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President's Message

August 2021

From the Business Perspective Newsletter

Who will decide your future?

For the first time in 16 years, Overland Park voters will select a new mayor. This means EVERY registered voter in Overland Park should cast a ballot in the August primary.

Voters in Wards 1, 2, 4, and 5 also will vote for council members, with no incumbents running in Wards 2 and 5. This means that at least three new officials will be elected to our City Council.

In the last local election in 2019, only 8.3% of Johnson County voters turned out in the primary. That’s right, fewer than 10% of the voters determined who you could vote for on the November ballot, the one lots of people consider the important one. So important that in the November 2019 election only 17% of Johnson County voters took the time to cast a ballot. In Kansas, advance voting is so easy and convenient, there’s no reason to not cast a ballot. Otherwise, you’re letting other people choose the direction of your community for you.

Need to:

  • See your sample ballot for who’s running?
  • Find the closest advance voting location and when it’s open?
  • Learn about the candidates from surveys and recorded forums?

Check out, a non-partisan, no-endorsements website sponsored by the Johnson County Public Policy Council (that’s all your regional chambers of commerce)

You often hear that local government impacts your business and your life the most because it’s true. That’s why it’s critical that you make this election a priority. Share the with your colleagues, family and friends and encourage them to learn about their candidates and vote. I’ve already voted and was in and out of my polling place in less than ten minutes. Please join me in casting an advance ballot, or visit your assigned polling location on Tuesday, Aug. 3. #votejoco


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Tracey Osborne Oltjen

written by

Tracey Osborne Oltjen, CCE, IOM

President & CEO