In Prairie Village, all six of the incumbent city council members whose terms are expiring are running for re-election. In three of those wards, they are running unopposed In three others, they have a challenger.
Running unopposed are Andrew Wang in Ward 3, Brooke Morehead in Ward 4, and Ted Odell in Ward 6. In Ward 1, incumbent Ashley Weaver will face Lee Duong. In Ward 2, incumbent Ruth Hopkins is challenged by Serena Schermoly. And in Ward 5, incumbent David Morrison is challenged by Courtney McFadden.
Although Morrison is officially the incumbent in Ward 5, McFadden served in the council seat for a year during the last four-year term. She was appointed to the vacancy after Morrison was removed from his seat by a court order. Morrison was then re-instated on appeal. The election should make the court case moot.
Duong, 39, is a physician at the Kansas City VA Medical Center. She is the youngest of five children whose parents came to the United Sates as Vietnamese refugees. Duong is a graduate of Boston College and The American University of the Caribbean. She did her residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center and a fellowship at Mt. Sinai Hospital. Duong has volunteered at the Prairie Village Jazz Festival, has taught English to refugees through Catholic Charities, and has volunteered at Rock the Parkway. She is an area co-director for the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry. She has lived in Prairie Village for six years.
Weaver, 39, has served one term on the city council. She has a bachelor’s degree from University of Texas. Weaver has served on the board of the Prairie Village Homes Association for 10 years and is an island volunteer. She initiated a crosswalk program for Prairie Elementary. She has completed the Prairie Village Citizens Police Academy, the FBI Citizens Academy and the Northeast Johnson County Leadership program. She and her husband, Kevin, have lived in Prairie Village since 2002. They have two children.
Hopkins, 61, was first elected to the council in 1992 and has served since. She is a Medical Technologist at Research Medical Center. She is a graduate of Leadership Northeast and received the “Making Democracy Work” award from the League of Women Voters and the “Elected Official” award from the MARC Solid Waste Management District, where she represents Johnson County mayors and chairs the committee. She served on the National League of Cities board and is a member of the NLC Advisory Council. She and husband, Fred, have three children and one grandchild.
Schermoly, 44, is the owner of 3 Cups Media. She has served on the board of the Kansas Motor Carrier Association and chaired the safety council for the group. Following Hurricane Katrina, she formed a non-profit called “Open Your Home” to connect survivors with temporary housing. She is the marketing director for the Prairie Village Jazz Festival and vice chair of the arts council. She moved to Prairie Village in 2010 to join her husband, Michael, a long-time resident. She has three children and a grandchild.
Wang, 50, first ran for the city council in 2004. He is the practice administrator at the Kansas City Eye Clinic. Wang is a graduate of Northwestern University. He also has an MBA from UMKC and a degree in health services administration from KU. He first lived in Prairie Village as a child. He and his wife, Janie, bought their Prairie Village home in 1997. They have two children. Wang has volunteered at St. Ann School, on the local alumni admissions council for Northwestern and in a mentorship program for the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Morehead and her husband, Mike, own Prairiebrooke Arts. They have lived in Prairie Village for 30 years and have two daughters and five grandchildren. She has a bachelor’s from Truman State.
McFadden, 40, is a manager for AT&T where he has worked for more than 16 years. She has a bachelor’s from Kansas State, a master’s in communications from University of North Texas, and an MBA from UMKC. She has volunteered with Urban Rangers, Head Start, VillageFest and the MVP program in Shawnee Mission schools. McFadden and her husband, Tim, are the parents of two children. She served one year on the Prairie Village City Council.
Morrison, 53, was first elected to the Prairie Village City Council in 2008 and re-elected in 2012. He is a senior direct marketing representative for Celebrity China & Cookware. He has attended KU and summer programs at Yale and London School of Economics. Morrison is in the Kansas Certified Public Manager program and the League of Kansas Municipalities leadership academy. He has been active in the National League of Cities as a member of steering committees and on the LKM finance and taxation policy committee. He is a graduate of Leadership Northeast. He has been a board member or volunteer with Heartland Community Credit Union, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Kansas City Cares and the Boy Scouts. He has lived in Prairie Village for more than 40 years.
Odell, 52, is project director at Mark One Electric Company and a Real Estate agent with ReeceNichols. He was elected to the city council in 2012. He has a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State. He and his wife have two daughters.