Rachel Sciolaro is a Leawood resident who has been involved in Republican political organization work for a few years, but is now making a first run at an elective office. Sciolaro, 27, is one of the five candidates for Johnson County Commission in the First District.
Sciolaro has worked for Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and has been a surrogate speaker for Rick Perry at the Iowa caucuses and Newt Gingrich at the Kansas caucus in Prairie Village during their 2012 campaigns for president. She also campaigned for Mitt Romney during the 2012 election. She has been a Johnson County Republican delegate since 2010, a Kansas Republican Party State alternate delegate and an alternate delegate to the 2012 Republican national convention. She is a past chair of the Conservative Republicans of Southern Johnson County.
Sciolaro previously worked as an office coordinator for a surgical practice in the area and with legal services at the secretary of state’s office. She has a political science degree from University of Central Missouri and a degree in business administration from Johnson County Community College.
For the past several months, Sciolaro said, she has been attending meetings of the county commission and has learned about key issues in the race, which she listed as effective and efficient government services; overall transparency throughout the county budget, open communication with residents, regular top-to-bottom reviews of all county functions; and holding the line on taxes by controlling unnecessary spending.
“We live in a beautiful, growing county – a true economic engine in Kansas – thanks to the hard work and innovation of the many families and businesses who call Johnson County home,” Sciolaro said. “My goal on the county commission is to bring that same level of hard work and innovation to local government so we provide necessary services as effectively and efficiently as possible.”
“I am running for Johnson County Commissioner because I want to make a difference. As a 27-year-old young adult, I feel that young adults have the energy and passion to be an effective leader in local politics.”