Centennial mayoral candidate Stephanie Piko is flanked by state Sen. Jack Tate and state Rep. Cole Wist at her announcement in Center Park. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Piko
Centennial’s Stephanie Piko became the second city councilmember to throw their hat into the ring for top leadership during a weekend event in Centennial Center Park.
“I was honored to be surrounded by my friends, family and colleagues as I formally announced my candidacy to be the next mayor of Centennial,” the two-term councilmember said in a statement. “As a Centennial resident since 2001 and a councilmember for the last five years, I have developed an admiration for this community.”
Piko, who held her campaign kickoff Feb. 12 in the signature park for which she had once advocated, cited her experience as well suited to lead what she considers Centennial’s unique community of dedicated residents.
“From staff to elected officials, [they] have created an agile, responsive, innovative and fiscally responsible government that is reflective of [the coty’s] citizens,” she said. “As the next mayor of Centennial, I will continue to build on Centennial’s great foundation by implementing the plans that are in place to better connect our citizens.”
The candidate mentioned the city’s recently-instigated FiberWorks project, designed to utilize Centennial’s fiber-optic network for purposes of high-speed internet, and recent innovative transportation solutions, such as Lyft-driven Go Centennial, as examples.
“I’ll be looking for new ways for Centennial residents to become a part of and involved within their own community. Strong citizen engagement will lead to better outcomes in planning, growth and management of the city,” Piko said.
Since taking office in 2012, Piko has represented Centennial on several boards, including the Cherry Creek Water Quality Authority. She also worked to design Center Park’s popular amphitheater after chairing the citizen-led Open Space Advisory Board.
The District 4 councilmember has already received endorsements from several other local officials, including her Councilmember Ken Lucas, who issued his own statement.
“I have worked closely with Councilmember Piko for the last five years and find that she is deliberative in her decision making, smart, and has terrific leadership skills, which are essential for being an effective mayor,” he said.
In her own endorsement, Arapahoe County Commissioner Nancy Sharpe mentioned Piko’s collaborative work with the county on a range of common interests.
“Whether those issues are water quality at the Cherry Creek Reservoir, transportation or others, she looks for the best quality outcome,” Sharpe said. “Stephanie is smart, dedicated and a pleasure to work with. I strongly endorse her for mayor of Centennial,” Sharpe said.
Piko said she was proud of the work the city has accomplished, but warned against resting on laurels.
“We must be poised to embrace future opportunities. I appreciate the opportunity to help us get there,” she said.
Councilmember C.J. Whelan announced his mayoral candidacy last month.
Two-term Mayor Cathy Noon is term-limited.
Election Day is Nov. 7.
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