Charles Cotten in race for Town Council, Place 6

By Aubrey Turner
For the Prosper Press
Charles Cotten

Charles Cotten is a candidate for Town Council, Place 6.  He has experience working on committees for both Irving/Las Colinas, and now in Prosper.  He and his wife moved to Prosper after his daughter and family moved to Prosper for the school district.  

“I decided to run for Town Council because I have served on various committees in communities, and I feel like this is the next step,” Cotten said.  “I am retiring and now have the time for this next level of service for our community.”  

Cotten said he is fiscally conservative.  “I believe we need to watch every dollar we spend, keep our taxes low, and we need to be transparent about how we spend the money in Prosper,” Cotten said.  “I feel like we need to communicate about our spending and why we decide to spend on certain items.” 

“I am accessible to the people of Prosper,” Cotten said.  “I want people to be able to reach out to me.  My personal information is available and I will talk to anyone about anything.  I want to be able to know what people are wanting from their town.  I know there is a committee in the Town to better communicate to the citizens, and I think that is a good step in the right direction.  The key is that people need information about what is going on in the Town.  We need multiple ways to communicate so that we can be even more transparent.” 

“We need to plan for the Dallas North Tollway area,” Cotten said.  “I have experience with this in Irving.  I was part of the planning committee for the Bush Tollway.  We need to do this in Prosper so we can incentivize bringing in a variety of retail and office spaces so we are using that property in a way that meets the vision of the Town.  Big retailers are fine, but we need to have those smaller shops that entice people to come visit Prosper.”  

As the population grows, Cotten feels that he has experience with his work in Irving that he can use in Prosper.  “My grandkids are growing up here,” Cotten said.  “I want them to grow up in a diverse community - in abilities, in religion, in culture.  We need to celebrate that diversity.  When the town accepts and embraces the diversity, then people feel more included in the community.” 

“I find joy in so many things,” Cotten said.  “My grandkids first, along with church.  I enjoy being involved in service and charity organizations.  I also really enjoy playing golf and riding motorcycles.”