Tim Denker, a lawyer and estate planner who practices from downtown Lee’s Summit, announced this week that he’s running for City Council in District 2.
Denker, who turns 33 in August, was born and raised in Lee’s Summit, graduating from Lee’s Summit North High School in 1998.
He said he is prompted to run by “series” of events.
During college, he said, every time he returned home he noticed a new development.
“The community had exploded, it was fun to see,” Denker said. As he was working following college, then graduating from law school, he wanted to start his own practice in his hometown, which he did in 2006. That involved him in the business community led to his decision to run.
“I want to see Lee’s Summit continue to be a livable city,” Denker said “Maybe it’s a pride factor.”
Denker said if elected he would put an emphasis on economic development and fostering close working relationships between the council, Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce, the Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council, neighbor communities and state officials.
Denker said he is active in the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce, on the Lee’s Summit 360 Charting Tomorrow Implementation Committee, appointed in 2012 as chairman for transportation, and serves as a board member for non-profits, including a newly established Blue Monday, which provides mental health support to caregivers of cancer patients.
He earned a bachelor’s in public relations, with a minor in criminal justice, in 2002, from University of Central Missouri and his law degree from University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2005. His experience includes working as a financial planner with Merrill Lynch. He does not litigate, he said.
Denker said his experience as a small business owner and in law gives him an excellent understanding of structure of local government.
“And it helped me to become a leader in Lee’s Summit in various ways I’m giving back,” Denker said.
He said he thinks Lee’s Summit is already a great place for residences, and he wants to make it a great place for business. He sees a future Lee’s Summit were residents have more opportunity to have jobs in their own city, more retail choices and services.
He said the success of the city’s economic development efforts will influence all other aspects of Lee’s Summit life.
“That is the backbone that will continue to affect Lee’s Summit’s being a livable community,” Denker said.
He said he thinks on of the biggest challenges facing the city will be fixing storm sewers that are inadequate.
He said he wants Lee’s Summit to be a premier entrepreneur’s community, which he believes is its future through efforts like Boost Lee’s Summit and businesses already here which care about nurturing growth in the community. He said he hasn’t seen the City Council make any major missteps and supports the direction the city has taken on promoting culture and arts as a tool for growth.
On the question of financial incentives to attract businesses, he said he’d have to consider each proposal on a case-by-case business. It would depend on the kind of business, the infrastructure and returns the city might get.
His philosophy on government is that he’d normally vote to reflect the sentiments he’s hearing from “educated voices” in his district because he was elected to be their representative.
Denker is married. He and his wife Amy have a Great Dane named Harrison.
He said he enjoys golf, but his main pastime is visiting friends and family.