Shawnee Mission Post forums set for Overland Park mayoral, council races

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The Shawnee Mission Post will host a series of forums next month for candidates who will be on this summer’s primary ballots for seats on the Overland Park governing body.

“For more than a decade now, we’ve organized these forums to give local voters a chance to hear directly from the people seeking to represent them,” said Shawnee Mission Post Publisher Jay Senter. “As always, the topics we’ll put to the candidates are submitted by our readers. This approach is part of our ongoing efforts to put average citizens — and not political parties or interest groups — at the center of local elections.”

The first forum will feature the four candidates seeking to replace outgoing Overland Park Mayor Carl Gerlach. It will be followed by forums for the candidates running for city council seats in Wards 1, 2, 4 and 5.

All of the forums will be moderated by Shawnee Mission Post Editor Kyle Palmer. The forums will be open to the public, though in-person attendance may be capped to adhere to whatever COVID-19 guidelines are in place for each facility at the time. They will also be streamed live on the Post’s Facebook page.

Details on the forums are below:

Overland Park Mayoral candidate forum

6:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 6, Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center (8788 Metcalf Ave.)
Confirmed participants are:

  • Mike Czinege
  • Faris Farassati
  • Clay Norkey
  • Curt Skoog

Have a question you’d like to see these candidates answers? Email us here.

You can find the Facebook event page for this forum here.

Overland Park City Council Ward 1 candidate forum

6:15 p.m., Wednesday, July 7, Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center (8788 Metcalf Ave.)
Confirmed participants are:

  • Michael Czerniewski
  • Logan Heley (incumbent)
  • Carol Merritt
  • Ryan Spencer

Have a question you’d like to see these candidates answers? Email us here.

You can find the Facebook event page for this forum here.

Overland Park City Council Wards 4 and 5 candidate forum

6:15 p.m., Tuesday, July 13, Oxford Middle School (12500 Switzer Ave.)

Ward 4

  • Ty Gardner
  • Stacie Gram
  • Scott Mosher

Ward 5

  • Amy Goodman-Long
  • Sam Passer
  • Sheila Rodriguez

Have a question you’d like to see these candidates answers? Email us here.

You can find the Facebook event page for this forum here.

Overland Park City Council Ward 2 candidate forum

6:15 p.m., Wednesday, July 14, Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center (8788 Metcalf Ave.)

Confirmed participants are:

  • Melissa Cheatham
  • Roger Tarbutton
  • Tony Medina

Have a question you’d like to see these candidates answers? Email us here.

You can find the Facebook event page for this forum here.

Note: The Shawnee Mission Post is also working to schedule candidate forums ahead of the primaries for races in Lenexa and Merriam. We hope to announce details on those events soon.