Michael Kelly, a technology salesman and current member of the Prairie Village city council, will file today for April’s mayoral election, he told the Prairie Village Post Monday.
Kelly, 36, was first elected to his Ward 3 council seat in 2006 and was reelected last year.
He will face three term incumbent Ron Shaffer. Shaffer has never before faced a challenger for mayor.
“I want to make clear that I respect and appreciate Mayor Shaffer’s service,” Kelly said. “The question I’ve been asking myself as I’ve been deciding whether to run is what’s the difference between a good city and a great city? And how will what we do in the next four years impact the following 30?”
Kelly said he’s running on a five point platform focusing on: fiscal responsibility; developing comprehensive plans for the city’s key areas; fostering strong homes associations; cultivating the arts; and advocating for the city’s schools.
He said the closing of Mission Valley should “serve as a wake up call,” and that he thought the city could be a more vocal advocate for schools by working with lawmakers in Topeka, and by communicating better with local parents about school issues.
Kelly graduated from Rockhurst University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He works for Digix Inc. He is not married.