SURVEY QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

JOHNSON CO. PUBLIC POLICY COUNCIL

Candidate Information

1. Candidate Name - Ryan Campbell

2. Candidate for Ward # (if applicable) - Ward 2

3. Address - On File with County

4. Phone Number - 913.660.3636

5. Email Address - campbell4olathe@gmail.com

6. Campaign Website - www.campbell4olathe.com

7. Social Media Handle(s) - www.facebook.com/campbell4olathe

 

Candidate Background

8. Occupation/Work History (last 5 years) - Director of Commercial Banking Operations


9. If you are or have been affiliated with a chamber of commerce or other business organization, please list which organization(s) and any leadership positions you have held.


10. Other recent political/community experience (50 words or less)

 

3. Issues and Policy

11. As a candidate, what are your top three policy issues? (100 words or less)

Public Safety & Services - Fire, Police, & EMS, are extremely important for a city our size. I believe safe communities start by building relationships within communities, fostering community engagement and neighborhood groups where people are genuine and look out for each other.

Infrastructure & Transportation - Continue to build the infrastructure we need in order to serve the projected growth in population over the next 20 years.

Families & Quality of Life - Attract people to Olathe by providing quality schools, entertainment districts, and employment opportunities and encouraging residents to shop locally and keep sales tax dollars in Olathe.

12. What are your views on the services and value the City's citizens receive for their local tax dollars? (100 words or less)

As our satisfaction surveys show, Olathe services are top notch. Our police and fire departments do a great job building relationships with the residents and keeping the communities safe. We have high quality drinking water. The waste management services rarely, if ever, have service delays. Requests are easily made through the olatheks.gov website. Olathe also implements technology that citizens may notice and utilize, like the real time GPS tracker map for snowplows. And things they may not notice, like the highly sophisticated traffic management system that keeps people moving efficiently throughout the city.

13. What changes, if any, would you like to see to the City budget? (100 words or less)

The City Budget information is very easy to find on the city's website. The process of providing multiple budget workshops, a public hearing, and the final adoption of the budget allows residents opportunities to share their feedback and advocate for specific things that are important in their communities. If/when there is a significant surplus, I would like to see the city reduce the mil levy in order to provide residents with some tax relief.

14. What role, if any, do you believe the City should play in economic development to bring jobs and capital investment to the community? (100 words or less)

As Olathe looks to make itself a destination city for residents, it must also address the fact that residents will be looking for businesses to work for, eat at, enjoy for entertainment, etc. Having a strong business footprint helps establish a healthy balance between commercial and residential real estate tax base and helps retain sales tax revenue for Olathe's residents. Through the Chamber of Commerce, the City of Olathe should prioritize attracting quality businesses, attractions, and events for residents to enjoy. Additionally, having quality educational opportunities is a significant factor for businesses that are deciding on where they should locate.

15. As the City considers future development and redevelopment projects, describe your views on how the City should best manage and balance growth? (100 words or less)

The Olathe 2040: Future Ready strategic plan is a great resource/work product that identifies five areas of emphasis to ensure that the city is prepared for future growth. Ward 2 specifically has a large growth potential as Olathe expands West towards the county line. The City must maintain the high-quality services that current residents enjoy while continuing to be responsible with tax payer funds. Additional police and fire stations, arterial roads, and public utilities are all important items to consider as we anticipate growing from approximately 140k residents to over 180k residents in the next 20 years.

16. What is your philosophy on the role the City should play in terms of metro-area issues? (100 words or less)

The primary focus of the City of Olathe government is to serve it's residents and visitors. To the extent an issue is being discussed at the county or metro level, the Mayor and City Council should be engaged to ensure the City and its citizen's best interest are well represented. As a full-service city, Olathe should continue to be an example and resource for other cities in the metro-area.

17. Do you believe the City is headed in the right direction? (100 words or less)

Yes, I believe that the city is headed in the right direction. As a 23-year resident of Olathe, I have seen significant growth in population as well as economic development. I continue to choose Olathe as my hometown and where I want to raise my family because Olathe has a significant number of positive attributes. We don't have the ocean beaches or mountains. But those are great places to visit. My hope is that when my children are older that they will have good memories and be proud of growing up in Olathe.

18. What do you believe are the greatest challenges the City faces over the next ten years and how would you address them? (100 words or less)

I think one of the biggest challenges is loss of trust in the leaders of local government bodies. Along with that, it has become increasingly difficult to simply have conversations without automatically being labeled in some way. As someone who will listen to all points of view, I believe I can help maintain trust and build quality relationships, so that meaningful conversations can be had even when all parties do not agree, and ultimately find an outcome that works for the betterment of the community. We must also find ways to engage those that don't typically engage on their own.

19. Why are you seeking this public office? (100 words or less)

As mentioned before, I believe Olathe is a great place to raise a family and we have a lot to be proud of. My hope in running for City Council is that I will be able to contribute to the path that Olathe has been on for the last 30 years and foster a sense of pride in our community. I will listen to the wants and needs of the community and work hard to accomplish as much as I can for the citizens of Olathe. I look forward to serving you as the next Ward 2 Councilman.

20. What do you believe makes you uniquely qualified to serve in this position and most distinguishes you from your opponent(s) in this race? (100 words or less)

I consider this race to be more like playing golf than tennis. In golf, each player attempts to beat the course and not necessarily each other. Best score wins. In tennis, the goal is to directly beat your opponent in a back-and-forth battle. Thinking about it like this helps put it in perspective that we are both committed to improving Olathe in our own ways, bringing our own experiences to the table, and are not just focused on beating each other. In this way, I focus on being my best self, win or lose.


VOTE411 Candidate Survey

Candidate Details

Name - Ryan Campbell

Party - Non Partisan

Running For - Olathe City Council Ward 2

Contact Email - Campbell4Olathe@gmail.com

Website - www.campbell4olathe.com

Facebook - www.facebook.com/campbell4olathe

Personal Biography

I have been a resident of Olathe for 23 years. I was born and raised in California until my Junior year in High School, when my family moved to Florida. I then relocated to Olathe, KS in 2000 to attend MidAmerica Nazarene University. I graduated in three years with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and a Minor in Accounting. After graduating from MNU, I accepted a position at a local bank as a Teller. I held various positions including Personal Banker, Credit Analyst, and ultimately Vice President of Commercial Banking. After gaining this experience, I went to work for a highly rated third-party commercial mortgage servicer in Leawood, initially as an Asset Manager, and later Vice President of the Loan Operations team managing a multi-billion dollar commercial lending portfolio. Currently, I am the Director of Commercial Banking Operations for Kansas City's largest Credit Union. My wife, Kimberly, grew up on a farm in Hillsboro, KS. We met at MidAmerica Nazarene University and have been married for 18 years. Our boys attend Olathe Public Schools where they have been blessed with great teachers who have invested in them and helped them learn and grow. We love the Royals, the Chiefs, traveling as a family and enjoying time outdoors. I am a passionate father of two boys and enjoy being a volunteer coach for youth sports. My hobbies are anything to do with the outdoors, especially fishing, and working on (and riding) vintage jet skis.

Education - Bachelors Degree in Business Administration | Minor in Accounting

Community/Public Service - 

Questions

What do you believe are the three critical projects or initiatives that will move your city/district forward?

Olathe's citizens continually demonstrate their satisfaction through various surveys. I will focus on the priorities that the citizens choose. The six areas of focus that I have chosen are: 

What skills, expertise, experience, or competencies qualify you for this position?

I have over 20 years of experience in banking and finance, with most of that being in Commercial Banking. Each request offers a unique opportunity to work with the business owner/representative to find a solution that works for them. Not all businesses are the same, just like not all people are the same. I have worked with the FDIC, NCUA, and other various ratings agencies through annual exams and audits and understand the importance of sound policies and procedures which, when followed, help guide and protect the organization. I value greatly the relationships I have built with local small business owners that work hard to build up Kansas City, including those right here in Olathe.

What makes this office an important part of the local government?

As the governing body for the City of Olathe, the council members, along with staff and various boards and commissions, create the framework for residents and businesses to thrive.

THE KANSAS CITY STAR

KC Star Nov. 7 Local Elections Candidate Survey

Email - campbell4olathe@gmail.com

Candidate name - Ryan Campbell

Johnson County – Olathe – City Council – Ward 2

Are you an incumbent for this position?

No


Do you have a campaign website you would like us to direct voters to?

www.campbell4olathe.com


What specific experiences make you the most qualified candidate to serve in this position?

Please limit answer to 100 words or less.


Having lived, worked, worshipped, and/or volunteered in Olathe for the past 23 years, I have seen the city grow and flourish. I am a 2007 graduate of Leadership Olathe and former member of the Olathe Chamber Finance Committee and Sports Commission. I have built strong relationships with community leaders and understand the needs of our residents and businesses. I will put Olathe first and listen to the needs of the citizens. I am the best candidate for Olathe City Council Ward 2 because I understand the community and will work tirelessly to promote its growth and prosperity.

What are your top 1-3 priorities you hope to accomplish while in office, and what steps do you plan to take to make them happen?


Please limit answer to 150 words or less.

PUBLIC SAFETY - Safe communities are important because people and business owners want to establish their families and businesses where they feel safe. INFRASTRUCTURE - This is the foundation that everything is built on. We need to remain focused on planning for future development and not get behind so we can support continued growth. FAMILIES / QUALITY OF LIFE - Invest in Downtown and other entertainment areas that not only provide places of enjoyment for Olathe residents but also attracts people from outside of Olathe. Read more about my other priorities HOUSING & DEVELOPMENT and EDUCATION & EMPLOYMENT at www.campbell4olathe.com/priorities. REASONABLE & RESPONSIBLE SPENDING - All of the above doesn't happen without the support of the taxpayers, which is why it is important that we are doing our best to cut back on any waste and make sure we continue to plan ahead to get the best value possible.


Who has endorsed your campaign?

Incumbent Ward 2 Councilman Adam Mickelson, Planning Commission Chair Wayne Janner, Current At-Large Councilman Wes McCoy, The Olathe Professional Firefighters Association, KFL. See more at www.campbell4olathe.com/endorsements


THE OLATHE REPORTER

1. What is your name? Ryan Campbell

2. Age? 41

3. Do you live in or have family in the city/school district? Yes, for the past 23 years.

4. Are you employed, and if so where? Yes, at Kansas City’s largest Credit Union.

5. What is your education background? Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with a Minor in Accounting

6. Have you run for office before? Yes. In 2021, I ran for Olathe School Board.

7. Have you served as an elected official before? I have not.

8. Why are you running for this position? I think Olathe has a lot to offer current and future residents and want to see Olathe continue to be a place where people and businesses thrive.

9. Why do you believe you are the best person for the job? As a long-time resident of Olathe and an active member of the community, I believe I am well qualified to serve on the city council. Having lived, worked, worshipped, and/or volunteered in Olathe for the past 23 years, I have seen the city grow and flourish. With my degree in Business Administration from MidAmerica Nazarene University, (Olathe, KS) I bring a unique perspective and understanding to the table. As a local businessperson, I have built strong relationships with community leaders and have a general understanding of the needs of our residents and businesses. If elected, I will always put Olathe first and listen to the needs and desires of the citizens. I am the best candidate for Olathe City Council Ward 2 because I understand the community and will work tirelessly to promote its growth and prosperity.

10. What do you believe is the biggest issue facing the city currently, and how would you solve it? Public Safety and Infrastructure are my top two priorities. We won’t be successful in supporting the growth of Olathe over the next 20 years if we fail to keep our city safe and prepared by staying ahead of the growth with proper prioritization of our infrastructure and CIP projects. Housing is also another major component, and we need to find ways to provide housing that is affordable to people at all stages of life. This can be achieved by attracting quality builders and not adding unnecessary costs to development and construction by adopting ordinances that make it more expensive. You can learn more about my six priorities at www.campbell4olathe.com.

11. What role should an individual councilmember play in the day-to-day lives of citizens? Councilmembers should be attentive to the needs and desires of his or her constituents and be able to take those thoughts and ideas to the rest of the council and city staff to come up with ways to meet those requests. Olathe has a well-qualified and capable staff with strong leaders that are able to handle the day to day. It is our responsibility to set good policies that allow staff to work within those bounds to meet the needs of the residents and businesses.

12. What are some ways you have gotten involved in the community recently, whether that

be volunteering, attending important events or meeting with constituents? As a 2007 graduate of Leadership Olathe, I have continued to stay in touch with the Alumni and try to attend events when possible. A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to participate in an event at the Olathe YMCA to help this year’s Leadership Olathe class with a few finishing touches on their service project. I have attended or watched numerous city council meetings, county commissioner meetings, and school board meetings over the last few years to keep a pulse on what is going on throughout the city. As a candidate, I have also put in many hours walking neighborhoods, attending events and forums, and responding to surveys so that voters are well informed about who I am and what I stand for.

13. What is your view of the property tax rate the city levied this year? If you believe it was

too high, what expenses would you cut to lower it? In my opinion, the property tax rate could have been lowered further. However, there is a balance between our taxes and the high-quality services the city provides. We must assess the various sources of revenue including sales tax, real estate tax, and other fees and income that the city generates. I would like to see our budget process start at $0.00 and then determine how much we need to spend to provide the services the residents demand vs. starting with a large allocation of funds derived from the county assessment of our property values and then finding ways to spend it all. Additionally, and this is not a city level decision, but I would like to see real estate taxes based on the value of the property at the time it was purchased. The more we can promote Olathe businesses and increase sales tax revenue, the more potential we have to reduce real estate tax revenue and keep a healthy balance between the two.

14. A recurring concern during budget talks was the impact property taxes will have on

citizens with a fixed-income. What should be done about that? Solving this issue with tax rebates for a specific subset of the population is a short-term “solution”. And while I would support efforts to provide those on a fixed income some tax relief, I think the real solution is as I described in the previous question. If residents were taxed based on the purchase price of their home, they would have a stable tax amount (with some margin for inflation) while the live in their home.  This would allow them to stay in their home without being “taxed out” of it. This would also allow for a more stable city/county budget as the revenue is not driven by swings in the real estate market. 

15. What do you believe are some of the biggest achievements of the council in recent

years? The city has done well with the macro level plans like Olathe 2040: Future Ready which sets the course for the next 15 to 20 years. The city provides exceptional services when it comes to public safety including Fire, EMS, and Police and city services like water, sewer, trash, and street maintenance.

16. What do you believe are some of the biggest failures of the council in recent years? There have been some missteps in communication between the city and residents. As the council has changed, so has their commitment to standing by annexation and corridor agreements. While times change, the current council should acknowledge the context with which those agreements and plans were created. Any deviation should strongly consider the impact to public trust and should include as much citizen involvement as possible. While not necessarily a “failure” I would like to see Olathe attract more “non-chain” restaurants and businesses and build smaller community retail/mixed-use centers instead of large power centers with acres of parking spots.

17. Please provide an example of how you have compromised with people whose opinions

conflicted with yours. Compromise means to settle for less or to give up. Unfortunately, when negotiations occur, far too often the result is something that neither party is happy with. It may be somewhat nuanced, but I think it is more beneficial when we are able to find ways for both parties to fully get something they want. For example, if we are going to make something and we are deciding on color and size. If Person 1 wants red and Person 2 wants blue and Person 1 wants it to be small but Person 2 wants it to be big, we have to make some decisions. If both sides concede on both color and size, we end up with something that is purple and medium in size. No one is happy and the result is wasteful. But, if each side were to decide whether color or size was their most important issue, then Person 1 could pick color (red) and Person 2 could pick size (big) and each side ends up with something they truly wanted and something they can live with. This is my approach when dealing with conflict and attempting to find an outcome where everyone can walk away content.

18. Do you believe political parties should be involved in City Council elections? Yes, I do. While I do value the non-partisan nature of the local positions, there is value in all groups, whether political parties, or otherwise, identifying and sharing which candidate they believe most aligns with their values. There are a lot of organizations, unions, companies, and people that endorse candidates. As a candidate, I appreciate all who are willing to do their due diligence and learn what I stand for and then go the next step and share when those values align. The goal is to have an informed voter base. The more that the voters are able to learn about the candidates, the better informed they can be at the polls.

Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors

Candidate Name – Ryan Campbell

Elected Position Sought – Olathe City Council – Ward 2

Mailing Address – [On File with County]

Phone Number – 913-660-3636

Email address – campbell4olathe@gmail.com

What is your current occupation? Director of Commercial & Consumer Loan Servicing

Is your campaign accepting PAC contributions? Yes

Please list your previous government, political and leadership experience.

This is my second time running for public office. I ran for school board two years ago and got third in the primary. In 2007, I completed the Leadership Olathe program and around that same time I served on the Olathe Chamber Finance Committee and the Olathe CVB Advisory Council and Sports Commission.

I have been in commercial banking my entire professional career with 10+ years of management experience leading various teams locally and remotely.

I enjoy coaching youth sports when I am able to and seeing the kids enjoy their time learning new sports.

Please provide a list of major endorsements you have received for this position.

I have received an endorsement from Kansans for Life. Additionally, I am seeking endorsements from the following organizations KCRAR, Olathe Professional Fire Fighters Assoc., and the Home Builders Association of Kansas City.

(Since the time I responded to this survey, I have received the endorsement of the Olathe Professional Fire Fighters Association.)

Why did you decide to seek this elected position?

I have been an Olathe resident for over 23 years, and I have developed relationships with a majority of the current city council. I was introduced to city government when Mayor Mike Copeland recommended that I participate in Leadership Olathe and asked me to serve on the chamber committees. My interest in public office increased a few years ago when I decided to run for school board because I have two boys in Olathe Public Schools. When my current Councilman, Adam Mickelson, announced that he would not be seeking re-election, I decided that City Council would be a great opportunity for me to use my finance and managerial background to help lead the city forward.

If elected, what will be your top three priorities during your term?

PUBLIC SAFETY - The City of Olathe provides top tier Police, Fire, and EMS services to keep our city safe and to respond when citizens have an emergency. As our city continues to grow, supporting the needs of these departments will help Olathe continue to meet the demands of our residents. INFRASTRUCTURE - As Olathe grows, we must invest in the infrastructure needed to support additional development. Infrastructure investments, including technological advances that help reduce cost and extend useful life, will be key to delivering on the strategic plans Olathe has in place. FAMILIES, ACTIVITIES, & QUALITY OF LIFE - I will support efforts of the Olathe Chamber and the Convention and Visitors Bureau to attract businesses that improve the quality of life for Olathe residents. Encouraging residents to support local businesses keeps our sales tax dollars invested in Olathe.

If you were asked to address the issue of affordable housing, what solutions would you propose to create more affordable housing opportunities in your community? Please be specific and include potential funding sources.

First, I would review our current codes and ordinances to determine if there is anything that the City has implemented that unnecessarily increases the development and construction costs which subsequently increase the cost of the homes. For example, some municipalities are requiring 2x6 exterior construction. Calculations from the KCHBA have shown that the added expense of lumber ($31,853) would take more than 47 years to be recovered by the proposed utility cost savings ($675 annually). Additionally, the added expense of the home would increase the homeowner’s mortgage expense by an estimated $1,104 annually, meaning that not only is the house more expensive initially, the homeowner is actually paying $429 more per year instead of saving money. I would prefer to find ways to make homes intrinsically more affordable vs. taking county and federal funds to subsidize increased costs, but recognized there is a significant need for additional housing in price ranges that are attainable for first time home buyers as well as retirees that are looking to downsize in retirement.

Do you support the implementations or expansions of landlord, rental or vacant property registration and inspection programs in your community?

Olathe currently does not require registration and I would not propose any implementations of rental property registrations at this time. I feel we can adequately respond to neighbor complaints or issues as they arise. Exterior property inspections can be completed on any property regardless of whether it is a rental, occupied, or vacant. Along the lines of keeping housing costs down, adding a registration or inspection fee only impacts the tenant through increased rental cost as the landlord will just pass that cost on to the tenant.

Do you support imposing impact fees or development excise taxes on new real estate developments in your community?

Olathe has three excise taxes for streets, traffic signals, and parks.  To the extent the excise taxes are being utilized to offset the initial cost of infrastructure necessary to support the proposed development, I am supportive, within reason. They must be reasonable, and again, directly support the proposed development.  However, I also recognize that additional fees and taxes may discourage development if they are too high or are seen as unnecessary and do not provide a tangible benefit for the subject community. If we are going to encourage new development, we need to keep fees and taxes to a minimum. While these fees can ultimately be passed on to the home buyer, the initial cost impacts the developer's up-front expense, including additional interest carry on the development loan, until the lots are sold. These increased costs to the developer result in increased home prices to the buyer.

Do you support the use of tax increment financing {TIF}, community improvement district {CID}, transportation development district {TDD} and other incentives to encourage residential and commercial development projects in your community?

I would be in favor of these programs but would seek to use them sparingly. One benefit to these tax structures is that they are imposed on the users of the development they are financing. Using TIF to bring a high-profile retailer to an unimproved or under-improved property helps Olathe compete with other municipalities and ultimately attracts a revenue source (sales tax) for the city. We should be intentional about how and when these programs are used so they are a net benefit to the community.

As your community deals with budget issues or rising costs, what if any tax increases would you support? For example, you would have the option of increasing property taxes, sales taxes, user fees. In addition, you would also have the option of not supporting any tax increases and addressing the situation entirely through budget cuts.

My approach to the budget is to start with $0.00 every year and then fund each department based on what they need to operate. Taxes should be as low as possible while still being able to provide the high level services they residents expect from Olathe and maintain an adequate reserve to fund any shortfalls if we head into a recession. I would like to see Kansas change the real estate tax structure from an annual appraised value to a flat assessment based on the purchase price of the home plus a reasonable inflation factor.

Thank you for your time in completing this candidate survey, your responses will be used to evaluate the potential support and endorsement of your candidacy by the REALTOR Association. If you have any questions, please contact me at 913-266-5916 or jeffc@kcrar.com.

Jeff Carson

Director of REALTOR Advocacy, Kansas City Regional Association of REALTORS


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