Michael Poppa running for Roeland Park City Council
Michael Poppa, whom many of you may know from his role as metro Kansas City chairman with Equality Kansas, has stepped down from that position. In an email sent out to his friends, he announced that he is running for a seat on Roeland Park’s City Council. Poppa helped in last year’s fight to approve the LGBT anti-discrimination vote by Roeland Park’s council.
An excerpt from his letter is reprinted below:
As many of you know, I am running for the Ward 4 seat on Roeland Park City Council. For those of you who have already expressed support, thank you. Though this will be a difficult race, I believe I have a real chance at winning the election and helping to lead Roeland Park into the future.
Including myself, there are three candidates running in Ward 4: the incumbent, Mareck Gliniecki, and another resident, JoAnna Rush. Last year during the non-discrimination votes in Roeland Park, Mr. Glinieckie went on record with a “no” vote and stated his affiliation with a local church as his only reason why. And throughout the five months of discussion and debate over the ordinance, Ms. Rush was a lead voice for the opposition. While the non-discrimination ordinance is not the only reason I decided to run for this position, I feel strongly that everyone in Roeland Park deserves the same legal protections under the law regardless of, among other things, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity.
So, here I am … at the beginning of a brand new journey. And I ask for, and need, your support.
The primary election was on March 3, and the general election will be April 7. Poppa is looking for volunteers in a variety of roles. For more information and to sign up as a volunteer, go to his campaign website, Michael Poppa