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Johnson County Commission District 3

Johnson County Commission District 3

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    Stacy Obringer-Varhall

Biographical Information

What are the three greatest challenges facing Johnson County in the next five years, especially in light of the pandemic?

What makes you the best candidate for this position? What skills, expertise, or competencies qualify you?

How can Johnson County increase the stock of affordable housing for the elderly, young professionals, and the economically disadvantaged?

Should the 2021 Jo. Co. Charter be amended to allow for the partisan election of County Commissioners? Why or why not? Feel free to suggest other changes you would like to see reviewed.

What measures would you support to improve the county’s climate change and sustainability efforts?

What measures would you support to improve diversity and to fight racism?

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Personal Biography I grew up in Johnson County and have lived here for almost 40 years. My husband and I have two children. I have been actively involved locally with a career at Sprint and volunteer activities for over 25 years. I currently serve on the Blue Valley Board of Education and several other organizations. I have a strong personal attachment to Johnson County and am passionate about providing our next generation a wonderful place to call home in Johnson County.
Campaign Phone (913) 451-2511
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Education BA International Studies American University
Community/Public Service Blue Valley Board of Education for two terms with over 4 years in leadership, KSHSAA Board of Directors, Blue Valley Educational Foundation, Blue Valley Recreation Advisory Board, Indian Valley PTA President, Girls softball coach, Co-Chaired BV Bond Advocacy campaign, BV Legislative Advocacy and Education Group, and over 10 different BV advisory committees
Address 14020 Stearns St Overland Park, KS 66221
Obviously, the response to COVID-19 in the county is our #1 priority, which includes keeping citizens safe and rebuilding the Johnson County economy. Other priorities include enhancing services and support for mental health and aging.
I am the most qualified candidate withe the most relevant experience. I have practical experience with managing professional staff, large public budgets, and setting public policy. I served two terms on the Blue Valley School Board (also a 7 member non-partisan board) and have a proven track record of steady leadership and public service. I have 25 years of progressive community service ranging from coaching youth sports to leading passage of a multi-million dollar school bond. I spent 7 years working for Sprint and understand the needs of our business community. I also have experience starting and managing small businesses. I have demonstrated a record of inclusiveness and transparency throughout the course of my public service. I am well regarded in the community as evidenced by my numerous endorsements from civic leaders.
We need to get creative in our approach to encourage and incentivize affordable housing for those in many different stages of life. We need to provide robust age-in-place programs for our seniors. We should motivate developers to re-green older neighborhoods for young professionals and those economically disadvantaged. We should partner with large public service providers like schools, hospitals, emergency service, etc to provide some sort of subsidized apartment housing for those just starting out in “hero service” jobs. It’s time for some outside of the box thinking to keep people of all ages and income levels living in Johnson County.
In the next year there will be an opportunity to review the current Home Rule Charter approved in January 2012. I do not personally believe any changes are currently needed to the charter. However, if it is decided that another vote on the Charter is necessary, I would support the voters' right to choose. I believe the county is currently flourishing under the leadership of the non-partisan elected officials and the appointed administrative positions.
Johnson County government has already done quite a bit in the area of sustainability although there is always the opportunity to do more. The county should be a part of conversations to get businesses and individuals to implement proven ideas to address the climate change issue. We should continue to expand recycling opportunities for residents. This is an important issue and one we need to continue to work on.
I have been working with fellow school board members and administrators on this very important issue. The first step is to listen and learn. As much as we may be doing right now, it isn’t enough. We need to hold listening sessions for county residents to express their experiences and gain understanding. Once you begin to understand the issues and have an idea how systemic it is you can work with others in the community to build partnerships to find ways to encourage diversity and combat racism. This won’t be easy work but will be worth every effort.