OVERLAND PARK, KS — Clay Norkey, an attorney, father to nine, and dedicated advocate for the people of Overland Park, launched his campaign today to become the city’s first new mayor in 16 years. Norkey is running to bring a new perspective to Overland Park government — a perspective that will overcome complacency, promote transparency, and lift the city to even greater heights. He believes that Overland Park deserves leadership that will protect what makes our community one of the nation’s best places to live and raise a family while ensuring better public engagement and a focus on collaboration.
Norkey is deeply involved in the Overland Park community and understands the importance of maintaining our exceptional public schools, safe neighborhoods, and opportunities for high-paying jobs. He also knows that the city must continue to innovate to be affordable for working families, appealing to young people, and welcoming for our seniors.
“I chose to raise my family in Overland Park,” Norkey said. “Now that my kids are getting older, I want to be sure OP is a community that is attractive to them as young adults and remains a great place to raise their families.”
As mayor, Norkey will bring a wealth of experience as a leader among his peers. He has served as a commissioner and vice chair of the Blue Valley Recreation Commission, where he helped oversee the development of the new Recreation Center at Hilltop and expanded programming for older adults. Norkey has also led his colleagues as a bar association president, organized his fellow parents as the co-founder and chair of the Blue Valley West Fathers’ Club, served the members of his church as chair of the Board of Trustees and the Church Council at the Church of the Resurrection, and assisted his neighbors as homes association president. He has strong ties to the Overland Park business community as a small-business owner and 2008 graduate of Leadership Overland Park.
Norkey has long understood what can be accomplished with hard work, supporting himself through college and completing law school at Loyola University Chicago while holding down a full-time job to keep his family afloat. After law school, Norkey was drawn to Overland Park because he recognized how much the city had to offer to growing families, and now he’s ready to get to work for our community to maintain and build upon our high quality of life and. With Norkey’s experience and leadership, Overland Park can move confidently into a future of collaborative government that puts people first.