Meet the candidates of the 3rd district
OLATHE, Kan. – Two candidates qualify for the general elections after a primary at six represent the 3rd arrondissement on the municipal council of Olathe.
With early voting for the general election of November 2 starting next week, FOX4 works to help voters get a better idea of where candidates stand on issues that affect metro residents.
FOX4 sent out quizzes to contestants in more than 50 races in Johnson County. Here’s a look at what Felter and Janner had to say.
Q: What qualifications do you have that set you apart from other applicants?
Felt: I am the most qualified candidate. I am a proven leader. I am transparent about my platform and my political positions compared to my opponent who refused to engage with the media and was opaque about his political positions. Example: Note his lack of response to the key questions of the candidate survey of the City’s partner, the Chamber of Commerce (questions 14, 15, 16, & 17), as well as his refusal to make a candidate video for the Chamber of Commerce here, as well as his complete lack of engagement with the media (take note of his lack of response to your main candidate questions). Why would anyone vote for a candidate who will not officially express any substantive political position? !
A comparison of the two candidate websites for this position shows the glaring difference between the candidates: www.Felter4Olathe.com vs. www.wayne4olathe.com
I will note a few elements of interest: Mr. Janner claims to have an experience of listening to the community because of his position within the Planning Commission. Mr. Janner was appointed to the Planning Commission this year by our current Mayor, John Bacon, who recruited Mr. Janner to run for Ward 3 on City Council. Mr. Janner has less [than] nine months of experience listening to the community from a designated position.
Mr. Janner claims to be a business owner. While this may be true, a quick comparison of the two candidates on the level of experience and depth of knowledge as a business owner helps to clarify the picture based on the limited information my opponent provided to the public:
Mr. Janner is a realtor for Keller Williams (KW) and all realtors with KW own the KW organization they work for (much like Hy-Vee, employee owned). When Mr. Janner applied for city council he was working as a para in the Olathe school district compared to my experience as a business owner which started in 1997 when my husband and I started Olathe Truck & Equipment off Santa Fe, across from Calamity Line Park.
Within a year, we got past the small Santa Fe lot and decided to invest in our own building and ended up buying what would be our main commercial location near Rogers Road in Olathe, adding MidWest Truck. Sales to our company.
Over the next 18 years, we built our company into a successful organization with seven truck and equipment dealerships, located in five states, with over 260 employees on average. When a large company offered to buy our business, we sold and then moved on to other areas of interest ranging from animal husbandry / agriculture to commercial real estate, development and construction. . I am vice president of AAG Investments where my responsibilities include strategic planning, administration, human capital management, marketing and communications.
When I say that I am an entrepreneur and a business owner, I don’t mean that I own a few shares in an employee-owned organization. I mean I know what it takes to start a business from scratch and turn it into a great thriving organization that has provided hundreds of jobs.
Janner: My qualifications are numerous and unique in my involvement in the community in different ways. I have owned a business in Olathe since 1994. I have also held positions in the Olathe school district and as a pastor in the local religious community. I have reached the point in my life where I can fully devote myself to the Olathe City Council, not among other commitments. I bet everything!
Q: How do you feel about using benefit districts and other tax incentives to fund infrastructure improvements?
Felt: Managing a growing city like Olathe in a way that sustains and stimulates economic growth while conserving resources and maintaining our competitiveness requires intentional management of growth and redevelopment. Targeted public sector investments may be needed to attract businesses to Olathe. Olathe is expected to forge connections between companies, investors and talent by speaking regularly with industry leaders and citizens. We must foster a culture of growth in Olathe, the city embracing strategic development that takes into account regional growth and the cooperation of surrounding municipalities and regional service providers.
We have to be flexible. Having said that, I don’t like how the Town of Olathe recently attempted to essentially create a retroactive benefits neighborhood in and around Cedar Creek. I have never seen this happen here locally before (although I am told it has happened once, years ago) and I would not support this scenario in the future.
Janner: Benefit districts have been widely used with success in our region, but there is also considerable evidence that the current system has a lot of room for improvement. Taxes should not be added to existing homeowners for benefits that do not affect their properties or that are imposed without their consent.
Changes must occur in the disclosure process so that any potential buyer fully understands the potential for reviews they may incur. As for other tax incentives, they should be considered on a case-by-case basis. Incentives are not always good or bad. Think of it this way, do you need to cut tickets to an event that people are lining up for? Olathe is a great development opportunity, not just a developer opportunity.
Q: Would you like the city to issue a mask warrant or other health order beyond what has been recommended by the county health department? Please explain why or why not.
Felt: I would not argue that the Town of Olathe is issuing a mask warrant. JCDHE provides health related advice to our county.
Janner: I do not support any government-imposed mask mandate. The freedom of personal choice should be the primary factor in decisions about the mask. The City should not be involved in policies contrary to these beliefs.
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