SHAWNEE, Kan. — With the general election less than a month away, FOX4 is working to help voters get a better idea where candidates stand on issues impacting residents in the metro.
FOX4 sent out a questionnaire to candidates in more than 50 races in Johnson County.
FOX4 did not receive a response from Theodore. Here’s a look at what Gillette had to say:
Q: What is your top policy issue for the City of Shawnee?
Gillette: Be a voice for the tax-paying citizens of Shawnee; bring common sense back to city spending, and help lead Shawnee to be a great city to raise a family, grow a small business, and live the American dream in Kansas.
Q: What do you feel will be the biggest challenge to the city in the next 10 years and how should it be addressed?
Gillette: Economic development that is the proper “fit-and-feel” of each unique neighborhood across town. We need to focus on revitalizing investments to our inner core streets with curbs, gutters, and sidewalks.
Q: What changes, if any, would you like to see in the city budget?
Gillette: We need to make the budget process more transparent and simple to read and understand. There are plenty of cost reduction opportunities available.
Q: Would you support the city issuing a mask mandate or any other health orders beyond what has been recommended by the county health department? Please explain why or why not.
Gillette: No, mandates are not needed at the city level. Health choices should be a personal choice for each citizen or business to choose as they wish.