Election preview: Fairway City Council races

Fairway residents in at least two wards have active contests for city council seats in next week’s Spring election, with some seats being uncontested.

Mayor Jerry Wiley is also running for a second term, but is unopposed and David Watkins is unopposed for the third ward council seat. In the first ward, both Melanie Hepperly and Chris Gigstad will appear on the ballot, but the city received a notice in early February from Gigstad that he wishes to withdraw from the race. However, the deadline to be removed from the ballot had passed.

Current councilors Jeff Armstrong (ward three) and Dane Lee (ward four) are not seeking re-election this year.

Each of the candidates provided profiles for the last March Focus on Fairway newsletter. Full information can be found here. Following is a summary in contested ballot races:

Ward One

Name: Melanie Hepperly

Occupation: Sosland Companies Inc.; 28 years as vice president, CFO and treasurer

Education:C PA; BS in accounting from Kansas State; MBA from KU

Years in Fairway: 12 years

Offices/Affiliations: Fairway Council 4 years, 2 years as president; finance, parks and recreation and administration committee service; Wayside Waifs board of directors

Goals for term: To maintain fiscal responsibility while providing needed services; ensure public safety is a priority; evolve long-range planning process to secure a strong vision for Fairway; maintain property values; continue to manage current debt.

Name: Chris Gigstad

Advised the city on February 5 that he wishes to withdraw from the election.

Ward Two

Name: Michael Staley

Occupation: 38 years as an industrial designer

Education: BFA in design at Kansas Art Institute and graduate studies at KU

Years in Fairway: 22 years

Offices/Affiliations: Industrial Design Society of America; Point of Purchase Advertising International

Goals for term: Wants to preserve and protect qualities that make Fairway a great place to live; Continue present movement dedicated to transparency and inclusion of all residents; Listen and learn from Ward 2 neighbors; as a resident with property bordering Rock Creek with personal experience of the dramatic and adverse effects of upstream development, to push for action in finding solutions for our neighbors who find themselves in peril through no fault of their own.

Name: Ky Weekley

Occupation: Parkville Presbyterian Church

Education: B.A. Wichita State; M. DIV. Dubuque Theological Seminary; D. MIN. Program SanFrancisco Theological Seminary

Years in Fairway: 26 years

Offices/Affiliations: Fairway City Council; Association of Presbyterian Church Educators

Goals for term: Creative and financially appropriate solutions to long term needs in the following areas: pool renovations identified in the master plan; reconsideration of rental versus city-owned city hall and offices; exploration of funding support of Shawnee Indian Mission in light of decreasing state support; solutions to ADA deficiencies with public works facility

Ward Four

Name: Tanya Keys

Occupation: Regional Director, State of Missouri Department of Social Services

Education: Bachelor’s in social work KU; master’s in public administration KU

Years in Fairway: 10 years

Offices/Affiliations: Fairway Parks and Recreation Committee; Overland Park Arboretum volunteer; Child Protection Center board member; Democratic Precinct Committeewoman; Human Relations Committee, Olathe; Leadership Olathe, Class of 2000.

Goals for term: To explore and resolve emerging matters toward a permanent location for city hall; responsible critical improvements are need for our pool; sustain collaborative efforts to mitigate damage from storm water; to be responsive to citizen needs and balance fiscal capacity with priorities of safety and well-being.

Name: Anthony Kimberly

Occupation: Owner and COO at Spotted Koi Web Developers

Education: Central Missouri State and KU

Years in Fairway: 18 years

Goals for term: To provide leadership during long-term planning and visioning including for the pool’s ADA compliance and updates for city hall and public works locations; a commitment to providing quality services while making sound financial decisions; to support and protect the interests that are unique to Ward 4 residents as concerns and goals often differ from other wards; to ensure intelligent infrastructure spending and direct discretionary spending toward locations and activities that make the community great like Neale Peterson Park and pool and concerts and movies in the park.