Edgerton Mayor Donald Roberts today announced his candidacy to serve the people of Kansas’ 43rd District as their next state representative.
Roberts, a Republican, said he is dedicated to finding solutions to resolve the state’s budget shortfalls by reviewing expenditures and incomes to resolve how to best assure that income is derived from sources fairly without giving one income bracket advantages over others, finding new funding formulas for all school districts as well as ensuring Kansas roads and infrastructure are funded to promote positive economic development growth.
“I am excited about the opportunity to serve and represent the people of the 43rd District in the Kansas legislature,” Roberts said.  “I am committed to working with leaders from all parts of the region to create more economic opportunities for all who seek them.  Together, we will help make Kansas the best place to live, work and raise a family.”
In as few as six short years, Mayor Donald Roberts has helped transform not only the City of Edgerton, but the entire southwest Johnson County region into a global logistics hub, all the while maintaining the small town values the community was built on and is known for. Roberts has played an instrumental role in securing the BNSF Intermodal Facility and Logistics Parks Kansas City (LPKC), a 1,700-acre master-planned distribution and warehouse development, to the area. To meet the training needs of current companies and to fulfill the employment needs of future companies locating at LPKC, Roberts has also helped facilitate a public-private partnership leading to the creation of a Learning & Career Center (LCC) at LPKC. LCC, in partnership with Johnson County Community College, will prepare candidates for a career in warehousing and distribution operations and is a proactive step in providing a well-qualified labor force well into the future.
Roberts continues to advocate for the 43rd District within the economic development industry through his involvement with the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Kansas Freight Advisory Committee. With the BNSF Intermodal and LPKC as prime examples, Roberts’ involvement with the Southwest Johnson County Economic Development Corporation, KC SmartPort and the Kansas City Area Development Council further position southwest Johnson County and the City of Edgerton as a premier global transportation and logistics hub.
Roberts will retain his locally elected position as mayor through his term, which expires in May 2017. He is a lifelong resident of Edgerton