Eric Mikkelson, Serena Schermoly advance to general in Prairie Village mayoral contest

Leah Wankum - August 8, 2018 10:57 am
Eric Mikkelson spoke with supporters, including Rep. Jerry Stogsdill, at an election watch party at his home in Prairie Village Tuesday. Mikkelson was the winner in the primary with more than 50 percent of the vote.

With the votes tallied in the Prairie Village mayoral primary, Eric Mikkelson and Serena Schermoly are advancing to the November general election.

Mikkelson took home just over half of the votes, with a total of 3,554, or 51.58 percent, according to unofficial final results from the Johnson County Election Office. Schermoly had the second highest total with 1,698, or 24.64 percent.

Andrew Wang took third with 1,427 votes, 20.71 percent of the total and about 200 votes behind Schermoly.

Serena Schermoly spoke with supporters at her election night watch party at the Blue Moose in Prairie Village.

Mikkelson said he’s honored to be approved by voters to go on to the general election. But he also wanted to “salute” Andrew Wang for his service to the city.

“He’s a man of integrity; he served our city for many years,” Mikkelson said of Wang. “He’s earned our respect and our gratitude.”

Now that the primary election is over, Mikkelson plans to focus on the “issues and concerns” that he shares with Prairie Village voters. These issues include managing the teardowns and rebuilds in the city, increasing walkability and bikeability, responsible budgets, public and traffic safety issues, preserving the character of neighborhoods and enhancing the quality of life for residents.

“We intend to focus on talking to voters, getting out more, walking and knocking,” he said. “I haven’t personally talked to everyone in Prairie Village yet, but I want to get a lot closer to talking to as many voters face to face about these issues.”

He also supports the Phase 2 home design guidelines the city council advanced Monday night.

“I think those are important so we get closer to a balance on managing this great problem of everyone wanting to build here and live here,” he said.

If elected, he also wants to give Prairie Village police officers a “substantial raise.”

Schermoly said the city, in moving forward must address “keeping the charm in Prairie Village” because residents are “very concerned about what’s happening in our city.”

“I’m concerned about Phase 2 and what’s going to happen to our residents,” she said of the plans council approved Monday. “This is not a teardown rebuild (issue); if you want to extend your kitchen out, this affects you.

“I want to make residents understand the impact this is going to have on them. I want very strict codes on teardown rebuild, and I am not comfortable changing the ordinance on our current residents.”

Schermoly said she also wants to address property taxes and make sure residents can continue affording to live here.

In preparation for the general election, she plans to focus on educating residents, “getting out there and trying to pull everybody together.”

“I need your vote,” she said.

Wang could not be reached for comment.

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