Dr. Mike Kemmling, currently serving his third term on the Shawnee City Council, has filed to run for Mayor. The longest-serving member of the current council, Kemmling has represented Ward 2 since April of 2013.

During his decade of service, Kemmling has built a consistent record championing lower property taxes, fiscal responsibility, strong neighborhoods, and policies that lift up all businesses in Shawnee rather than having government pick winners and losers via corporate welfare programs. Over that same period, he has witnessed the council transform from a rubber stamp for high taxes and bigger government to a council that puts Shawnee residents first.

Even when the majority of the city council was a rubber stamp for tax hikes, reckless spending, and handouts for developers, Kemmling stood firm and pledged to continue to do so, as mayor.

The people of Shawnee have stood firmly behind Dr. Kemmling, who faced no opposition in 2017 and won a third-term handily in 2021. In 2019, 72% of Shawnee residents agreed with Kemmling in rejecting a tax increase to fund a recreation center supported by the former city council. In the last two elections, the council itself has shifted more towards a posture of listening to citizens and more prudent fiscal decision-making.

Mike and Chris Kemmling have been married for 21 years, purchasing a home in Shawnee in 2006,, where they still live with their five kids. He earned both his Bachelor's in Chemistry and Doctorate of Dental Surgery from UMKC and opened his dental practice in 2010. They attend church at Bridgeway.

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