Family is Top Priority
Clay is a mediator and attorney; his wife, Sherri Martin, is a pediatrician. Together, they are the proud parents of a large blended family with nine amazing kids. The two of them have followed the examples of their own parents to pour their hearts and souls into raising responsible young adults.
Like many of us living in Overland Park today, Clay came from modest beginnings. His parents married just out of high school, and throughout his life they demonstrated the importance of both hard work and dedication to family. Clay’s dad was a tool and die maker and a journeyman, and his mom cleaned houses before eventually becoming a middle-school librarian. Although his parents could not afford to send him to college, Clay earned a scholarship and worked three jobs while completing his undergraduate degree.
Emulating his family’s work ethic and driven by his own determination, Clay graduated with honors from Loyola University Chicago School of Law — and did it while working full-time to support his family. He was drawn to Overland Park by the top-notch schools, safe neighborhoods, affordable homes, and good job prospects. He was part of Kansas City's largest law firm for 18 years before opening his own law practice in Overland Park. The most rewarding part of his legal career has been the time that he’s dedicated to pro bono work representing families adopting foster children.
All of Clay and Sherri’s kids graduated from or are currently in Blue Valley schools, and they’ve all gone on to attend state and local colleges. Like so many in our community, Clay recognizes the importance of maintaining top-tier public education in Overland Park. It is the life blood of our community, the key to a strong workforce, and a major factor in attracting new investment in our city. Clay is a passionate education advocate and has a background of involvement in our schools, founding the Blue Valley West Father's Club, volunteering at events, and lending his expertise as a consultant to administration.
Overland Park residents want a leader who can relate to their own struggles and knows what’s important for our success. You can count on Clay.
Trusted Community Leadership
It's important to elect a Mayor who has deep roots in our community. Clay’s neighbors and colleagues have trusted his leadership for over 20 years, and they know we need a new mayor who has an established history of taking on every role, both big and small, with integrity and decency.
Clay has built relationships throughout the community by coaching kids sports, leading his colleagues as bar-association president, serving on local advisory boards and commissions, and even stepping into roles where few would want to serve, like homes-association president.
Members of Overland Park’s business community recognize the benefits of participating in the Leadership Overland Park program, which Clay graduated from in 2008. Both Clay and his wife are small-business owners who can understand the struggles our local businesses have endured. The leaders of our business community are excited to have a new mayor who will foster an environment in which our economy can thrive.
Here are just some of Clay’s past and present roles in our community:
Faith in Action
Just like family, faith is an important part of life in Overland Park, and we all expect our beliefs to be respected in the community. Our neighbors are Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Christians, Buddhists, Atheists, Agnostics, and the faithful of many other religions. Together we make up the fabric of a strong, vibrant, and diverse community.
Clay and his family have found a strong foundation of faith and morality in Pastor Adam Hamilton and the members of the Church of the Resurrection. Clay has been deeply involved in the church, where he led the congregation’s Board of Trustees for two years and then accepted the invitation and election to lead the Church Council, the church’s governing body, for three years. He has sponsored his kids on church mission trips, volunteers often, and regularly attends service with his family.
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