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  • "I think it shows that we have just a broad spectrum of support from people who want to invest in good governance,” Claire Reagan, treasurer and manager for Vakas’ campaign, said. “I think that just the diversity of amounts, the diversity of individuals just shows a lot of will for some change.”

    Dean Vakas outraises all other City Council candidates in general election
    The Olathe Reporter, October 29, 2021

  • "When making budget decisions, I will prioritize ongoing improvements to our overall quality of life as well as transparency through a more proactive effort to engage residents in the entire process. We must be mindful to balance the burden of taxation with the needs of our growing city."

    Property tax, nonpartisanship, public safety and more: Here's where the Olathe city council candidates stand
    The Olathe Reporter, October 22, 2021

  • "The nature of our high-performing city demands that we always look inward to see what we can change."

    Olathe City Council candidates discuss housing, taxes, transportation in community debate
    The Olathe Reporter, October 6, 2021

  • “So many of the decisions that impact our lives are made locally, and this simply means that everyone should pay particular attention to local elections and be involved, understand the issues, understand the candidates and vote.”

    These people are seeking Olathean votes in local elections. How often have they voted in the last five years?
    The Olathe Reporter, October 4, 2021

  • "I'm running for City Council Fundamentally as a continuation of a life of public service."

    Candidate Interview, Johnson County Public Policy Council

  • "Being in service to others is at the core of who I am. It's how I was raised, what I've spent my life doing, and why I want to be your City Councilor At-Large."

    Candidate Survey, Johnson County Public Policy Council

  • "Ensuring that we have the right, high-quality people on the City Council makes the difference in, ultimately, what our real quality of life is."

    Vakas, K. Gilmore move on to general election in at-large city council race
    The Olathe Reporter, August 3, 2021

  • "...people who want change are motivated to give their money and their time to see that this change comes to fruition."

    Dean Vakas raised nearly 10 times more than other at-large city council primary candidates
    The Olathe Reporter, August 2, 2021

  • "From where I come from, people are valued as people," Vakas said. "We come in all different shapes and sizes, all different colors, all different ethnicities, all different countries of origin, we have different sexuality, we have different gender orientation, but every one of us is a priceless piece of humanity."

    Laughter, Nogueras, Vakas discuss housing, diversity in city council candidate forum
    The Olathe Reporter
    , July14, 2021

  • "Everybody in Olathe means something to me, and I want to represent every Olathean," Vakas said.

    Dean Vakas says run for at-large seat on city council is about public service
    The Olathe Reporter, July 12, 2021

  • "City Hall should say we understand residential benefit districts are frequently not good," he said. "They should be our last resort. And we need to think our way through this without taxing the residents."

    Johnson County residents push to end ‘secret’ property taxes that can blindside owners
    The Kansas City Star, July 4, 2021

  • "Downtown Olathe is changing. It’s finally happening," Vakas said. "A decade from now, downtown Olathe is going to be significantly different than it is today."

    This JoCo downtown could get ‘first big redevelopment.’ Will it force businesses out?
    The Kansas City Star, November 11, 2019