Mayors of Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood and Merriam endorse Gov. Colyer in GOP primary

Five Johnson County mayors announced Wednesday they were endorsing Gov. Jeff Colyer in the GOP primary.

Overland Park Mayor Carl Gerlach, Lenexa Mayor Mike Boehm, Leawood Mayor Peggy Dunn and Merriam Mayor Ken Sissom are endorsing Gov. Jeff Colyer in the GOP gubernatorial primary.

In an announcement released Wednesday afternoon, the four Shawnee Mission area mayors and Edgerton Mayor Don Roberts said they believed Colyer represented the best option for a governor who would work with local governments.

The mayors’ full endorsement letter follows:

As mayors, we know the importance of a strong relationship between state and local government and the need to work together as equal partners to serve our common constituents. Preserving, maintaining and expanding our physical infrastructure, providing economic development tools, and enhancing public safety all can be achieved through cooperative efforts, especially when local control allows for the tailoring of programs to meet local and regional needs.

With the Republican Party Primary election 6 days away and advance balloting underway, we have carefully evaluated the Republican candidates for Governor of Kansas. Our consideration included 1) the candidates’ history of working and communicating with local governments, 2) the candidates’ track record of commitment to local government and local control, 3) the candidates’ dedication to and support of the types of governmental programs and state investment that contribute to the high quality of life enjoyed in our communities, and 4) the candidates’ position on important issues enumerated below,

Based upon these criteria, we are today announcing our Support for and Endorsement of Governor Jeff Colyer in the Republican primary.

Local decision-making by our cities is protected in the Kansas Constitution. Top-down decision-making from Topeka undermines that Constitutional authority and denies our citizens the right to govern their communities through their locally elected officials.

Supporting education from pre-school through K-12 as well as community colleges, trade schools, our university systems, and continuing adult learning to meet the ever-changing global needs of an advanced economy, are key to the success of our communities today and into the future.

Continuing economic development efforts in our state for all of our industries, including agriculture, oil & gas, aviation, manufacturing, distributing, and professional services is critical if we are to compete for private investment and jobs regionally, nationally and internationally.

We urge all voters to join us in supporting Governor Jeff Colyer now and on August 7.