Hansel running for county commission

Jeff Guy
Shelley Hansel

Shelley Hansel is running for Sumner County Commissioner for District 2 seat. She will run in the Republican primary, Aug. 4 against Jim Newell, who currently holds the seat.

“I believe the citizens of District 2 deserve a choice as to who represents them at the County level.  Mr. Newell has served in his position for 16 years and while I appreciate his service all those years, I feel like it's time for a change and a new perspective,” Hansel said in an email. “District 2 includes a lot of great people and communities and I would be honored to represent them.”

Hansel was born in Sumner County and has lived here most of her life. She was employed by the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce for 12 years. During that time she created the Sumner County Leadership Initiative which helps residents learn more about Sumner County and how they can be more involved. As Mayor, she served as the Chairperson for the Regional Economic Area Partnership (REAP) which is a 10 county government organization formed to unite the south central Kansas region. She served as Wellington Mayor from 2015 to 2019.

“I am very proud that we were able to bring Cowley College to Sumner County,” Hansel said. “It was not easy but with the work of many dedicated citizens and community leaders, we were able to get it done. I absolutely believe higher education elevates everyone to achieve more. Plus it helps our businesses grow and retain our young people and create a skilled and educated workforce ready to hit the ground running once they graduate.

Hansel is also proud of approving a City of Wellington road study. “This study gave us a road map on how to prioritize and take on the task of repairing aging city streets.

Hansel said she would like to see the county  more united and all communities

represented.  She would like to see the Commission hold meetings around the

County and also at different times of the day so we are more accessible to

the citizens.

“I would like to see the Commission be more accessible to all citizens by taking their meetings on the road once a month and at a later time in the day to allow working people to attend,” Hansel said.  “I would also like to see the County Commission meetings recorded and put on

the County website for all citizens to view. Speaking of the County

website, it's needs to be updated and more user friendly as well as the

Courthouse in general.”

The pandemic “has thrown our economy into a tailspin that we are still trying to recover from,” Hansel said.

However, the county still has essential services and programs that it must provide for residents, she added. There may be ways to save money on duplicated services or a way to consolidate buying on supplies, she said.

“Sumner County has a lot to offer anyone consider moving here but we must work together and stand united to make that happen,” she said.