Charlette Fleming has lived in what’s now Centennial since 2000 with her family. She is a senior accounting consultant for AxxessConnect, a telecommunications and information technology service provider.
She has a bachelor’s degree in general business with an emphasis in finance and accounting. She earned a graduate certificate from the University of California, Los Angeles, Extension.
Campaign website: ElectCharlette.com
Why do you want to serve on the Centennial City Council?
I am running to make sure the voices of all citizens, regardless of background or economic status, are represented at city council. I have lived in Centennial since its inception. I have raised my family here, and my children graduated from Cherry Creek School District. I have personally benefited from living in Centennial, and I want to give back to the community to help ensure its successful future.
What would your approach be to managing growth and development in the city if elected?
I’m in favor of smart growth. What that means to me is that we encourage development that utilizes a mix of building types, promotes diverse housing and transportation options, and encourages community involvement. When done properly, smart growth creates attractive and distinct communities that preserves our parks and trails while encouraging development that spurs business opportunities and strengthens the tax base.
Amid rising housing prices, what can city council do to ensure young families are not priced out of the city?
Centennial can fully utilize federal housing funding such as community development block grants as well as partner with the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority to build affordable housing. Additionally, the city can explore ways to repurpose vacant buildings by providing tax incentives to developers to encourage affordable housing development.
What can city council do to improve traffic flow in Centennial?
City council can partner with RTD and other municipal transportation agencies to explore innovative ways to expand public transit. Also, city council can work to ensure maximum use of the already-installed Intelligent Transportation System, which utilizes the city’s fiber network to synchronize traffic lights around the city. Additionally, the city can partner with local employers to possibly implement a shuttle service for employees and continue to promote carpooling services.
What two issues need more attention that the current city council has given them?
Consumers are doing more online shopping versus buying from local retailers ... This trend will ultimately impact sales tax revenue for Centennial. I am not in favor of a sales tax increase … but I think we should initiate a study to determine what can be done to plan for any future sales tax erosion … I (also) think city council can focus on giving Centennial a city brand. It is difficult to determine when you are entering or leaving the city. A strong identity (and an) established and focused reputation is vital for business growth, innovation and quality of life.