I want to be the first to congratulate Jill Chalfie on her win. Jill has a strong network of folks who she has impacted positively in our community. Her supporters showed up at the polls in a big way.
I look forward to Jill representing me and my Ward 4 neighbors, and we owe it to her to give her a fair chance at doing that. Our city has many needs. I learned a lot about those needs myself during this campaign. I wish I could have done more to help address those needs head-on, but I have no doubt that this council-elect will focus on the priorities in front of them.
I look forward to being a strong advocate for fiscal responsibility in local government, especially Shawnee, beyond this election cycle. I will continue to volunteer and work with Citizens for a Better Shawnee, the group who helped communicate and soundly defeat the irresponsible community center plan that the City brought us earlier this year. Our objectives may have changed, but our mission is still the same: focus on responsible governance.
A message from Kris:
Shawnee is such a wonderful place to call home! Even though I was not born and raised in Shawnee, I am so happy to call it my home now. When my family was presented with the opportunity to settle down in one location, we were sure that Shawnee was where we wanted to be. Now, after nearly eight years living here, we are certain we made the right choice!
As much as we love Shawnee, I am also concerned about our community's future. Escalating taxes, a penchant for irresponsible spending, and a lack of fiscal priorities threaten the livelihood of all Shawnee residents. Our city does a lot of great things, but just a few bad decisions can outweigh all of the good ones. I don't think it's too late to fix these few mistakes. I want to represent Ward 4 as a mind for fiscal responsibility. My top priority as your councilmember will be to keep taxes low.