It has been an honor and privilege to represent Ward 6 on the Overland Park City Council Since 2018. When I set out on this journey in 2017, I always held this motto “Community above Self.” My focus is on continuing to move our great city forward and providing a pathway to continue the quality of life we have enjoyed in our 60-year history.
I have engaged the community by holding Coffee with Councilmember Newlin, virtual meetings, or showing up at neighborhood events to help give residents insight to what is happening in Overland Park. I am committed to being transparent with our processes and getting you the help that you needed to make things easier in your daily life.
I would like to continue that journey in another way called “Community Forward.” A motto to say what we have today can be even better as we look to the future. Please join my campaign as I seek a second term as your Ward 6 Councilmember.
Public Safety and Mental Health
Infrastructure, Development, and Growth
When you are in crisis you know that the Police and Fire departments are trained to help you. As Chair of the Mental Health Task Force, I have led the charge to better our response to the mental health needs of our residents. Programs such as Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) and de-escaltion training for all our police officers and the creation of the CIT plain-clothed unit with co-responders in 2022 are two examples of the changes I have been a part of advancing.
Overland Park has the lowest property tax rate (13.582 Mill Levy) of any city in Johnson County. The average homeowner in OP pays under $500 per year for services like police, fire, parks, and roads. Continuing to keep that rate low while still maintaining a high level of services for our residents will always be one of my major priorities. I know that your family is like mine, and you want to see that your hard-earned dollars are put to good use by city leaders who take the responsibility seriously. Understanding that there is a balance between spending, saving, and investing that has made our city great.
Our city has always been led with a strong vision. In order to keep our financial obligations to our citizens, we must continue our investment in quality roads, commit to those developing our communities, and attract new business. Our growth has always been why OP is so successful. Taking our foot off the gas now will not only slow us down it will cause us to go backwards.