The Nov. 7 election will see seats open in all four districts for Centennial City Council, with competition in districts 2 and 4 and no opposition in districts 1 and 3.
The Centennial Citizen will bring you in-depth Q&As with each candidate in …
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The Nov. 7 election will see seats open in all four districts for Centennial City Council, with competition in districts 2 and 4 and no opposition in districts 1 and 3.The Centennial Citizen will bring you in-depth Q&As with each candidate in the coming weeks.Two current councilmembers, Stephanie Piko and Charles "CJ" Whelan, are the only two candidates for mayor. Piko is the current mayor pro tem.Here's some basic information about your candidates for city council.District 1Kathy TurleyTurley, a 40-year resident of what is now Centennial, has been a city councilmember for District 1 since 2014.Turley served on the Colorado Commission on Aging, the Denver Regional Council of Governments' Aging and Adult Supervisory Board and the Centennial Home Rule Charter Commission.She holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from San Jose State University and an associate's degree in early childhood education from Arapahoe Community College. She is a retired sales executive for Kaiser Permanente.District 2Tamara Hunter-MaurerHunter-Maurer is an engineer with the Colorado Department of Transportation, according to her LinkedIn page.Last December, she was one of two petitioners who sought to stop development along the Arapahoe Road corridor for drive-in or drive-through service, convenience stores and gas stations, vehicle sales and rental services, and car washes.In 2005, Centennial adopted ordinances restricting those land uses, essentially covering East Arapahoe Road between the South Parker Road and South Yosemite Street intersections. In November, city council lifted those restrictions, and Hunter-Maurer and another petitioner opposed that move.Nancy NicklessNickless has held several positions at universities and colleges in the metro area. She is currently a human resources coordinator and grant accountant at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, according to her LinkedIn page. She also oversaw distribution of veterans' benefits to student veterans at Arapahoe Community College.She studied at the University of Colorado Denver, Arapahoe Community College and University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, obtaining a master's degree in public administration from the latter.Bennett RutledgeRutledge is a software applications developer for Wells Fargo and Co., according to his LinkedIn page. He has held several computer programming positions over the past two decades, and he was a computer systems analyst for the Federal Highway Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation in the 1980s and 1990s.Rutledge holds a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and physics from the University of Arizona.Doris TruhlarTruhlar, a 30-year resident of what is now Centennial, has been a city councilmember since 2014. She has practiced law with her husband at the firm Truhlar and Truhlar LLP since 1985, located in Centennial since 2004.A former newspaper reporter who covered municipal government, she holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and graduated from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.She was president of the Colorado Women's Bar Association, president of the Arapahoe County Bar Association and a liaison to Littleton Fire Rescue.District 3Mike Sutherland Sutherland is an attorney who serves as the benefit counsel to the Fire and Police Pension Association of Colorado, according to his LinkedIn page. He has held several legal positions since 1982 and was elected chair of the Centennial Planning and Zoning Commission since January. He's served on the commission since 2005.He holds a bachelor's degree in management from the University of Denver and graduated from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.District 4 Marlo AlstonAlston, who was a candidate for state House District 37 in 2014, has volunteered for campaigns in Centennial and Colorado in general to register voters and assist with get-out-the-vote efforts.She was a medical claims associate for Pinnacol Assurance from 2006-13, according to her LinkedIn page.She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Denver.Charlette FlemingFleming is a senior accounting consultant for AxxessConnect, a company that describes itself as a telecommunications, information technology and professional services provider, according to her LinkedIn page. She's held accounting positions since 2006.She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance and accounting from Louisiana State University.John Miquel A former assistant public defender for the office of the Miami-Dade County Public Defender, Miquel has been an attorney since 2001, according to his LinkedIn page.He's an attorney at the Law Firm of John F. Miquel and a former adjunct professor from January to May 2015 at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He graduated from the St. Thomas University School of Law and holds a bachelor's degree in management from Nova Southeastern University.
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