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Meet Joshua Turk for

City Council, De Soto, KS

1) Native Kansan

I love small town U.S.A.!!! Born in the small town of Garnett, I eventually moved to Dallas and quickly learned that the big city was not for me. In 2005 I returned to Kansas and chose De Soto to be my home. Why? Because of small town high moral principles of helping our neighbors in time of need, protecting our children, and knowing the value of faith as the foundation of our nation.

2) De Soto Resident For 18 Years

Now I am standing up for our small town values and have chosen to run for De Soto City Council. Living across the street from the old Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant (now the Panasonic development site) for the last 18 years, I have a front row seat to observe the vast change underway and I want to make sure that the interests of current residents of De Soto are represented before the interests of business that want to move here.

3) Teacher, Software Engineer, SQL Developer, Pastor

As a conservative Republican with a BS in Mathematics and JCCC certifications in Data Analysis and Software Development, I have worked as a public-school math teacher, software engineer, SQL developer, and now the pastor of Philadelphia Baptist Church. With this analytical background and pastoral skills, I will be able to ask hard questions about hard topics including zoning changes and tax subsidies.

W 95th St De Soto KS
W 102nd St, De Soto, KS 66018

My Vision

Keep De Soto’s small town lifestyle and prevent it from becoming a heavy industrial complex.

1) Citizens Of De Soto First

I will value and listen to the current citizens of De Soto and place their interests above any future business that wants to move into this city.

2) Small Town Atmosphere

I want to live in a rural, residential city, not a commercial, industrial city. If I wanted to live in a big city with a lot of traffic congestion I would have moved to a big city. I have no desire to have a Chicago, Dallas, or New York atmosphere where I live.

I enjoy seeing the deer, skunks, racoons, opossums, squirrels, horses, cows, goats, chickens and other wildlife and farm life that is found here in De Soto. I don’t want that to change.

A) Contained Business Development

As much as possible focus the industrial developments within the new Ad Astra Park (formerly the Sunflower Ammunition plant / Panasonic development site).

B) Preserve Current Rural / Residential Zoning

Work to maintain the current residential, rural land outside the Ad Astra Park (Sunflower Ammunition plant / Panasonic development site) from being turned into a commercial, industrial complex.

3) Transparency On Zoning Changes

  • Our community must be informed of zoning changes, not just those who live within 500 ft., as per state statute.
  • We must have frank discussions in open venues as to what we the people want our town to look like in 20 years.

4) Fiscal Responsibility

I do not believe that giving unfair tax advantages to businesses is a good idea. The citizens usually end up paying for it in higher property taxes and utility bills.