Tammy Thomas Launches Campaign for Shawnee City Council
Shawnee - Tammy Thomas, longtime resident of Shawnee and former member of the De Soto School Board, filed to run for the Shawnee City Council in Ward 1.
Thomas, who is also a Republican Precinct Committeewoman in Shawnee 1-8, said her decision to run was rooted in a respect for the taxpayer and a desire to bring good stewardship of the city's resources – investing them in critical needs such as public safety and infrastructure.
"Shawnee residents deserve a City Council who is first and foremost on their side. That starts with being good stewards of taxpayer dollars, focusing our investments on streets and pipes, police and fire, and other real and present needs. It also means not burdening our citizens with higher taxes. 72% of residents affirmed that very stance in the recent mail ballot election - a message that Shawnee leaders should hear loud and clear,” said Thomas.
Thomas, a mother of three adult children who grew up attending public schools in Shawnee, said she wants to preserve what has made Shawnee so attractive for people to not only live, but build a life.
"Ward 1 is unique in that it stretches from Switzer all the way to Monticello, including both the older and newer parts of our city. A common thread that ties us all together is the desire to preserve that Shawnee small-town feel - one that maintains a great quality of life and is affordable for both young families and our retirees. I have a genuine desire to invest in the lives of other, building coalitions and relationships there are key to the success of Shawnee,” stressed Thomas.
The race in Ward 1 will move directly to the General Election, as there are only two candidates. Thomas is running against the incumbent, Jim Neighbor.
More about Tammy Thomas
Tammy Thomas brings a passion for family and community to the race for Shawnee City Council in Ward 1, in addition to a breadth of experience that make her uniquely qualified to represent the citizens of Ward 1. Having served previously for four years on the De Soto School Board, Tammy advocated for responsible spending and a focus what is best for children.
Throughout her professional career, Tammy has served in a number of important roles, most prominently at the Department of Nuclear Medicine at KU Med, as well as several roles at the Department of Children and Families, including overseeing a large northeastern region of Kansas that included Johnson, Leavenworth, Wyandotte, Douglas, and Atchison Counties.
Tammy’s community involvement is also extensive. In addition to her service on the School Board, Tammy has served as a Community Board Member for Shawnee Mission and Olathe Head Start, on the KVC Community Advisory Board, and in multiple Church/Community Organizations such as Shawnee Sharks Swim and Dive Team, as a Kindergarten Sunday School Teacher and as President of Mom’s and Dad’s Club Sigma Phi Epsilon at KU.
Tammy Thomas and her family have spent the bulk of their lives in Shawnee. Tammy and Bryan, her husband of 32 years and a Shawnee native, are blessed with three adult children and attend Westside Family Church. After a brief move to Texas in 1989, the Thomas family has lived in Shawnee since 1996.
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