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Olathe Council Ward 3

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    LeEtta Felter

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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 LeEtta Felter is a public servant, child advocate, public education advocate, writer, artist, photographer, public speaker, farmer, rancher, entrepreneur, and businesswoman from Olathe, Kansas.
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Education LeEtta is currently studying to earn a Doctorate of Education in Administration and Leadership (Ed.D), Southern Nazarene University. Master of Business Administration (MBA), Baker University. Bachelor of Business Administration, Southern Nazarene University.
Community/Public Service A LIFE DEDICATED TO OTHERS... ​ Olathe Public Schools Board of Education (2011-current); Kansas Children's Cabinet & Trust Fund Board (currently serving, second 4-year term); Founder of Masks of Mercy 2020; Cathedral Builder Award Recipient for work with Masks of Mercy 2021; Olathe 2040: Future Ready Advisory Board Member; Mercy Board, College Church of the Nazarene - current; Patriotic Civilian Service Award from the US Army 2011; Leadership Olathe class of 2016; Olathe Public Schools Foundation 2015-2018; JoCo Suicide Prevention Coalition 2013-current; Kansas Association of School Boards; National Association of School Boards; JoCo Leadership Academy 2017; Co-founder Olathe Loves Oklahoma 2013; Olathe Head Start Policy Council 2011-2014; Olathe Professional Firefighters Outreach Board 2020-current; Patriot Guard Rider 2012-current; Selective Service Board 2013-current; Community Organizer for Stand for Spencer 2011; Community Organizer for Community4Cale 2012; College Age Leadership Team College Church of the Nazarene; Graduate of Avila’s Women’s Leadership Institute 1997.
Our priority should be focused on implementing the strategic plan that was developed based on broad collaborative input from across our great City. Olathe 2040: FUTURE READY provides us the vision framework to assure that Olathe maintains the exceptionality that makes Olathe one of the very best cities in which to live, work, raise a family, attend school, start a business, invest, retire, play and more, by focusing our efforts and resources on Quality of Life, Infrastructure, Economy and Exceptional Services.
Passion: I am passionate about the City of Olathe and have invested in the success of Olathe in many ways. We started our successful business here in 1997 and have consistently provided quality jobs and growth opportunities for the citizens of Olathe. I am involved in our community in many areas, working daily to make the lives of our citizens better in a tangible way.

Experience: I am an exceptional policy maker with a proven track record and sterling reputation as the longest current serving member on the Olathe School District Board of Education, the largest school district in Johnson County and second largest district in the state of Kansas. I am currently serving in my third 4-term in this elected volunteer position. My education has prepared me well for service in this capacity.

Servant Leader: While I enjoy my day job, my real passion is public service and investing in the lives of others.
The City of Olathe is a community that cares and collaborates. This makes us exceptional. Diversity isn’t just about differences in race or gender, it is so much more…inclusive diversity capitalizes on our different backgrounds, mindsets and experiences. Diverse communities that are intentional about their efforts to make all feel safe and welcomed with a sense of belonging, are more creative and innovative, and often avoid unintended consequences that come when critical decisions are made in a void. To cultivate a community that embraces inclusive diversity I will continue to lead with deliberate communication and transparency and intentionally create opportunities for all. I firmly believe that we are better together and my priority is Building Community within the City of Olathe.
Every growing city in the United States faces the issue of affordable housing shortage. In Johnson County, Kansas we have a general housing shortage in addition to an affordable housing shortage. The Olathe Housing Authority provides subsidized housing in the form of public housing and Section 8 vouchers. The demand for subsidized housing far out paces the supply. While there is no magic wand here, there are creative public/private partnerships that have had success in ensuring affordable housing is available, as well as policies that increase local incentives and local accountability for accommodating more affordable housing development. With the price of land, development costs, and lately even the price of lumber, this is a persistent issue that isn’t going away without intentional strategies. I look forward to working collaboratively with our county, state and federal governments as well as local nonprofit organizations and businesses to creatively make housing attainable.
Kansans love local control. Perhaps it’s our midwestern work ethic and high expectations for responsive local governments, or perhaps we know that Jefferson spoke the truth when he famously said, “The government closest to the people serves the people best.” I too believe that the will of the local voters is best served by government closer to the people. This situation is highlighted perfectly as stated in the City’s Legislative Positions, “Currently every Olathe resident can vote directly for four of the seven members of the City Council, and yet Olathe residents can only vote for two of the 165 members of the Kansas Legislature.” I support home rule, or the autonomy of local government to the greatest extent allowed within the Constitution and the Statutes of Kansas.
I support the strategic and narrowly focused use of tax incentives to bring business to Olathe. Tax incentives are a critical tool in attracting desired investment in any city, and key to growing diversity in our community. My priority is a coherent, strategic, and transparent tax system.
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