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SHAWNEE WARD 3 CITY COUNCIL 
FIGHTING FOR FAMILIES IN WESTERN SHAWNEE
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PRIORITIES & ISSUES

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​• Fiscal Responsibility — Every vote I make will be with
taxpayers pocket-books in   mind!  I will ensure that any
proposed tax increases while I am serving go to a public vote.  

MY MAIN GOAL: ​
Ensure that we make fiscally responsible decisions in our city.

• We DO NEED to Lure more businesses and development to Western Shawnee and I am not against reasonable incentives to make that happen in order to allow businesses to flourish and help shoulder more of our local tax burden.

• Support for road improvements in Ward 3 including Monticello south of SM Parkway, a two lane bridge on Gleason road bus route and sidewalks leading to Erfurt Park.

• Basic Infrastructure — The most basic and important function of local government

• Economic Development — work to bring new businesses and restaurants to
Western Shawnee

• Encourage and be a Voice for Local Businesses to come to Western Shawnee

• Support Police and First Responder Services — strong support for these services

• Pro-Education — establish strong partnerships with local schools

• Advocate for Green Spaces and Exercise Trails during new city planning

• Add Middle-Class Homes in Ward 3, with fewer multi-family units in long-term planning

• Support Community Events that bring our amazing community together


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ABOUT  KURT KNAPPEN
ABOUT ME
MY WHY
I grew up locally and graduated from Shawnee Mission North before earning my Degree at the University of Kansas with a Major in Communications and Public Relations and a Minor in Political Science. 

I have worked in the pharmaceutical industry since graduation, spending more than 20 years in the field of diabetes.  For more than 14 years managed a team of direct reports.

Politically, I am a fiscal conservative but believe in the concept of non-partisan local elections.  I am a coalition builder, and would seek to bring the council together (which has been a problem in Shawnee previously). My goal would be to work hard to represent my fellow constituents in Ward 3 while still looking out for the greater interest of the entire city.

Personally, I am the proud father of an 18 year-old daughter and 16 year-old son.  I have been married to my amazing wife Terri for 23 years. We have lived our current home in Shawnee for more than 15 years. My entire immediate family all reside in Johnson County.    I spent my free time coaching sporting events when the kids were younger, but have recently taken on new interests which will hopefully include Shawnee government.
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In a sentence, because I love and appreciate our Shawnee community.  We have an incredible city which is on a solid course and I would appreciate the opportunity to contribute and help ensure that our community continues to thrive and grow. 

I have always had a strong interest in local government dating back to my high school days at Shawnee Mission North. Years ago I was involved in Lenexa government by serving on the Parks and Recreation Board.  I have also served as Treasurer for the Johnson County Republican Party, as a Precinct Committeeman and received 2 “keys to the city” of Lenexa. 

However, the “politics” and in-fighting within the party turned me off.  My interest has always been in a non-partisan manner and my desire would be to ensure solid fiscal decisions at a city level.