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Overland Park Council Ward 6

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Rick Collins (N) Retired Attorney At Law

Biographical Information

Personal Biography OP resident since 1987. BA in Economics and Political Science (double major) from UMKC. J.D. from UMKC. OP Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Chairman of the Board. OP Planning Commission and Chairman. OP City Council since 2011.
Campaign Phone (913) 685-3148
Campaign Email rcollins31@kc.rr.com
Education BA in Economics and Political Science (double major) from UMKC. J.D. from UMKC.
Community/Public Service OP Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Chairman of the Board. OP Planning Commission and Chairman. OP City Council since 2011.
Address 15423 Woodward Overland Park, KS 66223
Web Site www.collinsforopcitycouncil.com
CampaignPhone 913-685-3148
Champaign Phone (913) 685-3148

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

A) Forward OP B) Obtain funding for 69 highway improvement. C) Monitor sources of revenue to insure vitality of mature sections of Overland Park.

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

After graduating from law school, I practiced law in downtown Kansas City, Missouri and observed first hand its decline and its causes which I hope to avoid in OP. I served on the OP Chamber of Commerce Board of Directorss (and as its chairman) for 6 years, and I understand the symbiotic relationship between the business/development community, city government and OP’s citizens. I served on the OP Planning Commission for 10 years (and as its chairman), and I have seen the city grow organically and systematically. I know where the city has been and where it is going. As a city council member for the last two terms, I understand that more needs to be done to insure that we maintain our city as a quality place in which to work, live, and play.

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

OP needs to first define “affordable”, perhaps with “attainable.” Next, we need to identify the various barriers to attainable housing, such as building codes which may add to the cost of the housing, design guidelines such as building setbacks which require more land area which drives up the cost. And we need to educate our citizens on the need for attainable housing.

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

I voted for OP Resolution 4507which declares it to be the policy of OP to reject discrimination of any kind. OP has also made this policy part of the city’s Kansas legislative program. I believe that protection of civil rights is a federal obligation, and I am monitoring the cases that will come before the US Supreme Court. My hope and expectation is that a positive decision from the Supreme Court will provide a layer of protection affordable to all. If the federal government fails in that regard and leaves it to local authorities, then I think that we should act.

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Scott Hamblin (N) Air Traffic Control

Biographical Information

Personal Biography I am a lifelong resident of Johnson County and have lived in Overland Park for over 15 years. I am happily married with four great children all attending the outstanding Blue Valley schools. Currently I work as an Air Traffic Controller and spend most of my free time coaching youth sports. Something I find both enjoyable and rewarding by helping youth from all backgrounds perform at their best.
Campaign Phone (913) 278-3356
Education Dual Major Bachelor Degree Aeronautical Technology & Airway Science
Community/Public Service I have held several elected positions with the National Air Traffic Control Association both as a member of the local Executive Board and Treasurer. These elected offices operate in a manner where hard decision must be made and budgets must be balanced. Our city budget will be a critical matter addressed at a critical time during the upcoming term for city council.
Address 17735 Garnett Street, Overland Park, KS, 66221
Web Site ScottHamblinforCityCouncil.com
CampaignPhone 913-278-3356
Web Address ScottHamblinforCityCouncil.com

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

1. Communication with residents! 2. Return spending to a level we can afford without having to use the city reserves. 3. Make logical choices free from lobbyists and in the best interest for the future of our city. Not only will this help reduce spending and tax giveaways it will also allow us to fund basic services like our understaffed police force. We can better prepare for the potential "Dark Store Theory" that City Manager Bill Ebel refers to as "catastrophic" and yet our current leadership has not addressed. Without handouts to lobbyists we can avoid future urban sprawl and afford to maintain the failing infrastructure such as road and sidewalk in already developed areas of the city.

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

One of the qualities I bring is that I do not have 18 years of baggage from lobbyists and influence that comes from being a career politician and in one office for too long. I bring a fresh perspective not influenced by any special interest, I am not beholden to any current politician, and I am simply doing this to ensure a healthy future for the residents of Overland Park

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

I believe taking on the challenge of affordable housing is a worthy cause. I also believe it brings significant challenges. For instance, as a candidate for Ward 6, this issue is a bit of a different animal. Do I believe in building apartments next to estate homes in southern area of the ward? Absolutely not. High property values is also a sign of a healthy economy. Many residents are not interested in seeing their property values drop because of actions taken by the government. People put a lot of their wealth into their homes and I do not believe in taking any action to negatively effect the wealth of Ward 6 residents. Are their areas and ideas where we can take action, absolutely. This must be a well thought out and executed plan.

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

Absolutely. What else is there to say, haven't we been down this path? This is not the 1950's and 60's anymore, and everyone deserves to be treated equal.