Doris Truhlar has lived in Centennial for 34 years. She is an attorney at the Truhlar and Truhlar law firm, which Truhlar started with her husband in 1985. Prior to that, she worked for several newspapers around the nation, including The Denver Post and Aurora Sentinel. Truhlar is the incumbent councilmember in District 2 and is finishing her first term.
She has a law degree and a master’s degree in mass communications from the University of Denver and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.
Campaign website: doristruhlarforcentennialcouncil.com
Why do you want to serve on the Centennial City Council?
I have been interested in serving as a city councilwoman since I was in my 20s. I covered the Aurora City Council and the Aurora Public Schools Board of Education for the Aurora Sentinel and for The Denver Post. I believe local government is extremely important and that local government is in the best position to positively impact residents’ lives.
What would your approach be to managing growth and development in the city?
I believe that the Centennial City Council’s current approach, in which each request for zoning or rezoning is carefully considered, and vetted by the Centennial Planning and Zoning Commission prior to being considered by the council, is the correct approach.
Amid rising housing prices, what can city council do to ensure young families are not priced out of the city?
City council can, now that it appears the construction defects issue is at least on its way to being resolved, make sure that the zoning on the remaining tracts of land available for development are zoned for multi-family development (apartments and townhomes).
What can city council to do improve traffic flow in Centennial?
This is a difficult question because the major streets, especially Arapahoe Road, are not controlled by Centennial. The busiest streets are Colorado Department of Transportation-regulated and owned. I think that the city council has worked as closely as possible with CDOT, and should continue to do so. There also is a concept of “intelligent traffic,” which the City of Centennial has utilized and is continuing to put in place.
What two issues need more attention than the current city council has given them?
One issue that we should continue to focus on is branding — that is, establishing an identity for Centennial. We have spent some energy on this and should continue to do so. A second issue is the zoning on the remaining undeveloped portions of the city, primarily in the eastern districts … Some of the remaining undeveloped parcels will request to be rezoned. There really is not any place left to develop in District 2.