Overland Park & Leawood

Prairie Village mayor will not seek reelection next fall

Prairie Village Mayor Laura Wassmer has announced she will not run for reelection this fall.

In an email to the City Council and city staff on Wednesday, Wassmer said “after much contemplation and soul searching” that she will end her 20-year political career early next year.

“In January I will be turning over the reins in order to pursue other passions and to spend more time with my family who all live out of state,” Wassmer said. “I will truly miss working with you, but hope to keep in touch and will continue to pop in to say hello – it will be hard to completely let go after so many years.”

She said she planned to make a formal announcement at the council’s next meeting on May 7.

Wassmer was first elected to the council in 1998 and served until being elected mayor in 2015.

Former Ward 3 City Councilman Eric Mikkelson, who chose not to run for re-election last year, has already signed up to replace Wassmer.

“We have a great city, but it did not come easily and it can be squandered quickly,” he said in an announcement Wednesday evening. “We can not take our quality of life for granted. It takes experienced, skilled leadership to continue moving Prairie Village forward.”

Mikkelson, who clashed with Wassmer at times during his four-year term on the council, said her service had benefited the city and “provided invaluable experience preparing me to lead Prairie Village.”

Candidates for mayor have until June 1 to file with the Johnson County Elections Office.

David Twiddy: dtwiddy913@gmail.com