State rep candidates on the issues: How long have you lived in the area?

Prairie_Village-Sycamore-treesToday we run the responses to the second of our readers’ questions for the candidates running in two local statehouse primaries: incumbent Stephanie Clayton and challenger Jennifer Flood in District 19; and incumbent Barbara Bollier and challenger Neil Melton in District 21.

Here’s today’s questionnaire item:

How long have you lived at your current residence? If you’ve lived at your current residence than five years, where did you live before and what factors led you to choose this area as your home? If you’ve lived in your current residence more than five years, what factors have led you to stay?

Melton_225Neil Melton (District 21 challenger)

I’ve lived at my current home in Prairie Village since April of 2013. Prior to that I lived in Overland Park. I enjoy having quick access to everything in The Village and Corinth Shops. Having high quality neighborhood schools was also critical for me. Many of my friends are settling in the area, and I’m meeting neighbors and making new friends all the time. Prairie Village and Northeast Johnson County is one of the most exciting real estate markets in the greater Kansas City area, and for good reason. It’s a great place to live.


Bollier_225Barbara Bollier (District 21 incumbent)

We have lived in our current home for 23 years. I grew up about five blocks away from our current residence from age 5 until starting KU Medical School. We chose to live here to be close to our families, to have access to excellent schools for our children, and because it is a great place to raise a family. Now that our children are grown, we continue to love our neighborhood including the people, Prairie Village businesses, and the overall quality of life offered in our city.



Stephanie Clayton (District 19 incumbent)

My spouse and I purchased our home in 2005. Our home is actually the house that my husband grew up in- we chose it specifically so we could send our children to the same public schools he attended. Buying a home in the Shawnee Mission District was always a top priority for us.

Jennifer Flood (District 19 challenger)

Did not submit a response.

Tomorrow we’ll publish the candidates’ responses to item three:

The Shawnee Mission School District has closed buildings, reduced the teaching staff, and increased the guidelines for class sizes in the last few years trying to manage a loss in state revenue. Do you believe that voters in each district should be able to raise unlimited funds locally beyond what the state provides – or returns – to the districts?