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Lenexa Council Ward 1

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    Courtney Eiterich
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    Chris Poss
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Biographical Information

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?

Personal Biography As a life-long resident of Greater Kansas City, my family has called Lenexa our home for the past nine years. Dirk and I have been married for 13 years and have three boys: Aydan, 17, Bryson, and Rowan, 11. Yes, they’re twins; no, they aren’t identical! When I am not spending time on advocacy in the community, I substitute teach in the Olathe Public School District and do wine education events.
Campaign Phone (913) 522-9423
Campaign Web Site http://courtneyforkansas.org
Education BGS in Public Administration - University of Kansas Journeyman Electrician - UAW/GM Apprenticeship Program
Community/Public Service Government Relations Advocacy Committee/Chair (6 years) Manchester Park Elementary PTO – Treasurer (2 terms) Greater Kansas City Alumnae Panhellenic Delegate/Treasurer (15 years/2.5 years) Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity (25 years) Walk MS Committee (5 years) United Way of Wyandotte County – Loaned Executive (2 years) Multiples of Kansas City – President (2 terms) Multiples of America – Meeting Planner (2 terms) Precinct Committeewoman
Address 21019 Bittersweet Dr Lenexa, KS 66220
Web Site www.courtneyforkansas.org
CampaignPhone (913) 522-9423
First, I would like to see a vision that focuses on sustainability for the long-range future. We can do better when it comes to prioritizing green initiatives by creating more walkability / bikeability, urban forestry and creating a culture around waste and recycling. Second, a non-discrimination ordinance is something that should be addressed immediately. Our LGBTQ+ neighbors deserve protections that include sexual orientation and gender identity. When a municipality supports all of its residents, the community will thrive. Lastly, I would like to focus on an initiative to get more citizens engaged in local government. I want them to be able to access all of the resources available to them and know that their voice matters.
As a journeyman electrician with a public administration degree, my background encompasses construction, labor relations, city governance and development. As an educator, I know how to listen and communicate effectively. I have spent the last 6 years advocating for others by being a part of the process. I have held numerous meetings with legislators, held press conferences, testified at the statehouse and given rally speeches to raise awareness and make change. I am not afraid to ask the questions, to roll up my sleeves and do the work, and to fight for what is best for our residents.
The affordable housing crisis is very real and deserves much-needed attention. However, I feel like there needs to be a multi-faceted approach to address these issues. With many baby boomers downsizing and the rise in the rental market, prices are getting higher and higher in what used to be affordable areas. There should be a balance between affordable rentals and affordable homeownership incorporated into a comprehensive plan.
Absolutely, no one should be discriminated against for simply being who they were meant to be. It is our responsibility to meet the needs of our residents, all residents, where the state and federal governments have failed to protect. I am pleased to see some movement on this issue as it is the right thing to do.
Personal Biography Kansas native, Chris Poss learned the values of hard work and commitment working on the family farm. Chris earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management from PSU. He and his wife Stephanie, a former teacher, have lived in Lenexa since 2010. They chose to call Lenexa home because of everything the community has to offer. Being involved in the community is important to Chris and some of his activities include coaching his sons, serving on the Planning Commission, community volunteering.
Campaign Phone (913) 274-0800
Campaign Email possforlenexa@gmail.com
Campaign Web Site http://www.possforlenexa.com
Education Bachelor of Science and Technology in Construction Management from Pittsburg State University
Community/Public Service Lenexa Planning Commission: 2012 – Present - Vice Chairman: 2015-2016 - Chairman: 2016 – Present
Address 24505 W. 91st Pl. Lenexa, KS 66227
Web Site www.possforlenexa.com
Champaign Phone (913) 274-0800
The city of Lenexa is and has been moving in a positive direction for a number of years. This is shown in the citizen satisfaction surveys. Lenexa consistently scores well above national averages and also outperforms neighboring jurisdictions. To keep the city moving forward in a positive direction, I believe we need to build upon the things we do well -

1. Continued investments in the core city functions - Fire, Police, Parks & Recreation and maintaining existing infrastructure.

2. Planned growth and strategic development - Quality developments in undeveloped areas of the city while maintaining and redeveloping older areas of the community.

3. Fiscal responsibility - Lenexa has a AAA bond rating and has decreased the mill levy for the second consecutive year. The city of Lenexa has long history of making investments when needed and pulling back when necessary, while still maintaining core city services.
In my professional life, I’m a Construction Manager for a national grocer. I’ve worked on a variety of projects in my career from single and multi-family residential housing, commercial and government projects. Some of the key skills necessary for this position is short & long term planning, effective communication, budgeting, and problem solving.

I’ve also served on the Lenexa Planning Commission for seven years, including three as the Chairman. During this invaluable experience, I have learned the processes involved with local government, leadership, and working with city staff, and governing body of Lenexa to move the city forward.

With my professional and Planning Commission experience I understand firsthand the opportunities and challenges associated with growth and development in Lenexa.
The city of Lenexa currently has a diverse housing supply, including multi-family options ranging from duplexes to multi-building apartment complexes, and single family homes available for rent or ownership. Rental rates vary across the city and single family homes range in price from the low-100’s up to a 1 million plus. The median home value in 2016 was $238,261 and is projected to be $257,565 in 2021. The current comprehensive plan has an emphasis on the need for smaller single family homes for first time buyers and senior housing. These options should be reviewed and considered when residential projects are presented. I would welcome discussion on the topic, however we must have applications from the private sector to take action as the city does not develop nor own residential properties.
I support the rights of all individuals and I believe everyone should be treated equally. Regardless of the person’s race, gender, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation. Discrimination of anyone should not be tolerated in any way, shape, or form.

Non-discrimination should be a given right at the state and federal levels. I’m concerned that the patch work of cities passing NDO’s is going to create confusion and the goal of equality for everyone could get lost. But if passing it at the local level means further progress at the more appropriate levels then I support moving forward, subject to reading of the final reading of the final ordinance.