Longtime Centennial resident and seniors’ advocate Kathy Turley has announced her candidacy for District 1 City Council.
Turley, a Republican, served on many of the city’s inaugural boards, including Centennial’s Home Rule Charter Commission. She hopes to fill the vacancy that will be created when Councilmember Rick Dindinger’s term expires in January 2014.
The nonpartisan election will be held in November.
“While District 1 is only a part of a bigger picture, I want make sure the decisions I make are well-balanced,” said Turley. “For example, District 1 is on the west side and much of that area is already built out. On the east side, there’s a lot of growth and development happening.”
Turley cites “good stewardship of taxpayer dollars” among her priorities for the city.
“Any decisions that involve taxpayer dollars should be thoughtful decisions — decisions that are based not only economic conditions, but the overall needs of the community,” she said.
Turley said she also supports the city’s current “wait and see” approach to Amendment 64, the statewide vote to legalize recreational marijuana, reiterating the need to examine both sides of the controversial issue.
Also a strong advocate for fiscal responsibility, Turley insists the words “tax and spend” are not in her vocabulary and there will be “no blank checks” for government on her watch.
Turley was appointed by Gov. Bill Owens to the Colorado Commission on Aging and served as his delegate to the White House Conference on Aging.
She is a past member of the Denver Regional Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging Advisory Board and a member of the Arapahoe County Council on Aging speakers’ bureau and InnovAge Advisory Council.
“Every seven seconds someone is turning 60,” said Turley. “Approximately 10,000 people a day are turning 65, and 30 percent of the population of Centennial is over 50. Whether you are a senior, caring for a senior or thinking about the upcoming golden years, you will need a voice at the table — I will be your voice.”
Turley is a retired sales executive for Kaiser Permanente.