The Johnson County Commission Wars

by Charlotte O’Hara – reprinted with permission – as printed in The Johnson County Gazette

Another action-packed 2 weeks at the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners. Perhaps we should be renamed the Battle Ground of Politics!

County Chairman, Mike Kelly, announced his new Political Action Committee, Amber Waves, designed specifically to oust the Sheriff, the DA and yours truly. Ah, his love of diversity is showing in its full glory!!!! Anything Republican is to be crushed.

Meanwhile back working for the good folks of Johnson County, Commissioner Fast, a Democrat, and myself, a Republican, are working TOGETHER on tying up the loose ends of the 35-acre abandoned Kuhlman property at 164th and Mission. The Kansas City Star and the Johnson County Post have both ran excellent articles on this 30-year kid magnet and environmental blight which now is on the cusp of becoming a diamond in our park system.

However, a funny thing happened on the way to this happy ending: sustainability environmentalist, Chairman Mike Kelly, blocked the use of COVID funds to help defray development costs. If you want to watch the bloodbath, go to and watch The Committee of the Whole’s February 29th meeting.

So king of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Chairman Kelly, has created a PAC specifically to oust Republicans and as the savior of the world environmentalist, he blocked the restoration and reclamation of 35 acres for a park.

Methinks he dost protest too much.

One comment

  1. How is it possible that “one man” can arbitrarily make decisions and appears to get buy with it? This doesn’t sound like a commission to me; it sounds like a dictatorship!

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