In her run for city council, first-time candidate Doris Truhlar has won the coveted endorsement of Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson.
“That's a pretty big deal,” says Truhlar. “Sheriff Robinson's opinion carries an awful lot of weight around this area.”
Robinson praised Truhlar for her “proven leadership skills and commitment to making a difference. Doris will serve the community in an informed, effective and efficient manner,” the sheriff stated in a press release Sept. 23.
Truhlar, 67, is vying for the council seat in District 2 that is currently held by Sue Bosier, who is term-limited. The other councilmember in District 2, Keith Gardner, also has endorsed Truhlar, whose opponent in the race is Theresa Martens, a former special education teacher.
Together with her husband Robert, Truhlar runs a Centennial-based law firm founded in 1985. She specializes in family law while he handles employment law. The couple actually met in the registration line at law school at the University of Denver.
Before attending law school, Truhlar worked for a number of years as a journalist and has a master's in mass communications.
Something of a modern-day Renaissance woman — Truhlar's resume runs five pages. She's admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, worked as an award-winning reporter and editor at the Denver Post and Aurora Sentinel, and has been an adjunct law professor at the University of Denver's Law School.
She's also won a number of awards for her years of public service, particularly to low-income clients. In 2003, she was designated a “Law Star” by the University of Denver and is included on the list of America's “Super Lawyers.”
“Ever since the days when I covered the Aurora City Council as a reporter, I've always wanted to run for public office,” Truhlar says. “I understand how government works.”
Truhlar labels herself “fiscal conservative.” She says she would like to see more money spent in some of the older parts of Centennial, including in District 2 near the intersection of Holly Street and Dry Creek Road where she lives.
“It seems like there's been a disparity in money spent in the newer parts of the city,” she says, citing as examples Centennial Park and the choice of location for the Civic Center. “There are streets in my district that really need a lot of attention,” she says. “I want my district to get its fair share of the revenues the city spends.”
Among the issues she thinks will be important to Centennial in the near future:
• Regulation of recreational marijuana - “we don't need those kinds of businesses in Centennial.”
• Whether the amphitheater at Centennial Park should be covered — “only if it can be shown that it will produce additional significant revenue for the city.”
• Whether the business personal property tax should be modified to give small businesses a break — “yes, it will attract more small businesses to the city.”
Truhlar started campaigning in June and estimated she's knocked on thousands of doors. “This has been a really interesting experience,” she says. “Most of the people I have met have been nice and very supportive. I hope I get elected. I think I'd be good for the city.”