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John W. Bacon (N)

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

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

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

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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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Alan Marston (N) Senior Asset Protection & Safety Manager for Lowe’s Home Improvement

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Personal Biography Alan was born in Boston, MA and later moved to Oklahoma. After graduating high school, Alan joined the Army, serving for 6 years. Alan then attended and graduated from Missouri Southern and began his career in Retail Loss Prevention. Alan moved to Johnson County in late 2000, and to Olathe in 2002. Alan is married to his wife Jill. Together they have 2 daughters, both enrolled in college, and two dogs, who are not attending school. Alan is an avid music fan and trivia buff.
Campaign Phone (913) 303-1402
Campaign Email Marston4Olathe@gmail.com
Campaign Web Site http://www.Marston4Olathe.com
Education Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration and Law Enforcement Sciences from Missouri Southern State University
Community/Public Service - Veteran of the US Army; served in Desert Shield and as a Military Police Officer - Served as a Civilian Police Officer in Carthage Missouri - 2018 Olathe Strategic Planning Advisory Board Member - Olathe Parks & Recreation Advocacy Committee Member - Co-Founder of CODE, a ​non-profit coalition that promotes diversity and equality - Graduate of Olathe's Civic Academy - Veterans Voices Writing Project Ambassador - Olathe Noon Rotary Member
Address 14563 S. Constance St.

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

1) Affordable Housing. We can better serve our community by working with developers to ensure we have a range of price options for housing, apartments, and retirement communities. We also must work with the county and volunteer organizations to assist those who are currently experiencing homelessness. 2) Developing sustainable and durable infrastructure. At our rate of growth, Olathe’s infrastructure will fail. We must prepare for our future. 3) Increase transparency and accountability of the city council. The first step will be to expand the televised portion of all city council meetings to include the entire meeting. Many are unable to attend in person or have a disability. By expanding the broadcast, we will be more inclusive for our residents and more accountable to them.

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

As a veteran, I have the strong desire to continue to serve my community. As a former police officer, I have strong conflict resolution skills. As a manager, I know what it takes to work with, and as a team, to achieve positive results. As an investigator, I know to base decisions on the facts and to pay attention to the details.

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

Work with developers to ensure that their projects either include affordably priced units or they offset their expensive development with one that is more reasonably priced. There must be housing available for young adults just starting their lives. There should also be affordable options for our older population, so they can age in place.

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

Absolutely. There is no room for discrimination of any sort in Olathe. Since the State of Kansas is unable to protect the LGBTQ+ community from being denied employment, housing, or services, it is up to the municipal governments to protect our residents.