Community leader and longtime resident Mike Sutherland has announced his candidacy this year for Centennial City Council in District 3.
“This is an undertaking that I take seriously, as I believe the future of our great city depends on the continued strong leadership in our local government,” he said.
Sutherland is a Colorado native who moved into the area that is now Centennial in 1994 with his wife and children. He attended the University of Denver for his undergraduate degree in business management and stayed at DU to earn his law degree.
As an attorney in private practice, Sutherland has been a shareholder in three law firms. He says he knows the issues small-business owners face in Colorado, from corporate taxation to payroll and business-personal property taxes.
Sutherland entered the public sector in 2012 when he joined the Fire and Police Pension Association as benefits counsel. Among other duties, he oversees the association’s disability plan and directs the annual review and revision of the agency’s rules and plan documents.
Sutherland has served on the boards of the Foxridge Improvement Association, the Centennial Council of Neighborhoods and the Centennial Planning and Zoning Commission, which he chairs.
The candidate has also been an active member of the South Metro Denver Chamber for 12 years. He has coached youth sports and serves on the board of a local nonprofit food pantry.
“Centennial is a young city with unlimited potential,” Sutherland said. “The city’s founders, mayors and City Councils have worked tirelessly to establish one of the most desirable places to live in Colorado and the United States. Centennial is at a critical stage of its development, and I will work hard to maintain the city’s safe neighborhoods, improve transportation through the city’s corridors, and maintain and attract thriving business activity.”
Sutherland is currently running unopposed. Incumbent District 3 Councilmember Mark Gotto is not seeking re-election.
Election Day is Nov. 7.
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