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Business owner Sayers seeks to fill position being vacated by retiring Mayor Michael Boehm 


LENEXA, Kans. —  Ward 4 Lenexa City Councilmember, business owner, and commercial interior designer Julie Sayers today announces her campaign for Mayor of Lenexa. 

Julie will bring practical policy experience, a lens of leadership and advocacy, and real-world business sense to the mayor’s role. 

“We have established Lenexa as one of the most desirable and dynamic communities in Johnson County. The vision and implementation it took to get us to this point required a culture of collaboration, prudent financial management, and active engagement with the public that we serve,” Sayers said. “I have the experience to guide the continuation of responsible community development as our city keeps growing, and the resolve to maintain and revitalize our historic neighborhoods for the next generation.”

Since being elected to Lenexa City Council in November 2019, Julie has proven herself to be an engaged, dedicated, and visionary leader for Lenexa. She has been active on multiple committees, including the selection committees for the Lenexa Justice Center project and the steering committee for Lenexa’s Comprehensive Plan update. Among many policy achievements, Julie was integral in the approval of updates to Zoning Code to include Homeless Shelter regulations for ongoing operations of Project 10/20 at Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church, and the implementation of Phases I & II of Lenexa’s Complete Streets Plan.

As a designer, Julie has spent the past 20 years focused on protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public - making sustainable choices, while stewarding the built environment where people learn, heal, work, and play. In January, Julie, along with her three business partners, purchased commercial furniture dealer encompas, where she has worked as a project manager since 2011. 

Throughout her career, Sayers has served as President of the International Interior Design Association’s Mid America Chapter, and President of the Center for Architecture and Design Kansas City. Most recently, Julie joined the Executive Board of Climate Action KC, nonprofit regional collaborative bringing elected officials and community leaders together to reduce emissions, invigorate the economy, promote public health and improve the quality of life across the Kansas City region. 

Sayers is a proud product of Topeka Public Schools and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design from the University of Kansas. Along with her husband Scott and their two dogs, Sayers has made her home Johnson County for 15 years, purchasing their home in Lenexa in 2014. 

Current Lenexa Mayor Michael Boehm has announced he will not seek re-election after serving the city as mayor for the past 20 years. This nonpartisan election will take place in November 2023, with a primary in August 2023, if necessary.