Tuesday is election day in Roeland Park where four candidates are on the ballot to fill the remainder of the term for Councilor Robert Myers, Jr., who resigned from the city council earlier this year.
Residents of Roeland Park’s second ward will vote Tuesday for a new city council representative from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Bishop Miege.
The balloting is only for residents of the city’s second ward. The polling location will be at the Bishop Miege North Campus, 4901 Reinhardt from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The four candidates on the ballot are:
- Roger Cooper – 4730 El Monte
- Shea Geist – 5000 Southridge St.
- Russell Parks – 4760 Mohawk Dr.
- Michael Rhoades – 4916 Mohawk Dr.
Geist is the director of operations for the Coalition for Independence, an organization that helps people with disabilities live independently. She was born in Kansas City and returned to the metro in 2009. She has a degree in economics from Rockhurst and went on to earn an MBA. Geist participated in the Roeland Park Citizens’ Academy.
She and her husband, Geoff, have a son who attends the Roeland Park Child Development Center and will be a student at Roesland Elementary in the fall. Geist says she is running because she wants “every Roeland Parker to have the same positive experience we have.”
Rhoades is a third generation Roeland Park resident. He has been a real estate professional for more than 10 years. A graduate of Bishop Miege, he has a bachelor’s degree in studio art from UMKC. His children attend school at St. Agnes. He coaches YMCA basketball and football and 3&2 baseball. He says he is running to make sure Roeland remains a great place to live, raise a family and retire.
The other candidates did not respond to requests for background information.
The newest council member will participate almost immediately in some significant decisions. Votes have been delayed on the KCP&L franchise fee exemptions and an anti-discrimination ordinance, both of which have received divided public comment. The council also is entering its budget deliberations. Geist has been endorsed by Equality Kansas, a group advocating for the passage of the anti-discrimination ordinance.