City election begins to take shape

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With the November election less than four months away, political candidates, potential candidates and other interested voters packed a meeting room at the Centennial Civic Center for a July 16 candidate information meeting.

Hosted by the city, City Clerk Brenda Madison detailed the city history, structure and operations, legislative powers of the city council, elected office responsibilities, candidate requirements, petitioning, Fair Campaign Practices Act reports and more.

What’s different about this year’s nonpartisan election is that Centennial will not only choose a mayor, but also four new city councilmembers.

Each of the city’s four districts has someone who is term-limited. Some suggest those may be hard-fought-for seats in the days ahead.

According to the city records, so far, 12 candidates have already filed candidate affidavits.

For the city’s number one spot, Monika Bromley will challenge incumbent mayor Cathy Noon.

Three candidates will vie for the District 1 city council seat: Mike Hanbery, Diana Holland and Kathy Turley.

Theresa Martens and Doris Truhlar will compete in District 2; Mark Grotto and Brian Olson in District 3; and John Tate, William Turner and Charles Whelan will square off in District 4.

And of course, what’s an election without yard signs?

While the city honors the age-old and sometimes irritating political tradition, Tamara Gregory, code enforcement manager, warned candidates and committee members that there’s a low tolerance for over-the-top campaigning.

“City code permits yard signs on private property to be up to 6 square feet in size per sign with a total of all signs not to exceed to 24 square feet,” she said. “Under the 2007 Visual Clutter Ordinance, the city dedicates 15 hours per week to pulling signs off public access areas or utility poles.”

The city will draw names for the placement of candidate names on the ballot on Sept. 3 at 5:30 p.m.

“Literally, we will draw names from a hat,” she said.

BREAKOUT BOX

Considering running?

Residents wanting to run for city office in Centennial should contact:

Brenda Madison, City Clerk

Centennial Civic Center

13133 E. Arapahoe Road

Centennial, CO 80112

Phone: 303-754-3324

Or visit www.centennialcolorado.com. Select “government” from the top menu, then click on “elections.”