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Wichita City Council Member 2

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Joseph Brian Scapa (N)

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What is the most important issue facing the city in the next 4 years?

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How will the level of debt the City is absorbing for the new projects affect taxes in the future?

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How important is downtown green space, access to the river and City Parks are to you?

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Transparency has been an issue recently, how do you think contracts and negotiations should be handled?

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How do you plan on ensuring diversity is accomplished in city issues?

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Why do you think you are the best candidate for this position?

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Becky Tuttle (N) Wichita City Council Member

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Personal Biography Becky Tuttle has over twenty years of professional experience engaging community partners through grassroots local coalition efforts focusing on tobacco, physical activity, healthy eating, oral health, fetal infant mortality and worksite wellness. The majority of the experience has focused on policy and environmental changes to improve the health of the community, thus spurring economic development.
Campaign Phone (316) 651-6099
Campaign Email beckyforwichita@gmail.com
Campaign Web Site http://beckytuttle.com
Education Ms. Tuttle has a Master of Arts from Appalachian State University in Student Development Administration and a Bachelor of Science from the University of South Dakota in Psychology and Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies.
Community/Public Service Tuttle is currently serving as the City of Wichita Council Member for District II, representing almost 70,000 residents in the north east portion of the city. Prior, Tuttle is served as the Community Development Director for the Greater Wichita YMCA, as well as facilitating the Health & Wellness Coalition of Wichita. The Community Development Branch Director provides leadership and management for outreach programs and services including volunteer development, partnership development, fiscal management, financial development, as well as the program and membership experience. The Health & Wellness Coalition of Wichita was established in 2004 and engages community members in healthy eating and increasing physical activity through program and policy implementation. Prior, Tuttle served as the Project Manager for Health ICT, an affiliate of the Medical Society of Sedgwick County. Health ICT is a four year initiative focusing on the prevention of diabetes, obesity, heart attack and stroke. Tuttle previously served as a Director of Wellness Initiatives for the Greater Wichita YMCA and was responsible for the coordination of numerous programs focusing on chronic disease prevention and management, including diabetes, cancer, youth obesity, arthritis, and worksite wellness. Tuttle also served at the Sedgwick County Health Department as the Community Health Planning and Performance Improvement Division Director, where she was responsible for public health department accreditation, quality improvement, community health assessment and improvement planning, workforce development, and strategic planning/performance management. Prior to serving as a Division Director, Tuttle served as the SCHD Health Promotion Coordinator for almost six years, with highlights including the first local health department selected for the NACDD STAR Site Visit process, 2 national “I’m Your Community Guide” awards from the Public Health Foundation and a NACCHO Model Practice designation for the Health Department’s “Business Case for Breastfeeding” initiative. Ms. Tuttle currently serves on the Kansas Public Health Association Board of Directors as Past President and as the Awards Committee Chairperson for eight years, Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition Past President, Health Alliance Past Chair, Health & Wellness Coalition Leadership Chair, Tobacco Free Wichita Coalition member, WorkWell Kansas Advisory Board, and has served on numerous local, state and national conference planning committees. Ms. Tuttle was also appointed by the City of Wichita Mayor to serve on City of Wichita District II Advisory Board, including serving as Chair, City of Wichita Park Foundation Board and City of Wichita Sister City Board. In addition, Ms. Tuttle has served as the Wichita Aero Club Gala Co-Chair for five years, raising funds for scholarships awarded to students interested in a career in aerospace. Ms. Tuttle is a Kansas Public Health Leadership Institute Scholar, Advance Kansas graduate, Dental Champion, Kansas Leadership Center Champion, Leadership Wichita participant, and Leadership Kansas nominee. Ms. Tuttle has led a grassroots initiative to educate the community on the importance role that health and public health plays in the community’s vitality, including the development and implementation of a Public Health Sister City Site Visit. Ms. Tuttle was also intricately involved in promoting civic engagement and implemented a “Vote Like a Mother” campaign in the fall of 2016 to encourage young mothers to vote in the upcoming elections. Her career highlights include numerous local, regional, state, and national awards, including serving as the Coordinator for Tobacco Free Youth Initiative in Indianapolis, Indiana, which received the 2001 American Public Health Association-GlaxoSmithKline Partnership for Healthy Children Award. She is the recipient of the 2012 Kansas Public Health Association Virginia Lockhart Health Education Award, 2016 Wichita Business Journal Women in Business honoree, 2017 Kansas Public Health Association President’s Award and 2017 Sedgwick County National Public Health Thank You Day Award Recipient. Tuttle was a 2016 finalist and 2018 recipient of the Health Equity Award offered by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Recreation and Park Association and was nominated by the City of Wichita Park and Recreation Department.
Address 9400 E Wilson Estates Parkway #404 Wichita, KS 67206
Web Site https://www.beckytuttle.com
CampaignPhone 316-651-6099
Champaign Phone 316-651-6099

What is the most important issue facing the city in the next 4 years?

A vibrant city provides safe and healthy opportunities to live well. A world-class community demands world-class facilities and Wichitans deserve places to gather and celebrate our culture and our city. Maintaining our infrastructure is vital for economic development and quality of life. We must revitalize our entrepreneurial ecosystem, remaining nimble to be reactive, yet proactive to reach our full potential with our “welcome mat” in full view as opportunity comes knocking. We must meet our ever changing employment demands by supporting partners that provide a skilled workforce and seek visionary and viable options or how we think Wichita should look in twenty years from now. We must invest in ourselves to help attract, retain and build talent, embracing a future generation mindset in strategic visioning to allow Wichita to boldly seize opportunities.

How will the level of debt the City is absorbing for the new projects affect taxes in the future?

One of the responsibilities of the City is to ensure everyone has the opportunity to live well. Current leadership is strategic in building productive public-private partnerships and ensuring that precious financial resources are utilized most effectively and efficiently with well-planned and monitored spending strategies. The goal of the current City Council and Mayor is to be fiscally responsible. The 2020 budget that I was involved in adopting, along with the current City Council and Mayor, is based on an estimated mill levy rate equal to last year's rate. This is the 26th consecutive year that the mill levy has remained stable.

How important is downtown green space, access to the river and City Parks are to you?

Because of my past experiences, it should be no surprise that quality of life issues are a priority for me. A world-class community demands world-class facilities and Wichitans deserve places to gather and celebrate our culture and our city. I have served on the Wichita Park Foundation Board, was instrumental in the implementation of Open Streets ICT and was a driving force in the implementation of Bike Share ICT. Quality of life is vital. Businesses and workers come to Wichita because we are a healthy community. Business and workers stay in Wichita because we are a healthy community.

Transparency has been an issue recently, how do you think contracts and negotiations should be handled?

I can say with complete conviction that while I have served in the role of City Council, representing District II since January 15, 2019, I have not witnessed any example, nor been involved in any situations that would be considered in appropriate. The current City Council, Mayor and staff leadership all strive to be as open to the community as possible. Discussions among the current leadership are occurring to seek additional opportunities to better serve the community while conducting business. One suggestion is that transparency can be ensured by having two or more Council Members/Mayor on each committee involving major decisions for the City. This strategy will provide an additional level of accountability and provide opportunities for multiple voices from the City to be heard.

How do you plan on ensuring diversity is accomplished in city issues?

The City of Wichita truly values diversity and seeks opportunities to ensure that many voices are heard. It is a policy of the City of Wichita to extend equal employment opportunities to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, age, political affiliation, sexual orientation, disability or other non-merit factors. In addition, people from every age, race, gender, level of ability and creed are encouraged to apply for positions to serve on boards and committees that are responsible for shaping the future of our great city. Also, I will continue to support the City of Wichita's commitment to the development and support of Emerging and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises. It is the policy and commitment of the City of Wichita to provide Emerging and Disadvantaged businesses the maximum opportunity to participate in, compete for and be utilized by the City of Wichita in its procurement of goods and services.

Why do you think you are the best candidate for this position?

I love Wichita and am proud to call it my home. I am committed to community service and driven to find ways to make Wichita even better. I have been extremely involved in the community for over two decades. I was on the City of Wichita District 2 Advisory Board for over 4 years, serving as chair for 1 year.I have demonstrated successes, including being instrumental in leading the community mobilization efforts that led to the state’s largest city becoming smoke-free. I provided integral support for the Wichita Bicycle Master Plan, Wichita Pedestrian Master Plan, Wichita Multi-Model Policy and Street Design Guidance and Wichita Wayfinding Plan, not only been part of the process, but have received funds to allocate to the City of Wichita for implementation of the plans. I have served on multiple community based organizations in leadership capacities. As the current City Council Member representing District 2, I am ready to continue to lead forward.

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Rodney Wren (N) Educator

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Personal Biography Thinker. Communicator. Teacher. 9 time national debate and speech champion
Campaign Phone (316) 288-6017
Campaign Email rodney.wren.sr@gmail.com
Education BA Communications MA American History & Government
Address 202 N Rock Rd Apt 109 Wichita, KS 67206
CampaignPhone 3162886017

What is the most important issue facing the city in the next 4 years?

Criminal Justice Reform Revitalizing south Wichita Stopping the cronyism that lines the pockets of the politically well connected with taxpayer dollars Making downtown Wichita a destination location

How will the level of debt the City is absorbing for the new projects affect taxes in the future?

They'll either have to go up, or the City will have to attract new investment and small business growth

How important is downtown green space, access to the river and City Parks are to you?

Important

Transparency has been an issue recently, how do you think contracts and negotiations should be handled?

Transparency has been an issue for many, many years. Contracts and negotiations should be as visible as possible through an open bidding system where the politically well connected aren't allowed to curry favor through their clout and influence of elected officials.

How do you plan on ensuring diversity is accomplished in city issues?

Like any good business person or leader: you choose the best candidate regardless of race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.

Why do you think you are the best candidate for this position?

As an educator in the fields of argumentation and persuasion – and debate coach – my daily job is to analyze policy options with an open mind and research all sides of various policies. I then am tasked with teaching high schoolers to set aside their biases and do the same thing. City Hall is in dire need of this kind of leadership instead of doing the bidding of the wealthy and “elite” members of our community. It’s time for a better way forward.