A New Day.
A New Way.
Michael O'Donnell for Sedgwick
A New Day
We are blessed to live in Sedgwick County! From our neighborhood churches and schools to our incredible companies that literally change the world, there is no better place to live and raise a family. However, we can and must do better. We need leadership willing to listen and work with our partners in the community to bring more jobs to our region. We need leaders dedicated to keeping our taxes low and our quality of life high. I have the experience and the proven track record to make that happen. With your help we will make Sedgwick County a leader in the 21st century.
Michael O'Donnell is a 4th generation resident of Wichita. Michael and his family have been dedicated to our community for over 50 years attending schools and Grace Baptist Church where his father has been the Senior Pastor since 1984.
Michael was elected to the Wichita City Council in April 2011 and now serves as a Kansas State Senator since 2013. He continues to be a voice of fiscal responsibility for all Wichitans.
Michael is a graduate of Friends University with a degree in political science and currently serves as the Chairman of Sedgwick County Young Republicans.
Michael O'Donnell and Bob Dole
"Our daughter Kimberly, who was born with Down Syndrome, had been on the Medicaid waiting list for 15 years by the time I reached out to Michael O'Donnell for help. I knew Michael was a strong supporter of The Arc of Sedgwick County and met him at an event at the Arc. He said he would help Kimberly get the Medicaid services she needed. Within 2 months Kimberly was receiving services and now lives on her own. NONE of this wouldn't have happened without Michael O'Donnell and our entire family is grateful he is serving our community."
Kimberly, Bonnie, and Carl Fry
While Commissioner Tim Norton has voted to raise property taxes, and just last year was the deciding vote to stop a property tax decrease, property taxes continue to burden homeowners in Sedgwick County.
Seniors in our county are being taxed out of their homes and young families are not able to purchase homes - in part because of high property taxes. I promise to oppose any increase on property taxes while commissioner.
There is no greater responsibility of a county government than maintaining a safe and secure community.
Whether it is the Sheriff's Department, the Fire Department, or EMS I will always work with and support the men and women who put their lives on the line for us every single day.
The Sedgwick County Health Department is a vital and necessary agency for our community.
I will work with our community health partners to create an environment where they are able to perform their duties with minimal interference. We can achieve this goal by working with the state and non-profit agencies committed to good health in our area.
Maintaining our roads in bridges is a top priority for the county and should be a tremendous focus for the commission.
I will work with all of our cities to make sure we are continuing to provide great county roads.
Stop Wasteful Spending
From my days on the Wichita City Council to the Kansas Senate, I have been dedicated to stopping government waste.
I have been able to stop no-bid contracts in Wichita to cleaning up agencies like KDHE to save the Kansas taxpayers over $200 million a year. I plan to bring that same fiscal responsibility to Sedgwick County.
After public safety, I have no greater goal than creating a positive business climate so businesses can thrive in our county.
Our region has suffered tremendous job losses over the last 7 years and we must find a solution. I believe that government cannot create
jobs, however, government can work with businesses to make sure they have the tools and resources necessary to move here or expand. I'm excited about the ability to be a part of the solution in Sedgwick County.
Donations up to $500 per person or company per cycle. Couples may donate $1000 per cycle. Please make checks payable to Michael for Sedgwick County.
Kansas State passes financial protections for seniors
The Senate unanimously passed a pair of bills Thursday designed to help protect senior citizens against financial scams. Senate Bill 354 gives prosecutors greater tools to seek justice against anyone who takes advantage of a senior, said Sen. Michael O’Donnell, R-Wichita...
Sedgwick County eyeing tax abatement for tornado victims
Sedgwick County commissioners say they’re interested in exercising some newfound authority to abate property taxes billed on south Wichita-area homes after they were destroyed in an April 2012 tornado. But they’re not sure yet how exactly that will work. A new provision in state law...
Wichita senators forming plan to eliminate tax on food
Even though it may be too late to offset costs for Wichitans if the 1-cent sales tax passes on Nov. 4, two state senators say they want to introduce a plan in the Legislature to eliminate sales tax on food. Kansas is one of a handful of states that tax groceries or food for preparation at home.“Every Kansan eats, so lowering...
Governor signs law to establish state database of scrap metal sales
A bill that would establish a statewide database of scrap metal sales in an attempt to curb thefts has been signed into law by the governor. HB 2048, which Gov. Sam Brownback signed Friday, requires the attorney general’s office to set up and maintain the database.
Senate moves GOP-backed welfare reforms
The Senate debated five hours before advancing legislation Wednesday incorporating into Kansas law a collection of controversial welfare reforms implemented by officials in the administration of Gov. Sam Brownback during the past four years...
Paid for by Michael O'Donnell for Sedgwick County, Linda Kizzire, Treasurer.