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    Cole Michael Robinson
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Personal Biography Cole is a third-generation Prairie Village resident. After graduating from Shawnee Mission East in 2002, he received a degree in Business Administration from KU. He went on to play professional poker for 10 years before transition into trading financial markets. After living abroad for several years, Cole and his wife Danielle returned to Prairie Village to continue raising their growing family. Cole and Danielle now have four kids and love taking advantage of everything PV has to offer.
Campaign Phone (785) 979-6094
Campaign Email cole@coleforpv.com
Campaign Web Site http://coleforpv.com
Education University of Kansas
- Local property taxes have risen dramatically in recent years. Currently, just about 16 percent of our property tax bill goes to Prairie Village, with the average Prairie Village resident paying about $70/month in municipal taxes. The council must be a good steward of those funds, prioritizing safety, infrastructure, and amenities that enhance a resident’s everyday life, while investing in the future growth and progress of our city. - As property values and therefore taxes continue to rise, it's critical that Prairie Village develops targeted relief to help residents stay in and maintain their homes. We should also be looking at opportunities to increase affordable housing opportunities in the city. - We all want Prairie Village to be a place we are proud to call home. We should take substantive steps to make sure our community is welcoming, inclusive and accessible to everyone.
I am a third-generation Prairie Village resident. My three brothers and I were raised in the same house my mom grew up in. We walked to school at Tomahawk Elementary, played countless baseball games at Porter Park, read all the books at Corinth Library, and spent our summers at the Prairie Village pool. After graduating from Shawnee Mission East in 2002, I earned a degree in Business Administration from KU. I eventually transitioned from playing poker to trading financial markets. I have always been self-employed with an entrepreneurial bent, making a living by finding creative ways to solve complex problems.When we decided to move back to America in 2017, my wife and I knew Prairie Village was where we wanted to raise our growing family. Since returing to Prairie Village, I have been actively involved in our schools and local government, working hard to make sure our community is a place that works for everyone.
Prairie Village has taken tangible steps to begin addressing diversity in our community. The city created a committee on diversity, celebrated Juneteenth for the first time, and for the first time in our city's history, our police department is led by a Black Chief of Police, Byran Roberson. I have been encouraged by the number of conversations I've had with residents who are eager to continue moving forward on this issue. I will work with residents to build on the progress our city has made and explore more ways we can make Prairie Village a more welcoming and accessible community for everyone.
I applaud the city's move to create a task force to examine housing affordability. As a member of city council, I would work towards diversifying the city's housing options and examine ways we can preserve the more affordable options that already exists. I would also examine tax incentive and rebate programs that would help offset the costs of rising property taxes for long-time residents.
An ideal relationship between city and state government is one of cooperation on the common interest of best serving the public. I would hope for an open line of communication to establish shared priorities and goals, including but not limited to spending and investment.

A thriving local economy benefits everyone, as long as everyone is contributing their fair share. Prairie Village residents should not foot the bill for development or pick up the tab on taxes that businesses refuse to pay. We should work together to create an environment that fosters local businesses without burdening residents.