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Lenexa Council Ward 4

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    Julie Sayers
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1. What do you believe are the three critical projects or initiatives that will move your city/district forward?

2. What skills, expertise, or competencies qualify you for this position?

3. What specific actions should your city take or continue to insure affordable housing is available?

4. Shawnee, Olathe, Lenexa, Overland Park candidates: Should your city adopt a non-discrimination ordinance that provides legal protections for LGBTQ+ individuals?

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Personal Biography I was born and raised in Topeka, Kansas and obtained my degree in Interior Design at the University of Kansas. Since then, I have called Johnson County home, the last five years of which have been in Lenexa.
Campaign Phone (913) 620-9023
Campaign Email julie4lenexa@gmail.com
Campaign Web Site http://www.julieforlenexa.com
Education Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design, University of Kansas 2004
Community/Public Service International Interior Design Association; Center for Architecture and Design Kansas City; Metro KC Climate Action Coalition; Moms Demand Action; Equality Kansas
Address 10121 Halsey St., Lenexa, KS 66215
Web Site www.julieforlenexa.com
1. The residents of Ward 4 want to see progress in the revitalization of the older parts of Eastern Lenexa. The City has conducted studies that need to now move into implementation. 2. I would like to be the City’s first representative among the leaders on the Metro KC Climate Action Coalition. This group is working on a regional approach that will allow municipalities to adopt ordinances related to energy usage, reduction of food waste, land use and other initiatives that can address global warming at a local level. 3. As we implement the Lenexa 2040 plan calling for neighborhood “nodes” of amenities that are close in proximity to individual neighborhoods, we need to be working in parallel with our Complete Streets plan to make a distinction between the trail system and implementation of bike infrastructure in order to ensure that all parts of Lenexa are walkable and bikable.
In my career as a Commercial Interior Designer, I have spent the past 15 years focused on protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public. Architects and Designers have the profound responsibility of making sustainable choices for the environment, while stewarding the structures in which people in this country spend 90% of their time: spaces in which we learn, heal, work, and play. I am running for City Council in Lenexa because it is the natural progression of the passion I have for ensuring that my community, neighbors and friends have the tools they need to thrive, while each doing our part to safeguard our planet for generations to come.
1. Additional promotion of The City’s revitalization cost-sharing programs that are available to homeowners with older homes in Ward 4 to ensure that existing housing stock remains attractive/affordable to new residents 2. Adaptive reuse of existing buildings 3. Revisit zoning ordinances and development standards to create more variety in housing types: small single-family, duplexes, multi-family, etc.
Lenexans pride themselves on being a friendly, welcoming and connected community, and I believe it to be of utmost importance to ensure inclusivity of everyone in our community. If elected, I would be strongly in favor of a city ordinance to include protections for sexuality and gender identity, similar to those that have been adopted by smaller communities in Johnson County. Of the larger cities, we have the opportunity to be a leader by adopting an NDO and set the example of how local policy can send a message to higher levels of government.