Trish Carlyle is the third candidate announcing a run for Lee’s Summit City Council to represent District 2.
Carlyle is a paralegal who’s lived in Lee’s Summit 18 years, since choosing to live in town when her family moved to a rural area between the city and Warrensburg.
As an 18-year-old, she said, she wanted a different lifestyle, loved Lee’s Summit and stayed.
She said she wants to help promote responsible growth in Lee’s Summit, while preserving the high quality of life and schools.
Married to Roger Garcia, she said that while she stayed home during the early years of each of three children she followed politics and decided try it at the right time.
“I wasn’t thinking I’d change the world by any means,” Carlyle said. “But I want to go out and make sure Lee’s Summit is a good for my kids... to make sure they have all the opportunities they need to be able to stay here.”
Councilmember Brian Whitley now holds the District 2 office is ineligible to run for the seat because of redistricting. He announced he won’t file for election in his new district.
Filings for the April 8, 2014 municipal election begin on Dec. 17 and the last day is Jan. 21.
Carlyle held her first official campaign event Sept. 23 at Mingle in downtown Lee’s Summit.
She said her different life experiences would make her a good representative.
She has worked about 18 months for a litigation firm in Overland Park, Kan., but has a broader business experience.
She holds an associate’s degree as a paralegal and an associate’s in business finance, she said. As a young woman she was a mechanic, has managed restaurants, along with periods of being a stay-at-home mother and a caretaker for her grandfather.
Carlyle said she is active in the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce, serving on its Business Development Council, Education Committee and Governmental Relations Committee. She’s also a member and co-chair of the Hope House Young Professionals, the Pleasant Lea PTA and several paralegal organizations.
If elected, she said, her priority would be to work on solving some already well-know problems with infrastructure (such as flash flooding the city recently experienced) and dangerous intersections.
Carlyle said the city should foster growth, responsibly using tax incentives, but “not giving them the world just to get them here.”
She said Lee’s Summit needs a balanced approach to economic development, and not concentrate only on luring big firms with 500 or 1,000 jobs.
“No squeezing out the little guy,” she said. “I see the good in all, but I really like the little guy and I want to see that he or she doesn’t get left behind.”
Her campaign website is http://www.carlyleforthec