Kathy Turley has lived in what’s now Centennial for 38 years. She’s a retired sales executive from Kaiser Permanente and worked there for almost 20 years. Turley has been a city council member for District 1 for four years, and she is running unopposed in this election.
She has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and an associate’s degree in early childhood education.
Why do you want to serve on the Centennial City Council?
I feel like I’m just beginning. These past four years have been an excellent training ground. Now, it’s time to make a difference. While my learning curve will always be active, at some point you need to stop talking and asking questions (and make) the “hard decisions.” I’m ready, I’m confident, brave and courageous, and ready to represent my district on this second term of my journey.
What would your approach be to managing growth and development in the city, if elected?
Growth is inevitable. But “smart growth” takes precedent! Thoughtful, visionary planning by city council with citizen input is primary. Yes, revenue is important, but should not be the lead. You begin with a vision of what you want your city to look like and then manage it accordingly.
Amid rising housing prices, what can city council do to ensure young families are not priced out of the city?
A city needs to provide all the amenities needed to maintain the quality of life in a live-work-and-play environment. While keeping up with the national as well as local trends in the market, the demographics of the population will dictate providing the necessary affordable housing.
What can city council to do improve traffic flow in Centennial?
With growth comes traffic. It is the city’s responsibility to maintain the infrastucture in order for people to get from point A to point B. In addition, the city also needs to educate and promote alternative means: walking, bicycles, light rail and public transportation.
What two issues need more attention than the current city council has given them?
I have been known to be an “out of the box” thinker! I (will devote much) time to … our city’s image, brand and identity. It is time to (package) all that we have done in the last 15 years, message it and invite citizens (to) to tell the world who we are … Arapahoe Road will be a constant challenge … I envision alternative means (to transport) as well as preparing for the future (like) perhaps a bus-rapid transit system similar to Denver’s (proposal) on Colfax Avenue from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus to the Auraria Campus.