Mike Kelly, an attorney with McDowell Rice Smith & Buchanan who has served as chair of the Roeland Park Sustainability Committee and the Community Foundation Advisory Board, on Wednesday filed to run for mayor.
Kelly said he was driven to enter the race by a desire to help foster business growth that matches Roeland Park’s character, as well as development of city infrastructure, protection of its natural resources, and stewardship of city tax dollars. He said he hopes to get more Roeland Park residents engaged in civic life.
“There’s only so much that Washington or Topeka can do for us on a day-to-day basis,” he said in a campaign announcement. “If we want to make our city a better place, we can do so by investing our time and talents right here. I wanted to get involved on the ground floor, roll up my sleeves, and show that hard work can make a positive, tangible change in our lives.”
Kelly is a graduate of Rockhurst High School, Kansas State University, and the University of Kansas School of Law. He earned a Kansas Association for Justice Advocacy Award from the Paul E. Wilson Project for Innocence and Post-Conviction Remedies prior to his admission to the bar. His current law practice focuses on civil defense work.
Kelly and his wife Elizabeth have lived in Roeland Park since 2014. The couple are expecting their first child, a daughter, in August.
With less than a week to go before the filing deadline Thursday, June 1, he is the first and only candidate to announce plans to seek the office.