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Lenexa Council Ward 4

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  • Scott Callaway
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    Craig K. Denny
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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?

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Personal Biography From Des Moines, Iowa. Graduated from Iowa State University with BS & MS degrees in civil engineering. Served in US Army Corps of Engineers. Later, earned PhD in civil engineering from University of Kansas. Licensed professional engineer in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Colorado & Illinois. Began engineering career with Terracon in Iowa before moving to Lenexa, Kansas in 1985. Retired from Terracon in 2021 as Senior Principal and Senior Engineering Consultant after 47-year career.
Campaign Phone (816) 225-5891
Campaign Email craigkdenny@gmail.com
Campaign Web Site http://craigdenny4lenexa.com
Education Bachelors & Masters degrees in Civil Engineering - Iowa State University; PhD degree in Civil Engineering - University of Kansas
Community/Public Service Shawnee Mission School Board - 20+ years; Lenexa Parks & Recreation Board - 25+ years; Lenexa's 100th Anniversary Celebration - Chair; Lenexa Vision 2030 - Co-chair; Lenexa Chamber of Commerce - Chair; Lenexa Economic Development Council - Chair; Lakeview Village Board of Directors
Lenexa Community Center/Senior Center reconstruction in Old Town Lenexa will benefit all residents, but especially those who reside nearby.

Construction/installation of new Wayside Horns by BNSF will reduce noise levels around the Noland Road and Pflumm Road railroad crossings.

Continued investment in pavement maintenance in all, but particularly older areas of the city.
I will bring leadership, listening and common sense experience to the Lenexa City Council from 1) a 47-year engineering career; 2) 27 years on Board of Directors of Terracon; 3) 20+ years on the Shawnee Mission School Board (President-5 years and Vice-president-3 years), 4) 25+ years on the Lenexa Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (10 years as Chair); 5) Chair of Lenexa Chamber of Commerce; 6) Chair of Lenexa Economic Development Council; 7) Lenexa 100 Chair; 8) Vision 2030 Co-chair; and 9) 12 years on Board of Directors of Lakeview Village.
I support Lenexa’s position on equity and diversity, which was approved in August 2020. In part, the statement reads: “As the elected leaders who represent the citizens of the City of Lenexa, we are dedicated to serving all who live, work, visit and play in Lenexa. We reject racism and oppression and believe that everyone should be treated with dignity and respect.” “Discrimination in all its forms is wrong and inconsistent with the City's values. We oppose discrimination toward any person on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.” The full statement can be viewed at https://www.lenexa.com/news/archived_news/joint_statement_regarding_equity_and_diversity
I agree that Lenexa has a role in supporting affordable housing in the region. “Affordable” can be defined in a number of ways, based on location/situation. Lenexa has an array of housing opportunities (ownership and rental) including single family, duplex/4-plex, multi-family and senior communities at various price points. The 2021 United Community Services (UCS) Housing Study provides guidance. Based on their practice with prior studies, I would expect Lenexa to conduct a thorough review of the Housing Study to determine where and how its recommendations and strategies align with Lenexa’s existing plans, policy, programs, and funding available to support the identified housing needs. Lenexa should continue to proactively collaborate on strategies that make sense to Lenexa and the region.
Ideally, city, county and state government should cooperate and collaborate on issues of mutual interest and affect. Each entity should thoroughly understand the others needs and limitations.
Yes, when appropriate, necessary and in the best interests of the city and development.