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Overland Park Council Ward 6

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