Marlo Alston has lived in Centennial since 2004. She is a “military wife” and mother of military veterans. She works in workers’ compensation claims management. She has sat on the city’s Open Space Advisory Board and was a homeowners association vice president and board member. She has held several positions in the Aurora NAACP.Alston has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Denver.Contact: 303-351-1016 or MarloAlston4CityCouncil@gmail.com.Campaign website: MarloAlston4CityCouncil.comWhy do you want to serve on the Centennial City Council?I am running for Centennial City Council because there are issues and opportunities that I see coming to the city that are important to all of us, and I want our citizens to know that with my city activism and cumulative life experiences, I can help Centennial work out the best path for us. We’ll work on issues together that affect our citizens’ lives: issues concerning public safety, job equality, our youth, mental health, active agers and seniors, and business development. I want to keep our economy strong while maintaining the high quality of life we enjoy in Centennial.What would your approach be to managing growth and development in the city, if elected?My approach would be to continue to set business practices that will continue to make doing business in Centennial easier. However, I would also work with the businesses to assure they have the City of Centennial’s and its residents’ best interest in mind when they want to enter the city.Amid rising housing prices, what can city council do to ensure young families are not priced out of the city?We need to preserve our racial, social and economic diversity by having housing prices that accommodate middle-income families. I will stand up for tenant rights and work with other council members for ways we can work with developers for a variety of housing options, so we can remain a sustainable community.What can city council to do improve traffic flow in Centennial?Continue our plan with being innovative with traffic signals, signage (and) “smart city” (ideas). Expanding the number of lanes that would allow drivers to exit into (turning lanes) without backing-up or stopping would also help with traffic flow. Working with RTD and making sure the infrastructure can support public transportation as people travel to work, school and to play (would help). Additionally, a lot of residents are active and bikers so making sure bike lanes, sidewalks and crosswalks are properly located and safe and ADA-compliant (would also help).What two issues need more attention than the current city council has given them?Business development: Although retail is changing and people make purchases online, our city’s revenues come from retail sales taxes. We want the experiences, dining out and shopping. Unfortunately, residents in District 4 get most of those experiences in our sister cities. I want our spending power to benefit Centennial, so we can improve our roads and maintain our city. Water quality and flooding: Our residents have a real concern regarding flooding, specifically in District 4’s Piney Creek, as well as the area off Parker and Arapahoe roads. I’ll work with Southeast Metro Stormwater Authority regarding this issue.
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