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Overland Park Council Ward 1

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    Logan Heley

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What do you believe are the three critical projects or initiatives that will move your city/district forward?

What skills, expertise, experience, or competencies qualify you for this position?

How will you address diversity issues in your city?

What specific actions should your city take or continue to insure affordable housing is available?

What do you believe is the ideal relationship between your city and the state government?

Do you support tax incentives in order to bring business to your city?

Personal Biography Council Member Heley has lived in Ward 1 since 1994 and three generations of his family have called Overland Park home. He is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Kansas. Professionally, Heley works as the community engagement manager for Harvesters—The Community Food Network.
Campaign Address 8335 Santa Fe Lane
OPKS 66212
Campaign Phone (913) 660-4727
Campaign Web Site
Education A graduate of Shawnee Mission schools, Heley graduated Cum Laude from the University of Southern California with dual degrees in Broadcast Journalism and History. He is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Kansas.
Community/Public Service Sustainability being important to the future of our city’s quality of life, Heley is involved with the Overland Park Environmental Advisory Council and has served on the city’s Advisory Council on Parks + Recreation. He is also the Council representative of the Legacy of Greenery Committee. Heley also serves on the advisory board of Climate Action KC and the board of the Metropolitan Energy Center. He previously served on the Shawnee Mission UU Church Board of Trustees and the Alumni Network Advisory Board for the Youth Volunteer Corps. Heley is a Johnson County Citizens Academy graduate.
Transparency and engagement have been key priorities in my first term, as indicated by a few of those accomplishments I mentioned. I’ve also hosted more than two dozen town hall meetings for residents to engage with me directly. I was also the first Overland Park Councilmember to be active on social media. I plan to continue prioritizing transparency and engagement in my second term. In the next four years as we look towards the next 60 years of our city, I believe the issues of housing affordability, infrastructure, public health and safety, and climate change will need to be primary focuses of our elected officials if we hope to maintain the high quality of life we currently enjoy in our community.
Currently, I am a community engagement manager for Harvesters—The Community Food Network. I work with churches, schools, small businesses, neighborhood groups, clubs, government agencies, corporations, individuals, and more to facilitate food and fund donations that will help feed the 360,000+ people in our region who don’t know when or where their next meal will be. As a manager, I am responsible for a budget that will collect millions in monetary donations and pounds of donated food.

Our neighbors trust me. After work, I serve on the advisory board of Climate Action KC and the board of the Metropolitan Energy Center. I previously served on the Shawnee Mission UU Church Board of Trustees and the Alumni Network Advisory Board for the Youth Volunteer Corps. I’m also a Johnson County Citizens Academy graduate. I was the press intern at the White House and worked in constituent services as a Congressional intern.
ForwardOP, our city’s community vision, calls for us to be a welcoming city where people of all ages and from diverse backgrounds are engaged in the community. We need to do our part to reckon with our community's past and current systemic racism. I regularly engage with local social justice leaders and am a member of the Johnson County NAACP. The Governor’s Commission on Racial Equity and Justice offers our city a good set of recommendations for what we can do at the local level to ensure a more welcoming and engaging community for all.

In 2019, I led the City’s passing of legal protections for LGBTQ+ community members with an anti-discrimination ordinance, or NDO. To our LGBTQ friends who live, work, worship, attend schools, patronize our businesses: You deserve love, you deserve to live your life, you deserve respect and you’re welcome in the city of Overland Park.
I would support changes to zoning to allow for more diverse and affordable housing options in our city. As a recent first-time home buyer, I know first-hand that housing affordability is one of our community’s biggest challenges right now. The 2021 Johnson County Housing Study was recently released with recommendations on how to make our community more healthy and affordable for all. We need to do our part in Overland Park to help implement those recommendations. Among those recommendations, which I support, was adding more townhomes, patio homes, du-and tri-plexes, co-housing, and Accessory Dwelling Units to our city’s housing stock. That’s why when developers come asking for incentives, I tell them they need to help us make housing more affordable in our city. And I have a record of getting those commitments. We won’t solve this challenge overnight, but housing affordability is and will continue to be my top priority for our community.
I believe in the Home Rule law of the state of Kansas. Local elected officials should have ultimate authority in decision making for their communities, consistent with Home Rule.
I only support incentives if there is a financial return on investment for our taxpayers and for our schools. I have worked hard to ensure tax and incentive policies are focused on residents and community benefits, not wealthy developers. And that's why I don’t take a dime of campaign contributions from developers. Some incentives I’ve supported, and some incentives I haven’t supported, especially if they would raise our already-too-high sales tax rate. The key for me is always if our community is getting more benefit from the deal then we’re giving up. Since joining the Council, I’ve advocated for our city to update its incentive policies to prioritize diversifying our community’s housing portfolio, environmental sustainability, and social equity considerations as well as infill development (rather than greenfield).
Campaign Phone (480) 773-1202
Education B.S. Hospitality Management from Kansas State University M.S. Educational Psychology from Northern Arizona University
I think they would be balancing the budget so we don’t have to keep taking from the strategic reserves every year, deciding on and settling on the best alternative to chip seal usage in residential areas (something no other city in the county does), and ending off camera task forces to decide directional courses for the city.
I’ve been managing private business for over 10 years, I’m versed in business and payroll taxes, budgeting, and payroll costs. I’ve been a resident of Overland Park, on and off, for almost 30 years; I know taking your residents opinions and requests takes priority over any plan you think you have for the city because they know it best. I have always had a passion for politics, being heavily involved on-campus at K-State. I know the best local government is one you don’t even realize is there; doing what you’ve already asked them to do, efficiently and with minimal obtrusiveness on your daily life.
Overland Park is a great representation of the American social ideal, we have a wide range of ethnic and social diversity in the city that, overall, work really well together. I think any issues that arise need to be addressed intelligently and fairly. We’re lucky to live in a relatively quiet suburb and I would hope and expect our neighbors to approach any diversity related issues with an open mind about what’s best for the city and our future, as I would as a city councilor.
I think stopping the tax abatements and rezoning for “luxury” apartments is the number one thing we can do, these complexes do nothing but encourage more overpriced apartments, artificially raise surrounding property values, and price out long existing OP residents. If we are providing any sort of incentives, it should be to developers to build at or below market apartment complexes and be encouraging more single-family home development.
I believe each entity needs to both live up to the responsibilities outlined but also respect the authority and boundaries of each other. The city must abide but state laws, rules and regulations but I’d also like to see the state stay out of city business unless asked. A perfect example is the Highway 69 toll. That is a state funded highway that should be paid for, maintained, and improved with state (KDOT) funds, there was no reason to wrap the city up in the funding for adding a lane, which was planned to be added anyways.
I do think they can be used if used appropriately. Overland Park sells itself and every study done shows that tax incentives rank at the bottom, if not last, in the list of reasons CEO’s relocate somewhere; and they provide little to know economic difference when all other factors are considered. I’d much rather see that money go to aspects of our city that potential businesses see when considering a move: to our schools so outside companies see a well-educated and intelligent work force, infrastructure so outside companies see we care about employees wellbeing in transit and utilities, and local small businesses wanting to get started in the city so outside companies see that Overland Park cares about entrepreneurs in our own neighborhood.