The only primary election this spring will be held in Prairie Village’s Ward 5 where four candidates are running for the seat being vacated by Charles Clark, who has decided not to run again.
Runion is a 20-year Prairie Village resident who is a CPA and attorney with Shaffer Lombardo and Shurin law firm where he practices tax, corporate law, trust and estate law. He has been a volunteer for SM East swim teams and Booster Board treasurer as well as auditor for PTA, scout leader and a member of the finance committee at Meadowbrook Country Club. He also was part of a group that lobbied for school zones on Mission Road.
Runion’s law degree is from Washburn University where he has degrees in accounting and finance. He and his wife, Shelley, have two children who graduated from SM East.
Bennett is a 24-year resident of Prairie Village who became interested in running while working on a protest of a variance presented to the planning commission.
He lists his goals to promote growth that fits the character of Prairie Village and increases property values while insuring enough revenue to meet the city’s financial needs.
Bennett is a managing member of Prairie Metals, working in marketing and sales of industrial metals. he has a degree in business finance from Missouri State and an MBA from Rockhurst.
He has been a homes association director, a town planner in the Peace Corps and an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard. He and his wife, Jackie, have two children and one grandchild.
Robinson is a retired physician who has lived near Franklin Park since 1984. He and his wife, Sharen, have two children who graduated from SM East and are now physicians. Robinson said he believes local government is the key to quality of life.