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Shawnee Council Ward 3

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  • Kurt Knappen

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    Dawn Rattan

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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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Campaign Phone (913) 461-3382
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Education B.S. Chemical Engineering Florida A&M University 1996
Community/Public Service Member of Shawnee Chamber of Commerce Member of Shawnee Tomorrow class of 2019 Member of Leadership 2000 through the KCK Chamber of Commerce Cochair Sunflower House Gala Cochair Braden's Hope Gala Cochair sacred Gala Membeer of Jack & Jill of America, Joco Chapter
Address 22825 W 47th St, Shawnee, KS 66226
CampaignPhone 9134613382
Masterplanning - We need a comprehensive, longer term masterplan that we use to guide our decisions over the next 10-15 years. Stormwater drain repair - We must have confidence in our infrastructure and repair the drains in a timely manner. Belmont and Westbrooke Green developments - These projects can bring additional taxes in to our city from businesses, plus provide some goods and services that we are lacking.

My platform: Smart Economic Development for a thriving and welcoming community with a range of business to meet all of residents needs.

Transparency in communication from decision making, easily accessible information, a means to give constructive input, and elimination of misinformation.

Healthy Shawnee with better walkability, healthy restaurants, parks & re promotions, increased use of our amenities that attract people and businesses to Shawnee
I've had 3 careers: first as a manager at Procter & Gamble after receiving a Chemical Engineering degree, then a Stay at Home mom after my 3rd kid was born, and currently as a small business owner (Village West Discount Liquors & EverFit) Similar to starting up EverFit. I’ll learn everything that I can about how the city functions then find where I can contribute and make a positive difference. I’ll continue learning and talking to resources to stay on top of information. Similar to working at Procter & Gamble. I’ll build relationships, help set priorities, and make decision based off of our masterplan. I’ll also make sure that we stay on track with our budget. When I make mistakes, I will learn from them. Customer service is important at EverFit and Village West Liquors and similarly, I’ll listen and work to meet resident's needs as a servant leader. I’ll also work actively to enhance their quality of life and help the city thrive.
The leaders of the city must unanimously support the goal of affordable housing and realize its importance to our economic vitality. We can look at successful models from the US and reapply them. Other cities have tried inclusionary zoning or non-profit community land trusts as means to create affordable housing. For inclusionary zoning developers must build a small percentage of their homes prices for people earning 80% of the Area Median Income. In a CLT, the trust acquires land and maintains ownership of it permanently. With prospective homeowners, it enters into a long-term, renewable lease instead of a traditional sale. When the homeowner sells, the family earns only a portion of the increased property value. The remainder is kept by the trust, preserving the affordability for future low- to moderate-income families.
Should your city adopt a non-discrimination ordinance that provides legal protections for LGBTQ+ individuals? Yes, we are a welcoming and diverse community already. This is another factor to help with economic growth and can impact the bottom line for small businesses. People and businesses want their home city to line up with their own value systems. All should feel welcome and safe when they are in Shawnee. Some cities are waiting for the state to make the first move, but I think the local communities will drive the change and that we should be progressive in creating the NDO for Shawnee.