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Johnson County Commission District 6

Johnson County Commission District 6

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    Shirley Allenbrand

  • Mike Brown

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?

Personal Biography I am a Johnson County native and have been engaged in community service all my life. I come from a family that BELIEVES STRONGLY that service is a privilege and duty. My children grew up in the Olathe School district. My grandchildren are attending the DeSoto School district. My last five years I have worked in residential and commercial projects primarily in senior living communities. I have experience and background in developing and working on affordable housing in KS and other states.
Campaign Phone (913) 579-8206
Education Olathe School District Johnson County Community College MidAmerica Nazarene University Graduate of Stevens Lutheran Ministry
Community/Public Service I have had numerous positions in my lifetime. Currently serving on the Olathe Planning Commission, Member of the Olathe, Gardner Edgerton, and DeSoto Chamber of Commerce. 100 Women in Giving Olathe School Foundation. Original member of Heart to Heart Airlift. In 2000, created programming in KS “memories in the making program” for Alzheimer’s and other dementia diseases. Advancedment Board of the University of Kansas Hospital. Women Who Mean Business Award, 2013. 2006 selected from Mayo Clinic’s national coalition for women. Served on the Friends of Cedar Crest board from 2009-2018. Served on the Theater in the Park JCPRD board. In summary, I have worked on legislative bills for senior living in KS. In 1995-2006 I instructed classes for assisted living with KDHE and KS Healthcare Association. In 1998, award of Merit, Kansas department of commerce association. I have received several national, local and statewide recognition awards for design and development.
Address 26879 W Shadow Circle Olathe, KS 66061
We need to rebuild our economy and keep our businesses in a safe environment with COVID-19. In doing that, we need to ensure public safety, fire department, sheriff office and district attorney. Provide quality library’s and parks & recreation services. Improve mental health and affordable housing in the county. While accomplishing that we need to support fiscal responsibility with taxpayer dollars to rebuild our Economy. How I would accomplish that is collaborate with citizens, medical experts, businesses, nonprofits, and local government to provide efficient services with a high quality of life.
I am a native of Johnson County and been engaged in community service all my life. I have spent my lifetime in community service not only in Johnson County but on a state and national level. I have run a successful business here in the healthcare senior living industry. I educated myself and my children in the Olathe School District and now my grandchildren in the DeSoto School District. I am running for Johnson County Commissioner District #6 because I believe with your help we can make a difference. With my extensive background in community and as a long time professional in the healthcare industry, I understand the importance of leadership during a healthcare crisis. My leadership style is to listen to all voices and let the county management team do their job and not micromanage because you will create failure. It’s time to get things done and not create a circus of our county.
With my past experience working in residential and commercial projects primarily in senior living communities not only in Kansas but other states as well. First of all I would create a think tank of citizens, non for profits organizations, chamber and city officials to find out the needs. In my canvassing of district 6, I have found different needs in affordable housing from residents. With these think tanks I would put a plan together to finance and develop the needs. I have found in areas of Olathe a need for affordable housing different from those of need in Edgerton and DeSoto. With my experience and background I want to be apart of the solution.
I believe the home rule charter should stand as written. I know there’s been some talk of making this a partisan position of the county commissioners and I think this is wrong. Sewers, jails, parks and libraries in Johnson County are not partisan and every voice should be heard and it shouldn’t matter about politics. Administrative positions should not be elected but are hired by the county manager and overseen with their experience and background.
We must continue to Improve and expand our sustainability efforts. To their credit compared to local governments in Kansas, the Johnson County local governments all have sustainability efforts and have done much to begin to address those areas. However, as a next step all of the county local governments need to work together to inform the public and businesses of best practices that help address climate change. Additionally, Kansas has been a leader in promoting wind energy. Every single measure will help.
There is no doubt that recent events have impacted an awakening of all Americans as the importance of improving cultures and actions. There are many actions for improvement that can be taken in Johnson County. First, I am proud of the fact that our local governments have implemented many years ago the 8 recommendations for violence elimination within public safety officials. Second, there are several opportunities for information and education at all levels such as better racism education in K-12 for a start. Additionally there is a consulting firm called REI who has had some success in KC with awareness education for business people. Third, I would hire someone like the Center for Creative Leadership to come to our community and conduct open safe conversations about racism and diversity in our community. Fourth, I would look at a collaborative effort to bring in some group like Jopwell to help our community attract diverse workers to Johnson County.
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