The Kanza Group and Kansas Chapter of the Sierra Club have endorsed Ed Peterson for Chair of the Johnson County Board of Commissioners in the upcoming 2014 election. Peterson is a former city council member and a former mayor of Fairway. He has served as commissioner for District one for the past 12 years. Peterson is seeking the Chair position because he believes new leadership is needed to address the challenges, including environmental, that face the county. As a commissioner, Peterson has been an outstanding advocate for sensible environmental policies.
While serving as commissioner, Peterson also served as Chair of the Air Quality Forum of Mid America Regional Council, Co-chaired the Water Resource Task Force, founded Northeast Johnson County Sustainability Committee, Chaired the Citizens Environmental Citizens’ Advisory Task Force, and served as a member of the Environment and Land Use Steering Committee of the National Association of Counties.
Peterson opposed the merging of the Johnson County Department of the Environment with the Department of Health and is a strong advocate for public transit. The Kanza Group of the Sierra Club presented Peterson with its Eco-Advocacy award in 2012. We strongly urge all Sierra Club members to support Ed’s candidacy. Additional information on Ed’s positions on various issues and how to donate can be found on his website – www.edpeterson.org. There is a fundraiser for Peterson organized by Johnson County environmentalists to be held on January 16, 2014.