With opening of new permanent office, Democrats join Republicans in headquartering county party operations in Shawnee Mission area

Johnson County Democrats gathered at a ribbon cutting for the new headquarters in Overland Park earlier this month. Photo credit Johnson County Democrats.

For the first time in several years, the Johnson County Democratic Party has permanent office space.

The party opened its new office July 1 at 8971 W. 75th St. in Overland Park.

The new space just south of Shawnee Mission Medical Center is a permanent space, unlike the party’s past offices, said Greg Shelton, a local party organizer.

“In the past, we would take temporary space from July through November during even-numbered election years,” Shelton said. “So, this is a permanent space where our volunteers, executive committee, candidates and elected officials can work together to support and promote inclusiveness, fairness and prosperity for all Kansans.”

Volunteers helped prepare the new Johnson County Republican Party offices last spring. Photo credit Johnson County Republican Party.
Shelton said the move reflects the Democratic Party’s growth in Johnson County. That growth “enabled” party members to acquire a permanent space in order to help to facilitate organizing volunteers during election cycles, and manage the party’s legislative agenda at the municipal, county and state levels during the rest of the year.

The Democrats aren’t the only ones to choose the Shawnee Mission area as the location for their party headquarters. The Johnson County Republican Party moved its office to 10107 W. 105th St. in Overland Park after the end of the November 2016 election. Republican party chair Mike Jones said the party’s lease had ended at its former location, 127th and Metcalf, which “wasn’t ideal as far as it being centrally located in the county.”

Jones said the Johnson County Republican Party’s current location — in an office building right off of U.S. 69 and Interstate 435 — is easier to access from the highway to make it more convenient for all party members in Johnson County to reach.

“While our layout is different, our use is about the same,” Jones said. “We have offices that campaigns use as their home base. We have a conference room available for Republican training events, meetings, phone banks or any other campaign-related activity, such as housing campaign literature and signs for all Republican candidates so that visitors can “grab what they need from the office.”