhoods with easy access to the Denver metropolitan area. The community of nine square miles is located immediately west of Denver with a population of 33,000 residents. This home rule city was incorporated in 1969, however, its rich heritage extends back to the 1800s. 

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