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Overland Park Council Ward 4

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    Dan Osman
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    Fred Spears
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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?

Personal Biography Attorney specializing in affirmative action compliance. Works to ensure women and minority owned businesses have opportunities on contracts. I've served for two terms (6 years total) as a school board member. I was born in Overland Park and live there today with my wife and two daughters.
Campaign Phone (913) 638-1107
Campaign Email osmanforop@gmail.com
Campaign Web Site http://www.OsmanForOP.com
Education University of Wisconsin-Madison: Behavioral Sciences & the Law University of Kansas - Lawrence: Juris Doctor
Address PO Box 26311 Overland Park, KS 66225
Web Site www.OsmanForOP.com
CampaignPhone (913) 638-1107
Web Address www.OsmanForOP.com
1) Public input. We as a city cannot get anywhere if we're not listening to what the residents want. We as elected officials cannot represent our constituents if we're deaf to their concerns. Overland Park desperately needs, at a minimum, an open comment section at the beginning of each committee and council meeting for resident input. It is extremely disappointing that this has not yet been implemented at City Hall.

2) Responsible use of our tax dollars. We cannot continue to fund through tax incentives every development that is proposed. It is an undue burden on the public. We need increased oversight of developments, stronger contract language, and independent third party analysis of their numbers. I work with developers every day on their contract compliance issues. They are understanding and amenable to the need for legitimate, reasonable, regulation. There is a happy middle ground that is a win for developers and a win for the public and I can help guide us there.
As an attorney, I'm trained to look at the law objectively and to analyze it appropriately. As a former non-partisan elected official, I understand how to work with people from all backgrounds and not dismiss opinions because of an R or D next to their name. I am always interested in investigating and learning and trying to solve and I do not let petty political squabbles get in the way of what's most important: listening and representing the people of Overland Park.
One option we can take is working with developers that ask for tax incentives to ensure that some percentage of the housing built is designated as affordable. This is what's done quite successfully in Kansas City, MO. We can also work to with state and federal agencies & various grant-providing entities, to allow Overland Park to provide subsidization to housing costs. Overland Park needs to show an interest in this because a city where the people who work cannot also afford to live within its boundaries is a city that will not thrive.
Yes. We absolutely should adopt an NDO. It is a shame that it's not on the books already.

To those who would say "let's let the state decide," my response is that they can absolutely decide but leaders are elected to lead, not to wait around for others to take action. Overland Park is the second biggest city in Kansas and the biggest in the metro. What we do compels others to take notice and, hopefully, passing an NDO would be the catalyst for other municipalities to do so as well.
Personal Biography I was raised in a family that instilled public participation as a core value which is reflected in my community and civic involvement. I have been on the City Council where I have served since 2003. I am currently Chair of our Public Works Committee, am a City representative to the MARC Board, have served as Council President and was a member and Chair on the Johnson County Storm Water Management Action Committee establishing storm water funding and policies for the County.
Campaign Phone (913) 681-0142
Campaign Email Spears4OP@mycci.net
Campaign Web Site http://FredSpearsforOP.com
Education BS Kansas State University, MS Central Missouri State University. Additional post graduate hours with business focus. Routinely take classes at JCCC.
Community/Public Service Harvesters Volunteer of the Year, Boy Scouts Award of Merit, Board Member Metropolitan Area Regional Council, volunteer at Cancer Society and Johnson County Developmental Supports, 30 year Rotary member and past President and Board Member, 30 year Overland Park Chamber of Commerce member; former HOA President.
Address 12016 Westgate Overland Park, KS 66213
Web Site FredSpearsForOP.com
CampaignPhone 913 681 0142
Champaign Phone (913) 681-0142
1. ForwardOP – engaging the residents to help design the future needs and desires of the City, including public safety and continuing our top rankings in the country for places to live, raise a family, start a business, retire, work and play by multiple ranking organizations.

2. Maintenance and rebuilding of infrastructure to - ensure our residents and visitors can get about the City easily, quickly and safely.

3. Economic Development – attracting employers and leisure or recreational amenities. The attraction of high paying jobs and leisure activities will pay dividends providing opportunities for our current and future residents. This is coupled with our excellent public school system which will provide well educated and qualified employees and a symbiotic relationship between the City and the Schools to ensure future success and opportunitiesfor their graduates.
I was raised in a family that instilled public participation as a core value which is reflected in my community and civic involvement.

I have been on the City Council where I have served since 2003. I am currently Chair of our Public Works Committee, am a City representative to the MARC Board, have served as Council President and was a member and Chair on the Johnson County Storm Water Management Action Committee establishing storm water funding and policies for the County. Operating a business made me extremely familiar with budgets, the importance of responsiveness to our residents, providing clear and direct answers to difficult issues, and the importance of working effectively with diverse groups and individuals.
Affordable housing is a very difficult issue. A number of years ago the City founded a Land Bank to provide a vehicle to purchase homes which we would rehab if necessary or provide opportunities for more affordable housing options for our residents. Unfortunately, due to the escalating costs, we have been unable to purchase any of these homes. While we still have the mechanism in place, no action has been taken. I have, as have other Council Members, had conversations with the Home Builders Association, developers, builders and realtors as to options, but none have come to fruition with workable plans to date. However some developers have approached our Planning Department with options where we could change our design guidelines allowing smaller lot sizes and other ideas that could provide smaller homes at a more reasonable cost. This is very early in the process but I am very receptive to hear from the developers and builders what options they may offer.
Not at this time. There are currently three cases pending before the Supreme Court that could dictate what protections are granted for the LGBTQ+ individuals. Rather than taking some actions now that are unenforceable and would create a new bureaucracy for the City, we should wait before taking action as I believe discrimination issues should be handled at a State or Federal level where adequate consistency and remedies can be enforceable. I anticipate action at the Federal level before action is taken at the State level in Kansas.

That being said, I am opposed to any form of discrimination against any group and am honored to have been endorsed by Equality Kansas.

When either the Kansas Legislature or the Supreme Court renders a decision that will or does impact this group of individuals, I will ensure that the City of Overland Park fully supports those appropriate changes to eliminate discrimination practices and actions.