Shawnee County Commissioner District 3
Shawnee County Commissioner District 3
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Aaron D. Mays
What is the Commission’s role in ensuring all County departments carry out their duties in a fair and equitable manner addressing the unique needs of communities across the County? What specific steps will you take to ensure county services are available to all residents?
What new services are necessary to improve the quality of life in Shawnee County? What will you do to establish and implement those services?
What will you do to ensure that the public health system in the County is sufficiently robust to meet the direct healthcare needs of low income and uninsured residents while addressing the broad goals of public health?
What is your position on implementation of the County long range plan?
What will you do to ensure that the Election Office provides ample opportunity for voters to access voting opportunities, including expanded days and locations to vote in advance of election day?
I'm a lifelong Topekan and a proud graduate of Topeka Public Schools. Throughout my entire life, I have enjoyed being active in various volunteer opportunities. In 2017 I made the decision to take my love for our community to the next level and was elected to the Topeka City Council. I was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Shawnee County Commission in 2019. I reside in SW Topeka with my wife Tara and our two sons. I enjoy coaching little league baseball in my spare time.
Topeka High School
Washburn University - BA
Baker University - MBA
Kansas Operation Lifesaver
Topeka Public Schools Foundation
Bright Circle Preschool
Youth Sports Coach
Shawnee County Civil Service Board
First United Methodist Church
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Aaron Douglas Art Fair
The Commission districts were designed in such a way that each of us represent a wide variety of residents. Shawnee County coordinates with cities and townships to ensure that all citizens can have the quality of life that they expect. Since joining the Commission, we have improved a park in Auburn, acted swiftly to repair the Rossville pool, we've replaced playground equipment in several neighborhood parks across the City if Topeka.
The highest priority for me is reducing crime. Recently, I advocated and voted to add funding to the District Attorney's 2021 budget to create a new program called Strategies Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE). The goal of the SAVE program is to utilize community resources outside of law enforcement to reduce violent crime. The program is truly citizen driven and has been successful in other communities.
The role of Public Health has changed considerably since COVID-19 showed up. Our staff at Shawnee County has scaled our efforts in order to keep up with the increasing demands. In addition to COVID-19, the office is still providing services and education to the uninsured and underinsured populations.
The County’s long-range plan was adopted in 2018. Many people spent many hours putting together a comprehensive plan for success in the next 20 years. As with any plan, we should do our best to follow it when possible. However, predicting the future is difficult. Circumstances will change and we need to remain flexible and continuously adapt to the needs of our community.
The Shawnee County Election Office is one of the best in the State of Kansas. Leadership at the election office has worked to provide advance voting opportunities as well as convenient election day polling places for many years. As a County Commissioner, I feel that I can best support their mission by ensuring the office has adequate funding for direct mail, poll workers, technology improvements, and training.
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