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Kristie Adair
Dear Friends,

As a long time Lawrence resident, mother of two, local entrepreneur and school board member I'm excited to be a candidate for City Commission.

With your help I'll bring City Hall the same fiscally responsible no-drama leadership that has made USD 497 one of the best school districts in Kansas.

At the school district our leadership team has won the trust of our community by responsibly deploying funds to benefit our children.  As a city commissioner I'll work tirelessly to rebuild trust in the city using the same transparent and thoughtful approach.

I've had many opportunities to talk with residents about city government through my membership on the School Board, First United Methodist ChurchLawrence Central Rotary Club, Toastmasters International, Lawrence Social Media Club, Lawrence Pedestrian Coalition, Lawrence Women's Network,  Lawrence Trail HawksLawrence Breakfast Optimist Club, and as the co-chair of the Safe Routes to School initiative   I've given a lot of thought to your concerns and have concrete plans to address them.

Economic Opportunity

I've talked with many members of the Lawrence community who are struggling financially.  That's why I wasn't surprised to learn from the 2014 City Auditor's report that over the past 10 years Lawrence has added 4,000 fewer jobs than comparable communities.  In fact Lawrence has lost more than 800 jobs over the last 10 years.

That's why I've been a strong advocate for re-focusing our economic development efforts on supporting start-ups and local small businesses.  This past fall I built a coalition of 14 local companies to insist that the City and County re-evaluate our economic development focus.

I believe that Lawrence needs better economic opportunities for our younger generation.   I'm confident that together we can create these opportunities by encouraging entrepreneurship and promoting small business growth.

Diversity

Lawrence deserves a leadership team that reflects the diversity of our community.

One reason USD 497 operates within its budget and with little controversy is that the school board is as diverse as the community it serves.  A racially diverse group of 3 women and 4 men brings the school board a variety of viewpoints based on different backgrounds and experiences.

Study after study has confirmed that organizations with diverse leadership teams outperform their homogeneous counterparts.  Our community needs strong, capable women to take leadership roles at City Hall.

Infrastructure

A growing tax base is the key to building and maintaining local infrastructure.  With additional funds generated by new businesses and new jobs our community will be able to afford the best roads, bridges, lighting,water and police facilities in Kansas.

Pedestrian Safety

I'm an avid runner and love to walk and bike for fun and for transportation.  That is why I've been active in the Lawrence Pedestrian Coalition and took the position as co-chair of the Safe Routes to School initiative.

Sidewalks, bike lanes and walking trails are much less expensive than multilane roads and traffic circles.  Pedestrian infrastructure promotes public health and makes our community safer, more attractive place to live.

As your representative on the city commission I'll focus on enhancing pedestrian infrastructure to make Lawrence a more walkable community.

I believe that Lawrence is one of the best places in the world to live, work and raise a family, but there is work to be done.  With the my experience as a business person, entrepreneur and community leader I believe I can help strengthen Lawrence for future generations.

To ensure success, I'll need your help.  Please take a minute to like us on Facebook, volunteer with the campaign or make a donation and be sure to come out and vote March 3.  With your vote we can do it!

Sincerely,

-Kristie